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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pumpkin Waffles with Cream Cheese Syrup: Improv Challenge

This month's Improv Challenge, formerly hosted by Sheryl of The Lady Behind the Curtain,  was to come up with a recipe using pumpkin and cream cheese. Sheryl suddenly dropped her blog, email, everything, leaving all of us a bit worried about her.   With no means of communicating with her, I decided to continue the Improv Challenger here at Frugal Antics of a Harried  Homemaker.  Anyone can join (just send me an email) and post with us in the future.  The object of the challenge is to take two ingredients and come up with something amazing.  Sheryl already assigned November: pumpkin and cream cheese as well as December: eggnog and cranberries and January: lemons and sour cream. February will be carrots and ginger.
If I were incredibly on the ball, I would have come up with something exotic like a vegetarian Pumpkin Pot Pie in a Cream Cheese based crust or maybe even a Pumpkin Donut filled with Cream Cheese.  However, real life demands that I feed five children.  And my kids love waffles.  I used the same cream cheese "syrup" here that I used on the cake mix pancakes a few weeks back.  That stuff is pretty fabulous.  I think I could serve it straight onto my kids hands and they would be happy just licking it off.  Not a pretty thought, but still, I think they'd all like it.

Pumpkin Waffles (adapted from Southern Living)
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground caramon
3 eggs, separated
1 3/4 cups milk
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the egg yolks, milk, oil and pumpkin and stir until just combined.  Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until they form stiff peaks.  Fold the egg whites into the pumpkin mixture.  Cook the waffles in a hot, greased waffle iron until done.

Cream Cheese "Syrup"
3 Tbsp cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
enough milk to make a thick, syrup consistency
Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Add the vanilla along with about 2 Tbsp milk and beat.  Add extra milk until you get the desired consistency.

54 comments:

Cathy W said...

Dang, this looks good right now. Can you teleport some to me? :) This week crept up on me, but I'm getting some good eggnog and cranberry ideas together....love that cream cheese syrup...yum!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Is that syrup for real?? I'm so ready for breakfast.

Joanne said...

That syrup is amazing! And definitely the perfect topping for the pancakes!

Joanne said...

Err...waffles. My brain isn't working today.

MrsFoxsSweets said...

These look so yummy and would be great for breakfast, but I would probably have them for dinner too! You are really making me think I need to ask Santa for a waffle iron!

Prathima Rao said...

Yummy waffles sure to brighten up a lazy morning :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

ping said...

That's real food! Making all those exotic stuff sometimes doesn't get eaten and that would be such a waste. Of course, I never learn and tend to move that way sometimes ... just for the occasional fun. That looks scrumptious! I've never had pumpkin waffles before. I love pumpkins and this would really make me happy! Great job continuing the challenge. I will contribute when I can. I doubt I'll have the time this round tho.

Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies said...

Oh that looks so good! Definitely will have to try this. I'll admit it, the only waffles my kids get are frozen. I need to invest in a waffle maker.

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook said...

Looks delicious! Too bad I don't have a waffle maker. :(

Amy @ Kitchen and Kids said...

Yummy! I might have to make these next week. I am glad you are continuing with the Improv Cooking Challenge. I am sorry I didn't realize it was being continued or I would have contributed this time around, maybe for December I can have something up and ready. Have a great day.

Carrie said...

These looks SOOO good! I couldn't get any pumpking at my local store yesterday what the heck??!! I was so bummed I couldn't make something for today! Next month I'm participating!

SnoWhite said...

Wow! That's my kind of breakfast! Thanks so much for picking this up & hosting.

carolinaheartstrings said...

We are so excited to be a part of this. Thanks for picking up the ball and running with it. I don't see ours up there yet, but I assume it is on its way!

Angie said...

Is the challenge working the same as Lady Behind the curtain? Is it through email, or do we just post through the linky tool? I was in the first challenge and I don't really want to butt in, but I haven't received any emails about the new one. The waffles look amazing!

adventuresindinner said...

Those waffles look fabulous. Thanks for posting the linky tool. If you have a chance could you resend me the coding. Mine isn't working for some reason.

Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini said...

these look delicious - love the syrup, too - I want some right now! Thanks for hosting this!

Melody ♪♫ said...

Great job, Kristen! So glad you picked up the IMPROV CHALLENGE challenge. I know the linky parties are so much work for the hostess until all the kinks get worked out. I'll be joining y'all in December with my eggnog & cranberries!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

Oh my goodness Kristen, these sound so good! Now I just wish I had a dang waffle maker. Waffle recipe posts always make me crazy jealous!

Mimi said...

Yum! My family will loves theses. Thanks again for hosting the challenge.
Mimi

Lyndsey said...

I think these are pretty exotic, but the others you mentioned sound great too. I'll have to try making your pumpkin waffles, mine turned out too soft and gooey like pie.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Kristin,

What a fun challenge here! Your waffles and syrup sound like a weekend delight or even dessert. I may try to join in next time.

Erin said...

Your waffles look fantastic! And thank you so much for continuing with this!

Tina said...

This looks like the perfect way to make sure kids get to the table on Christmas morning. Creative twist on the classic waffle-yum!

Patti said...

Great job Kristen! I wish I had a waffle maker - love that syrup! Thanks for hosting and all your efforts :o)

Drick said...

you one funny girl ... bet your kids would love the sticky hands - clever of you to take on this challenge, just wondering of Sheryl and wondering what's behind the Curtain...
good luck and happy weekend...

Lisa~~ said...

Your waffles sound delicious, think I need a waffle iron as I'd love to make these. Thanks for taking over the cooking challenge, it's great seeing all the recipes.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Ann said...

Very creative and nicely done! The syrup sounds amazing! Thanks for taking this over - it's nice to keep it going!

Meg {henninglove} said...

what a perfect thanksgiving morning meal! these look so good and that cream cheese icing just adds to it

Little Mommy said...

I absolutely love your idea - these waffles have caught my eye all day long! Thank you so very much for continuing the challenge - you re truly a gem!

Magic of Spice said...

I think this is perfectly exotic, and perfectly delicious!
Wonderful idea :)

Kristin said...

This looks amazing! I wonder if these would work as pancakes?? We haven't gotten around to buying a wafflemaker yet..
Thank you for hosting!

cookingvarieties said...

hi kristen, never imagine before that waffles are made from pumpkin. this is simply a great idea..looks delicious

The Outlaw Mom said...

Thanks for hosting the Improv! This recipe looks so delicious. I like the idea of cream cheese syrup. Bet this tastes so good with cinnamon! Thanks for sharing :-)

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never had a pumpkin waffle. It sounds perfect for this time of year. I may whip up a batch for breakfast tomorrow.

Tina said...

Cream cheese syrup is so creative! If I had a waffle maker, I'd make this right now.

Emily said...

The. Best. Breakfast. Ever. Looks delicious! I have made pumpkin waffles before but the cream cheese syrup beats the maple.

Lizzy said...

Mmmmmmm....I'd much rather have these than plain pancakes with maple syrup! So yummy! And thanks again for being our fearless leader...we ALL appreciate your hard work! xo

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I'm coming to your house for breakfast tomorrow! And that cream cheese syrup looks glorious!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristen,

You ROCK!!! Thank you so much for continuing the Improv Cooking Challenge. I'm sorry I had to leave to abrutly. I didn't know how else to do it but with a clean break. I miss all of you so much. But I know that I made the right decision for my family. If you have any questions (although it looks like you have EVERYTHING under control) you can reach me at sdbeyer@aolcom.
Again,
THANK YOU!
Sheryl (formerly Lady Behind The Curtain)

Gisela said...

I loved doing your Improv Challenge and seeing everyone else's spin on the ingredients! I can't wait to do the next one! Was I supposed to include picture links to other people's blogs? I noticed other people did, but I have no idea how to do that...

Tiffany said...

Ah, did you say CREAM CHEESE SYRUP?!?!?! Oh, me. Oh, MY!

Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} said...

What a delicious way to start the day! Love that cream cheese syrup!

I don't think I'll have time to take part in the challenge this month but I'll do my best to come up with a cranberry-nog recipe for December

Kim Bee said...

Okay seriously, hand over the waffle and no one gets hurt. Cream cheese syrup...you are a genius.

Beth Michelle said...

These look amazing, cream cheese syrup?! You're a genius! So delicious. I love the sound of these challenges. I am going away for a bit but when I am back I will be sure to email you to be able to join!!

ameanderingmango said...

I love any recipe for waffles! The combination of pumpkin and cream cheese even better - very inventive recipe!

Sandra said...

This looks so delicious! Love this recipe!!

Kiri W. said...

Mmmm - I can't even begin to imagine the awesomeness of that syrup! :) I am dying to join the improv challenge in December or January

Lynne said...

Very Thanksgiving delicious! Great for brunch. Thanks for sharing.

Pup Fan said...

Cream cheese syrup? I'm drooling over here. Thanks again for hosting! :)

Tiffanee said...

You had me with the cream cheese syrup. Then you add the pumpkin waffles. This is my ideal breakfast treat! YUM!!

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Desi said...

Your waffles look amazing! That syrup is calling my name. Thank you so much for taking over the hosting duties for this challenge. I truly appreciate it!!!

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Torviewtoronto said...

delicious desserts waffles looks wonderful

mywanderingspoon said...

Waffles look delicious and sauce sound super yummy:)
Happy Thanksgiving!

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