It’s that time of year again when apples are in full force and you can buy any number of wonderful varieties that aren’t typically found in the grocery store. On a recent trip to the Farmer’s Market we taste tested a number of new apple varieties but zeroed in on the Minnesota born (in the labs of U of M) Honeycrisp, Zestar, and Sweetango apples, all lovely in their own right; and though we’ll be back for other varieties in the future, we wanted Sweetango, our go-to apple during this apple abundance time of year, and happily snagged the last basket.
We quickly ate our way through most of the basket but, as luck would have it, I found myself with buttermilk in the fridge, lots of honey, and some Sweetango on the counter. I decided to pull out our waffle maker and make an apple topping for homemade waffles. The topping is reminiscent of apple pie (the apple pie spice helps in that regard) with a touch of honey for sweetness and some butter. Simple and good was my mantra. No need to sully up a good apple with too much stuff, though the homemade caramel sauce we bought alongside the apples at the Farmer’s Market made an appearance, oh yeah! The apple topping is a perfect way to give your waffles, pancakes, crepes, oatmeal, blintzes, and dutch babies a little something extra without going all crazy in the kitchen. The apple topping also works for dessert to top ice cream or cakes.