Gingerbread waffles with spiced apples

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Most couples inevitably receive a waffle iron as a wedding gift, and this recipe is a great way to inaugurate it. If you have leftovers, they can be frozen and used later; either pop them in the toaster to reheat them or use them with cinnamon ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches.

Serves 2 - 4

Spiced Apples:
1 Granny smith apple, cored and cut into thin slices
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 egg, separated
1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
2 Tbsp. sugar

Spiced Apples:
Stir together all the ingredients in a small glass or ceramic bowl; cover and microwave on high power for 2 minutes.  Set aside while making waffles.

Preheat Belgium waffle maker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, yolk the melted butter, and the buttermilk.  Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Stir the mixture into the egg mixture.

In a small bowl with an electric mixer, beat the egg white until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes; add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until the whites are stiff and glossy, another minute or two.
Fold one half of the whites into the flour mixture; carefully fold in remaining whites.

Spoon about 3/4 cup of batter onto the hot surface of the waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions.  Remove from the waffle iron and keep warm in a 200°F oven while cooking remaining waffles.  Serve with maple syrup and spiced apples.