It is the first week of December now. That means the reign of pumpkin spice has fallen away, and the other holiday flavors can emerge. To begin the merriment, I took out a vintage cookbook from 1939, The Sealtest Advisor Holiday Number. Among the recipes was one for gingerbread waffles, which seemed bright and cheery.
Spice cakes were popular in the early twentieth century; so, a vintage recipe with gingerbread seemed unsurprising. I was surprised by the amount of spices though. I imagine this would have been saved for a holiday treat on Christmas morning.
Gingerbread Waffles Vintage Recipe
The cookbook recipe says it makes 3 gingerbread waffles. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a square Hamilton Beach waffle iron. It was enough for waffle squares. It didn’t seem like enough at first; but, with the whipped yogurt, the waffles were so filling, we had a couple left.
Note: You can use whole wheat flour for 1/4 of the recipe, if desired
Whipped Greek Yogurt Topping
The vintage cookbook recipe called for Sealtest cottage cheese whipped with cream. Since we did not have any, and I don’t care for it anyway, I substituted Greek yogurt and whipped it with cream and syrup using a Serious Eats recipe. The cream mix whipped up nicely and made a pretty fluffy topping for the waffles. Plus, it added some protein to all the carbs.
I plan to make these gingerbread waffles again. It’s nice to know that after so many years these vintage recipes can still bring something special to the holidays.
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