4 Tasty Twists on Classic Family Recipes

Nothing tastes better than a good, home-cooked meal. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast that will have everyone out of bed in minutes or a dessert that visitors will talk about for days, here are a few unique spins on familiar favorite recipes, all from Our Sweet Basil Kitchen.

Apple-Bacon Cheddar Waffles with Apple Butter Syrup

Apple-Bacon Cheddar Waffles with Apple Butter Syrup


- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour

- 2¼ teaspoons baking powder

- ¼ teaspoon baking soda

- 2 tablespoons cornstarch

- 3 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

- 3 large eggs

- ¾ cup buttermilk

- ¾ cup heavy cream

- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

- 8 slices cheddar cheese

- 6 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled

Heat waffle iron. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and heavy cream. Using a wooden spoon, stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just a few streaks of flour remain and batter is almost mixed together. Add melted butter and stir until just combined. Allow batter to rest 15–30 minutes.

Brush butter on both sides of hot waffle iron. Pour ⅓ cup of batter onto iron. Quickly add 1–2 pieces of sliced cheese and 1 heaping tablespoon of crumbled bacon, then gently but quickly pour a little more batter over the top. Finish cooking according to waffle iron instructions.

Serve warm with apple butter syrup.


- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced

- 1 teaspoon olive oil

- ¼ cup butter

- ½ cup buttermilk

- ½ cup apple cider

- ¾ cup granulated sugar

- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 2 tablespoons Karo syrup

- ½ teaspoon baking soda

In large, heavy pot (not regular saucepan) sauté apples and oil over medium heat until soft, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add butter, buttermilk, apple cider, sugar, cinnamon, and Karo Syrup.

Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Place back on burner and simmer for 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Serve immediately over apple-bacon cheddar waffles.

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