Top-Notch Waffles: How to Dress Them Up

Food Network Magazine mastered the recipe — you choose the toppings!

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Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Basic Waffle Recipe

Start with Food Network Magazine's recipe for perfect waffles. The batter can be made up to an hour ahead; cover and let stand at room temperature. Keep waffles warm on a wire rack set on a baking sheet in a 200 degree F oven.

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Peanut Butter Sauce and Ice Cream

Microwave 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter in a small bowl until pourable, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream.

Caramelized Bananas and Bacon

Cook 3 chopped bacon slices in a skillet until crisp. Add 3 sliced bananas and 1/3 cup light brown sugar; cook until caramelized. Add 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons dark rum (optional); cook 1 more minute. 

Coconut Sauce and Ginger

Warm 1 cup cream of coconut in a small saucepan over low heat. Serve with chopped salted almonds and crystallized ginger.

Grape and Pear Sauce

Simmer 2 chopped pears and 1 1/2 cups halved red seedless grapes with 1 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar in a saucepan until softened and syrupy, 25 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Brown Butter and Oranges

Segment 2 oranges over a bowl, reserving the juices. Cook 1 stick butter in a skillet over medium heat until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the orange segments, reserved juices and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; warm through.

Cardamom Spiced Syrup

Warm 1 cup maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat with 6 strips lemon zest and 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom.