Delicious and low-caloric pumpkin waffles topped with condensed milk and prickly pear cactus jam. Great recipe for a fall brunch!
Can waffles be low-caloric? Yes, they can! I decided to enjoy autumn food to the fullest and make these delicious heart-shaped low-caloric pumpkin waffles with sweet toppings. It was my husband’s idea though. We borrowed a waffle iron from him parents, I made the toppings and the day X was scheduled. It was a Sunday afternoon, mildly rainy and windy. I had no desire to go out that day. What I wanted to do is to spend some time in the kitchen to develop a low-caloric pumpkin waffles recipe. I decreased the amounts of sugar and butter, because pumpkin is naturally sweet and thick. My goal was to make it as low-caloric as possible without losing in taste. I’m happy to announce that I nailed it. And it was totally worth the time spend! I made the prickly pear cactus jam and condensed milk some days in advance. You can do this, too! They are great for pancakes or toasts. It’s always good to have some jam in the fridge and if you come from the East, condensed milk is even more must-have. Everyone who grew up in the USSR/Russia remembers this blue and white can:
Well, normally it’s a little smaller. I wouldn’t mind to have it in this size, though 🙂 You can buy it in Russian shops (in Germany I saw it in hypermarkets, too) or you can very easily make it at home. You just need 15 minutes of your time, milk, butter and sugar powder. You can store it in the fridge for more than a month. As for cactus fruits, that’s another story of an impulsive buy, which turned out to have a happy end (jam). I bought them in a shopping rush just to try because I’ve never tried them before and they looked interesting to me. Later on I realized that you can’t eat them raw without removing seeds. And there are really a lot of seeds! My husband and I had the same idea at the same time: jam. I can’t say that I make jams too often but there was an emergency, cause I needed to use my cactus fruits. It came out even better than I expected! Cactus jam is one of the coolest jams I’ve ever eaten. If you haven’t tried it yet, you missed so much!I found out that both prickly pear cactus jam and condensed milk go very well with pumpkin waffles. As I said, I was going for low-caloric, so that toppings would balance the sweetness. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin. I prefer fresh, so I roasted it first.
How to Make Delicious and Low-Caloric Pumpkin Waffles Topped with Homemade Prickly Pear Cactus Jam and Condensed Milk
P.S. I was asked for recommendations for a heart-shaped waffle iron. This model seems good to me. It’s a thing worth to own!
One more recommendation: I can’t stop listening to this album: Save It for a Rainy Day. It brings a bit of warmth into this nasty autumn and reminds me of summer.