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Raspberry Almond Waffles
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You want to bring out the best for your next holiday gathering, ensuring a memorable meal for family and friends. With a few simple tips and easier-than-you-think recipes, you can do just that.

Entertaining Tips

*Prep the Night Before -- Save time by chopping vege­tables or prepping glazes the day before. For example, prepare the spread for Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Berry-Thyme Spread the night before. The day of the party, toast baguette slices 10 minutes before guests arrive, and the deli­cious appetizer will come together in minutes.
*Allow for Creativity -- Allow guests to put their own finish­ing touches on their dishes by setting out a variety of top­pings. Raspberry Almond Waffles provide a base for your friends and family to get creative.
*Make It a Group Effort -- Ask guests to bring their favorite holiday side dishes or desserts to complement the main course to encourage a wide variety. If you're making Red Tart Cherry Glazed Ham as the centerpiece of the meal, let guests know so they can plan accordingly.

Each of these suggestions incorporates a delicious recipe using Smucker's® Orchard's Finest® Preserves, a gourmet line of pre­serves made with the best fruit from the best places. The preserves contain only four ingredients, and add rich flavor to both sweet and savory holiday dishes. From classic Pacific Mountain Straw­berry Preserves to the new Lakeside Raspberry Cranberry Preserves, there's a flavor that's sure to be a hit with each guest. These holiday recipes are wonderful options to share with family and friends at your next gathering because, during the holidays, only the finest will do.

For more recipes to round out your holiday menu, visit www.smuckers.com.

Raspberry Almond Waffles

Makes: 10 (6-inch) waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

WAFFLES

1 14-ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk, divided
3 large eggs
2 cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds, chopped
No-Stick Cooking Spray

TOPPING

1 cup heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup Smucker's Orchard's Finest Lakeside Raspberry Cranberry Preserves or 2/3 cup Smucker's Red Raspberry Preserves
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted*
30 fresh red raspberries

For Waffles:

1.COAT waffle iron with no-stick cooking spray. Heat waffle iron according to manu­facturer's directions. Reserve 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk for topping.
2.WHISK eggs in large bowl until fluffy. Blend in remaining sweetened condensed milk, flour, water, oil, baking powder, salt and almond extract just until batter is smooth. Stir in chopped almonds.
3.POUR a scant 2/3 cup of batter onto center of hot waffle iron and close lid. Bake about 3 to 4 minutes or until steaming stops. Usea fork to remove waffle. Repeat with remain­ing batter.

For Topping:

1.BEAT cream in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add reserved 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. Beat until smooth.
2.SPREAD each waffle with 1 tablespoon preserves. Top with whipped cream, toasted almonds and fresh raspberries.

*To toast almonds: Place almonds in dry non­stick skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned. Remove from pan immediately to avoid over-browning.


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