Cornmeal Waffles With Banana Bourbon Syrup

10 servings


35 minutes

total time


7 tablespoons unsalted butter, more for waffle iron

1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

2 tablespoons bourbon

1/2 cup maple syrup

50 grams toasted chopped pecans (1/2 cup), optional

160 grams all-purpose flour (1 1/4 cups)

100 grams finely ground cornmeal (3/4 cup)

15 grams sugar (1 tablespoon)

8 grams baking powder (1 teaspoon)

5 grams fine sea salt (1 teaspoon)

3 grams baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)

1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

1 cup whole milk

4 large eggs, separated


Melt 5 tablespoons butter either on the stove or in the microwave. Set aside.

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter until foam subsides. Add bananas in a single layer. Cook, without moving, until undersides are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes; flip and brown other side, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl.

Add bourbon to pan and let simmer until mostly evaporated, about 1 minute. Pour in syrup and nuts; simmer until just heated through. Pour syrup onto the bananas and cover to keep warm (or reheat just before serving).

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream or yogurt, milk, melted butter and egg yolks. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Immediately fold into batter.

Heat a waffle iron and, using a pastry brush or paper towel, lightly coat with melted butter. Cook waffles (using about 1/2 cup batter per waffle) until golden and crisp. Butter the iron in between batches as needed. Serve waffles immediately as they are ready, or keep warm in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve. Serve with banana syrup on top.


Serving Size




Total Fat

19 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat

8 g

Trans Fat

0 g




334 mg

Total Carbohydrate

39 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

15 g


7 g

10 servings


35 minutes

total time
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