Happy New Years!
You can make these light, tangy and crisp waffles with a Belgian iron or you can use a conventional style maker as we did - if you want super-crisp waffles, I suggest using the Belgian though. Even though these golden waffles are completely whole-grain, we did not find any bitter or strong "wheat" taste some people detest when using whole-wheat flour. Spelt and oat flour are the main dry ingredients and have their flavor enhanced by finely ground toasted hazelnuts for a rich nutty background.
The compote is a simple mixture of sliced pears, apple cider, sugar, a bit of butter and fresh ginger root for a mild bite. Once the pears are tender and the liquids have a chance to thicken, a sweet hint of orange is added from Grand Marnier. Feel free to leave it out, but I highly suggest trying it as it adds a tantalizing zing to the pears. We were thinking of making some scrambled eggs to have along side, but we opted to enjoy these with just a couple slices of salty bacon I cooked up and quickly snapped a photo before digging in so the waffles would stay crisp.