Although there are no specific dishes that have traditionally been prepared for Tu B’Shevat, the custom of serving dishes that contain fruits and nuts has emerged. There is also the custom of consuming the Shevah Minim or "Seven Species," the five fruits and two grains found in the land of Israel. This recipe contains 3 of those fruits - dates, grapes (or raisins in this case) and pomegranate seeds and makes for a fantastic breakfast Tu B’Shevat morning! Chag Sameach! Also, see our Waffle Bar for more waffle recipes.
1 1/2C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2C milk
2/3C vegetable oil
2 eggs, divided
2 diced Granny Smith Apples
1 cup finely chopped dates
½ cup golden raisins
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1. Combine diced apples, chopped dates and golden raisins in a bowl.
2. Add 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp brown sugar and 2 tbsp of maple syrup. Mix together and let sit for 15 minutes.
3. Preheat waffle iron. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder and rest of cinnamon.
4. In a medium bowl combine milk, vegetable oil and egg yolks.
5. In another medium bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
6. Add vanilla and sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
7. Mix the milk mixture in with the dry ingredients until fully combined and then add in apple date mixture – Then gently fold in egg whites.
8. Spray pre-heated waffle iron with non-stick spray and then pour enough batter on it to coat the surface.
9. Cook to desired crispness. Serve immediately with the pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top as a garnish along with some maple syrup if it’s desired.
Waffles may be stored in an airtight container and reheated in a toaster.