Waffle House Toasted Pecan Waffles
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 - 1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 - 1 cup toasted pecans
Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and stir to combine.Lightly beat the egg in another medium bowl and combine with sugar, butter, and shortening, mixing well until smooth. Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla and mix well. Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture while beating and mix until smooth. If you can, cover and chill overnight, though the batter can be used right away.
Rub a light coating of vegetable oil on a waffle iron, and preheat it. Leave the batter out of the refrigerator to warm up a bit as your waffle iron is preheating. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the waffles are light brown.
How to Toast Pecans: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl toss pecans with melted butter until evenly coated. Use about 1/2 tablespoon of butter for every cup of pecans. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a non-stick cookie sheet or use parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, watch closely. Cool completely. You can also toast your pecans in the microwave. Click here for directions. I toasted mine in the microwave without the addition of butter.