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Les Petits Chefs waffle it up with Matt Basile

Kids reaching for Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comMatt Basile has been one of our most popular Petits Chefs guests over the past six years since the first time he welcomed the boys into Lisa Marie and became known as “the deep fried pizza guy” 😉

So when Matt announced last year that after six very successful years, Lisa Marie restaurant would be closing so they could focus on other projects, I wondered if we would ever cook with him again? Fortunately, Matt is always up for an adventure and, just a couple of weeks after the doors of Lisa Marie closed for good, Matt showed up at the school and rolled up his sleeves to cook with the guys in the STEM lab and they made the famous s’mores pancakes!

I went out on a limb again this term to see if Matt would be interested (and available) to work with the boys and the answer was a resounding “of course”. Then I set about trying to find something to top the s’mores pancakes (not an easy feat!). Then I came across the “Pancakes, Waffles and French Toast” chapter in Matt’s latest book, Brunch Life and was immediately drawn in by the “Apple Pie Waffles” – essentially a puff pastry apple pie made in a waffle maker. I mean, what’s not to love?

For timing purposes, we used canned apple pie filling (I actually didn’t know this was a thing until this week!) but the boys did make a batch of the filling themselves too, which they topped their waffles with… We practised peeling and slicing apples…

Peeling apples to make Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids peeling apples to make Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids slicing apples to make Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd got the apples cooking in a load of goodness…

Making the filling for Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt looked and smelled SO good as we worked our way through the waffle part…

Filling ready for Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe recipe itself is easy – grease your waffle maker…

Buttering the waffle iron to make Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comAdd puff pastry…

Placing the puff pastry in the waffle iron to make Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd add apple pie filling… Kids spooning filling inside Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen either fold over the pastry (in a smaller waffle maker) or top with a second layer of puff pastry (in a larger waffle maker) and wait…

Puff pastry all wrapped up to make Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere might be some, um, spillage…

Sorting out spillage from Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd it does involve some patience (not easy for the boys, the room smelled SO good!)

But patient boys are rewarded with this…

Fresh out of the waffle maker - Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe topped the waffles with the apple pie filling the boys had made…

FInished Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd also dusted some icing sugar on top

Apple Pie Waffles from Brunch Life with Matt Basile on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys were THRILLED with this genius recipe (and to work with Matt, he’s a natural teacher and so great with the boys – though he’ll tell you it’s because he’s a big kid himself!).

Not many of these made it home – a sign of a successful session 😉 Thanks Matt for coming in and making our week so much sweeter 🙂

Read all about Matt’s company Fidel Gastro’s here.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of Brunch Life from the publisher. Matt and Kyla are also friends but opinions are my own and I was not asked to nor compensated for writing about the book. Go buy it, it’s awesome!

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