Red Velvet Waffles with Vanilla Mascarpone and Toasted Pecans Recipe
2 cups your favorite “just-add-water” waffle mix
1 container mascarpone cheese, softened
2 fresh vanilla beans, pods scraped
1 lb fresh pecans
1 tbsp. milk or cream
1/2 cup restaurant quality red food coloring
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Make waffle mix according to directions on packaging. Add vanilla extract, red food coloring, and cocoa powder to waffle mix—making sure there is a little more cocoa powder and red food coloring than needed—and set aside. In a small bowl, mix softened mascarpone, powdered sugar, milk or cream, and freshly scraped vanilla beans. Mix until the mascarpone is smooth and creamy.
On a baking sheet, spread out pecans evenly, and in a 350° oven, toast pecans for about 8 minutes. Remove pecans from oven, allow to cool, and roughly chop.
Cook waffles in a waffle maker according to preference. Place hot, cooked waffles on a flat surface and slice into 4 sections. Spoon vanilla mascarpone over waffles and sprinkle with toasted pecans.