Sweet potato waffles with rosemary maple syrup

Sweet potato waffles with rosemary maple syrup

The Sugar Hit!
Chris Middleton

Nowhere do the worlds of sweet and savoury combine in a more explosive and delicious way than at the breakfast table. These waffles are my expression of that, and I embrace it totally. They’re barely sweetened, with pure intense favour coming directly from the sweet potatoes. The maple syrup is smoky and aromatic and carries the almost citrusy scent of the rosemary deliciously. And when the two meet? Heaven. If you like sweet potatoes, you’ll love these waffles.


Quantity Ingredient
225g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, (baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
250ml buttermilk
250g cooked, mashed sweet potato
55g butter, melted
2 eggs, separated
1 egg white
maple-glazed bacon, to serve (see note)

Rosemary maple syrup

Quantity Ingredient
250ml maple syrup
2 rosemary sprigs


  1. To make the rosemary maple syrup, put the maple syrup and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium–low heat. Once the syrup is just hot, turn off the heat and set aside to infuse.
  2. To make the waffles, put all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. In a pitcher, stir together the buttermilk, mashed sweet potato, melted butter and egg yolks. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.
  4. Put the egg whites in a separate mixing bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form.
  5. Preheat your waffle maker to medium. When the waffle maker is ready, carefully fold the whites into the remaining batter, then cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They should be quite brown and well cooked or they will collapse.
  6. Keep the waffles warm in a low oven until all the batter is used. Serve with the warm rosemary maple syrup and maple-glazed bacon – and maybe a little extra butter.


  • The best thing in the world to serve with waffles is crispy maple-glazed bacon. Put an oven-safe cake rack into a foil-lined tin (trust me, the washing up would be terrible without it) and place as much bacon as you like over the cake rack. Bake in a 200°C oven for 10–15 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. Brush with maple syrup and bake for about another 5 minutes until golden brown and crisp. YUM.
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