Tropical Bananas Foster Waffles

Tropical Bananas Foster Waffles
1 (1/4 oz) envelope active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (100º to 110º)
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 egg yolks
1-3/4 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 egg whites
caramelized bananas (see below)
sweetened whipped cream
1/3 cup coconut, toasted
1/3 cup candied pecans or toasted macadamia nuts
Caramelized bananas
3 medium bananas
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. dark rum (optional)
Combine yeast and warm water in a 1 cup glass measuring cup, let stand 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla. Whisk in yeast mixture; add to dry mixture, stirring until just moist.  Beat egg whites at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in beaten egg white into batter. Cook in preheated, oiled waffle iron until done.  Meanwhile, prepare Caramelized bananas.

Caramelized Bananas
Cut bananas in half crosswise; cut halves in half lengthwise.Melt butter in large skillet; stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stir in milk. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and if desired, rum. Add bananas, stirring just until bananas begin to soften. Remove from heat. Immediately serve on top of waffles with whip cream and sprinkled coconuts and milk. 




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