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Granbury, Texas

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Julia's Belgian Bacon Waffles with Pecan-Praline Cream Topping

This recipe was featured in Arrington's National Magazine In October 2002. It has become our trademark dish!... former innkeeper, Julia Pannell

Ingredients - Waffles:
2 cups biscuit mix
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1-1/2 cups club soda
Hormel Real Bacon Bits (tastes like fresh bacon and are always soft)
French Pecan-Praline Cream Topping
One 8-ounce container Cool Whip dessert topping
2 Tablespoons pecan-praline liquid mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Pan-fried Apples and Bananas
1/2 apple, cored and sliced into rings
1/2 large banana, sliced middle to tip
Maple Peach Syrup
Maple syrup
Peach jam

Waffles: Use 2 waffle irons -- 1 regular and 1 heart-shaped. Spray each waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray before heating. In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, egg, oil, and club soda. Sprinkle heavily with bacon bits and bake in waffle irons until golden brown and slightly crispy. Note: The club soda doesn't permit the batter to be stored, but this recipe freezes very well. Also, you can keep one batch hot on top of the iron while preparing a second batch.

French Pecan-Praline Cream Topping: Combine dessert topping, pecan-praline liquid mix, and powdered sugar and mix together.

Pan-fried Apples and Bananas: Sprinkle both sides of fruit well with cinnamon. Saute over medium heat.

Maple-Peach Syrup: To every 1/2 cup of your favorite Maple syrup, add 1/2 cup of homemade or favorite peach jam or preserves. Mix well and heat in microwave until bubbly.

Plate Arrangement: Arrange waffles like a butterfly on plate. Top with hot Maple-Peach syrup. Arrange pan-fried bananas and apples at top in "head" area. Top with French-Praline Cream. Create the lower "body" part of butterfly out of heart-shaped waffles and top with fresh bananas. Dribble the strawberries over entire waffles. Using a sifter, sift powdered sugar generously over the entire plate.

Yield: 8 to 10 small sections of 3- to 4-inch regular or heart-shaped waffles

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