Chocolate waffles with poached pears

It’s two days until Christmas and we are praying for a little snow on this magical day. But, if this is not gonna happen, we still have this Christmas mood because of the tree at home, lots of gifts, delicious food and our friends. And I’m so thankful for all of this that we have right now. But, please, bring some snow to Colorado this yeah :))

One of my favorite breakfasts is waffles. Especially I love to bake them on the weekends when everybody is home in the morning and you can enjoy the breakfast with your family. I think , waffles is the best Christmas breakfast! Especially if you will add some winter spices and fruits to it.

Yesterday I’ve got some little cute pears from Whole Foods, and I already knew what I’m going to make with them. Poached pears in the best winter treat, especially when cooked in a red wine with some cinnamon and vanilla extract. When I started to cook them, the flavor was just amazing in the entire apartment. It smelled like wine, cinnamon and sweet pears.

I cooked the pears in wine for about 30 minutes and saved all the sauces I had after cooking them. I can’t remember the name of these pears but they pretty much look and taste the same like a regular pears, so any kind of pears will work for this recipe.

I made the poached pears before I went to bed and left them in the wine sauce overnight. I couldn’t wait to try them with my future chocolate waffles.

I woke early on Sunday morning, because it’s almost Christmas and I still have so many things to do. But first, waffles 馃檪

I made a really simple recipe of the waffles, it’s very basic and works great both for waffles and pancakes. This was the best combination of really flavorful poached pears and chocolate, slightly crispy waffles. We also used a small amount of organic maple syrup because waffles usually ain’t sweet enough. My husband made a fresh coffee and we just enjoyed our delightful festive breakfast.

Poached pears

Servings: 3 pears

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 3 pears, peeled
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cut the pears in halves and remove the core. Drizzle pears with lemon juice to stop them oxidizing. Place all ingredients in the medium sized pot. Put the pears into the pot with the cut side down. Poach pears on a medium low for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the pears in it until cooled. You can make the poached pears the night before serving.

Chocolate waffles:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • Juice and zest from 2 mandarins


  1. In a medium bowl whisk eggs with sugar for 20-30 seconds, until the bubbles appear on the top of the mixture.聽
  2. In a separate bowl stir the flour, cacao powder, baking powder and cinnamon together.聽
  3. Add in the egg mixture whole milk, stirring occasionally. Add the vanilla extract, zest and juice from mandarins.聽
  4. Stir flour mixture in the eggs and whisk until combined. Pour gently melted butter and mix well.聽
  5. Cook the waffles following the waffle maker instruction. Serve with poached pears, wine sauce and some maple syrup.聽




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