Maple Bacon Waffles: it's breakfast time!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; that we all know. A good, filling, (and most importantly!) satisfying meal can really set the day up for success. Three of my favorite foods that come to mind when thinking of breakfast? Maple, bacon, and waffles. Marrying the three into one is just pure genius! Maple bacon waffles are the ultimate satisfying breakfast meal, guaranteed to spark a smile from even the sleepiest of eaters.

Applegate, makers of excellent natural bacon, asked if we wanted to bake with them. And OF COURSE we did. Applegate’s bacon was just what we were looking for to crumble up inside a maple waffle. With no added nitrates or chemical preservatives, you get more of the savory, smoked taste that pairs so well with sweet maple.

While these waffles have yeast in them, it’s not as scary as it seems; the yeast is just there to help them get light and fluffy. Don’t worry, you don’t need to knead the waffle batter – it’s as simple and easy to stir together as can be, just perfect for that lazy Sunday morning. Let’s show you how!

How-to-make-Maple-Bacon-Waffles via @kingartfhurflour

Gather your ingredients! You’ll need:

1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
6 tablespoons melted butter
2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon maple flavor, optional, but highly recommended, for enhanced maple taste
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/2 pound bacon (we prefer Applegate Naturals Uncured Sunday Bacon), cooked, cooled, and crumbled (about 1 cup)

Mix all the ingredients except the bacon in a large bowl, leaving room for expansion. Stir to combine; the mixture won’t be perfectly smooth.

Please allow me my little rant about maple flavor. I don’t know how I baked with maple before I owned this product. Oftentimes, maple’s subtle flavor gets overpowered in baking – but just 1/4 teaspoon of this magical natural flavor makes the maple stand out loud and proud. Try it, you’ll see!

How-to-make-Maple-Bacon-Waffles via @kingartfhurflour

Cover the batter with plastic wrap, and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour; the mixture will begin to bubble, thanks to the yeast. You can cook the maple bacon waffles at this point, or refrigerate the batter overnight to cook waffles the next day.

How-to-Make-Maple-Bacon-Waffles via @kingartfhurflour

Preheat your waffle iron, and spray it with non-stick vegetable oil spray. Gently fold the crumbled bacon into the batter.

How-to-make-Maple-Bacon-Waffles via @kingartfhurflour

Pour 2/3 to 3/4 cup batter (or the amount recommended by the waffle iron’s manufacturer) onto the center of the iron. Close the lid, and bake for the recommended amount of time, until the waffle is golden brown.

How-to-make-Maple-Bacon-Waffles via @kingartfhurflour

Serve immediately, or keep warm in a 200°F oven while you cook the remaining waffles. 

This recipe makes about five 7″ round waffles. These waffles are great for making, freezing, and popping in the toaster whenever you want them… which is every morning!

maple-bacon-waffles via @kingarthurflour

Maple bacon waffles, made with glorious @Applegate bacon – it doesn't get better than that. Click To Tweet

See our Maple Bacon Waffles recipe, including a printable version. Happy baking!

Gwen Adams
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Gwen Adams grew up in northern New Hampshire, on top of a mountain, surrounded by nature and not much else. After graduating from Lyndon State College in 2010, Gwen sought a career that combined her passion for writing with her love of baking. She found ...

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  1. Sharon Learned

    Sounds great! Can’t wait until my new waffle iron arrives from Amazon. In the meantime, guess I’ll have to settle for the printed version of your recipe.

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  2. Mike

    The texture of these is amazing – super light but still nice and crunchy. I didn’t have any maple flavor but the maple syrup got lost so maybe the extract really is needed. This is a keeper for sure!

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  3. Doris Goodwin

    I will make and freeze these for grandsons. I have tried letting my frozen waffles thaw, heating the waffle iron and reheating instead of using the toaster. This is the method we prefer. It only takes a minute and they are not over cooked. If you have concerns about being over done, cook to light brown and freeze.

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  4. Britchick

    We had these for breakfast Sunday. Loved making the batter the night before! Since there are only 2 of us, have frozen the leftovers for another day. A real keeper. Yummy!

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  5. Carolyn

    I knew there was a reason for my impulse purchase of a waffle iron last weekend! This is perfect for breakfast tomorrow! Can’t wait to try them!

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