Apple and Toasted Almond Pillsbury Crescent Waffle Bites with Cardamom Whipped Cream

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and holiday planning is in overdrive. I was commissioned by Pillsbury to come up with some food ideas for the classic Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. I remember loving these as child. They are a great medium as short cut if you are really not  baking inclined.



These Apple and Toasted Almond Pillsbury Crescent waffle bites with Cardamon whipped cream have an European influence and will be perfect to serve at holiday breakfasts, brunches, or as an after caroling snack in the traditional way with whipped cream . One bite takes you to a Holiday Market stall in Europe with the wonderful aroma of toasted almonds and waffles coming off the iron. Free up your oven and take out the waffle iron for a quick tasty holiday treat.

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Apple and Toasted Almond Pillsbury Crescent Waffle Bites with Cardamom Whipped Cream
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
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Serves: 8
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 packages Pillsbury® Crescent Butterflake 8ct
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar for whipped cream
  • ⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar for garnish
  • Nonstick spray for waffle iron
  1. In a glass mixing bowl with an immersion blender, or a stand mixer with a whisk, whip the heavy whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and cardamom until cream forms stiff peaks. Set aside and refrigerate until serving.
  2. Take a dry skillet. On med high heat gently toast the blanched slivered almonds, while stirring constantly. Do not over toast or burn. The almonds should turn a light golden color and emit a toasty aroma. Remove from heat immediately. They will continue to toast on hot dry skillet, so be sure not to burn.
  3. Heat waffle iron.
  4. Place setting for browning to medium (if your appliance has such a setting).
  5. Carefully unroll Pillsbury crescents into two large squares (4 crescents per square). Keep intact.
  6. Spray the iron with nonstick spray.
  7. Place one layer of crescents square on heated waffle iron.
  8. Add a few tablespoons of applesauce, and a handful of toasted almonds on one half of the square.
  9. Fold the other half over and lightly press edges.
  10. Close the waffle iron and heat until the appliance signifies the waffle is cooked.
  11. Remove from iron.
  12. With a serrated knife cut into rectangular squares. Depending on the shape of the waffle iron, you may not get a perfect square or circle, but use the waffle ridges as your cutting guide to make the rectangular bites.
  13. Dust with powdered sugar, and top with more additional toasted almonds.
  14. Serve with cardamom whipped cream and additional applesauce.
I used homemade applesauce, but if you can’t use homemade, buy a thicker applesauce.
Due to shape or cut of waffle iron, and the crescents, it may be irregular, but you can cut the bites using the ridges as a guide.
Wipe the waffle iron between each batch with a damp paper towel, in case any filling leaks out.
Use a nonstick spray.
You can keep the waffle bites warm in a warming oven (200 degrees), on a cookie sheet until all the batches are made and ready to serve.



*I have a received compensation from General Mills and my opinions are my own.


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