People always think it’s funny how much I love pumpkin everything, but I think I’m mostly just obsessed with the spices in them. They’re the same spices I use in my gingerbread recipe, but I had to adjust the ratios of them as the molasses in gingerbread significantly alters how flavors like cinnamon show through. Really, getting the right balance of spices was the most fun of all the experiments I’ve done with the master recipe.
There are four spices at play: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Ginger is really the base note in the waffles, adding a warm physical sensation in the mouth on top of which its flavor and that of the other spices build. Cinnamon is also present in a large quantity, but dash-for-dash, it’s so mellow compared to the others that it doesn’t affront you. It also helps give the waffles’ color an even darker more autumnal tone. Fresh nutmeg is some strong stuff, so there’s only 1/5 as much of that as there is of the cinnamon. It’s slightly piney flavor and scent are amazing. And given the intense flavor of cloves, they’re only present at 1/6 the quantity of the cinnamon, but they make for a playful little dance on one’s palette.
For people who like a mellower waffle, I advise that they cut the spice quantities in half. But, for those who love to bask in the flavors of Fall, go for the unedited master recipe. You’re sure to enjoy it.