There was a time in my life before Monte Cristo waffles, and a time after. Before, the Monte Cristo sandwich and the waffle existed as two separate, much-loved brunch entities. One satisfied certain pre-noon desires for savory, the other for syrup-drenched sweet. After, they were one.

One glorious stack of crispy golden waffles stuffed with the ham and cheese of a Monte Cristo, then dusted with powdered sugar and topped with spoonfuls of raspberry sauce. Oh, yes. There is no going back.

Ingredients

  •  For the warm raspberry sauce: 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  •  1/4 cup sugar, plus more to taste
  •  1/4 cup water
  •  For the waffles: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  3 teaspoons baking powder
  •  2 tablespoons sugar
  •  2 1/4 cups whole milk
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  •  6 ounces deli ham, diced small (about 1 1/2 cups diced)
  •  3 ounces (1 cup) shredded Gruy√®re cheese
  •  Powdered sugar, to serve

Directions

 STEP 1
To make the raspberry sauce, combine the raspberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the raspberries break down into a thick sauce, 5 to 8 minutes. Taste and stir in more sugar if desired. Remove from heat.
 STEP 2
To make the waffles, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, eggs, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula to form a fairly thick batter. Stir in the ham and shredded cheese.
 STEP 3
Warm your waffle iron. When the iron is ready, scoop enough batter into each square to just about cover the square. Cook until dark golden, typically about 4 to 5 minutes depending on your waffle iron. Transfer the cooked waffles to a cooling rack or serve immediately. Continue cooking the remaining batter.
 STEP 4
To serve, put a spoonful of powdered sugar in a strainer and gently sift the sugar over the tops of the waffles. Serve with the raspberry sauce.
 STEP 5
Waffles will keep refrigerated for a week and are best reheated in the toaster.