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Father’s Day just passed, and I don’t know about you, but holidays tend to revolve around one thing in this household: Food.
For Father’s Day this year, I wanted to make my hubby something super manly so he’d know how much I appreciate all he does to provide for our family.
Naturally, I chose waffles.
But not just any waffles.
I needed something with pizzazz. With oomph. With machismo.
I needed peanut butter maple bacon waffles.
Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Waffles
I’m not gonna lie to you, I got the inspiration for these bad boys from none other than my favorite restaurant, Ted’s Bulletin, which offers a Peanut Butter Bacon Burger — a customer favorite, Ted’s Bulletin classic, and the manliest item on the menu.
These little guys are not only super manly, but they’re also delicious and almost too easy to make!
To whip these little men up, you’ll need the following ingredients:
(Clockwise in photo from left)
1 package of bacon
2 cups flour
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
1 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup (My favorite is Skinny Sticks)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 cup peanut butter
Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, it’s time to get things heated up in the kitchen.
Since it takes approximately 2 minutes for each waffle to cook in the Dash waffle maker, you’ll want to get your bacon started first.
You can either cook your bacon in a pan on the stovetop like I grew up doing or you can do it like my hubby and his family do and nuke it in the microwave.
To nuke bacon, simply line a microwaveable plate with a paper towel, lay bacon strips on top, and cover with a second paper towel. Microwave for 5-6 minutes, and voila! Perfectly cooked bacon!
If you or your hubby prefer your bacon a bit more crispy, stick to the frying pan.
Either way, you’ll want to get your bacon started before you begin mixing ingredients.
Once your bacon’s cooking, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder) in one bowl and your wet ingredients (eggs, vanilla, milk, oil) in another. Mix both and then pour the wet contents into the dry bowl. Mix again until all lumps have dissolved. Add a pinch or two of cinnamon for flavor.
(If you or your hubby really like peanut butter, now’s a good time to throw a bit into the batter. It’ll give your waffles an extra peanut buttery taste.)
Once your contents are mixed, you can begin pouring into your waffle maker.
Using a Dash mini waffle maker, I can’t tell you how easy it is to pull off the perfect pint-sized waffle.
Simply pour four spoonfuls of batter onto the maker, close the lid, and in 1-2 minutes you have a perfect, fluffy, bite-sized waffle!
Continue making waffles until all of the batter is gone. This recipe should yield approximately 13 mini waffles, which is the perfect amount for your special man and his littles. (Or, if you’re my family, it’s the perfect size for you…and maybe you’ll share one with the man of honor. But also maybe not.)
While I’m stacking my waffles, I like to add a special surprise between some of the layers. Plus, peanut butter helps affix the waffles to each other, and keeps them from toppling. Win win!
When all of your waffles are ready, add one more dollop of peanut butter to the top, drizzle with maple syrup, and lay a few pieces of bacon on the top for texture and kick. (You can also layer bacon strips between the waffle layers if you wanna get real adventurous!)
You can obviously use any waffle you’d like, but I think these Dash waffle makers give you the best waffles. Plus, who doesn’t like pint-sized anything?? They’re also easy to store and they come in a bunch of adorable colors! Follow my Instagram account @Politics_to_PlayDoh, where I’ll be giving away a brand new Dash waffle maker to a lucky follower!
What’s your favorite kind of waffle? (Mine is strawberries and whipped cream, always. But I’ll throw some sprinkles on there to keep it colorful.) Have you ever tried peanut butter and bacon together on anything else?