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Ginger-Pear Waffles

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20-30 min

Servings: makes 12 regular waffles or 4-6 Belgian waffles

Recipe By: Isa Chandra Moskowitz

From:  Vegan With a Vengeance
Used with permission of Da Capo Books

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Ginger-Pear Waffles

When grating the pear for these waffles, leave the skin on -- it adds a nice texture and interesting flecks of color. It's best if you choose a pear that is a little underripe, which makes the grating easier and gives off less moisture. If you want to add even more gingery goodness, fold in a tablespoon of finely chopped crystallized ginger.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup pear or apple juice
3/4 cup soy milk
1/3 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons corn oil (canola or vegetable oil will do)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1  Bosc pear, grated
Preheat waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl. In a medium-size bowl, mix together the juice, soy milk, applesauce, oil, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and slowly blend the wet ingredients into the dry until combined. Fold in the grated pear.

Make your waffles according to the manufacturer's directions. I use a Belgian waffle iron, and 1 cup of batter per waffle works for me. For crispier waffles, let cook 30 seconds to a minute longer than the directions suggest.

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