Ask anybody who's been with Trek for longer than 5 years what the biggest improvement the company has experienced is, and you'll find the answer unanimous: the food. We're cyclists. We're always hungry. And lucky for us, Trek's very own chef, Matt Lovely, is the man charged with fueling the people that power the bike company. As quick with a paring knife as he is with a joke, and always equipped with a wide smile, when he's not piloting another successful Taco Tuesday or Stir-Thursday, Matt can be found in the company's kitchen tinkering with myriad new ideas to improve the culinary experience and overall nutrition of Trek. Earlier this year, one of Matt's tinkering sessions struck gold in the form of a curiously shaped and immediately popular jersey pocket pumpkin waffle. What’s tastier than a classic Belgian treat popular among children and cyclists alike, combined with that uniquely American fall harvest staple, pumpkin? Sized to slide seamlessly in and out of a jersey pocket and graced with the ingredients that keep a cyclist pushing the pedals, Matt's pumpkin waffles have become a hotly sought-after fall ride commodity. We test-rode them on the first ever RAW (Ride Across Wisconsin)—a one-day, 175-mile grinder spanning the width of our home state—and let's just say that more than a few finishes were credited to the waffle. We asked Matt if he'd share the recipe for his subtly sweet waffles, and luckily for you, he obliged. Fall is the best season to ride a bike—and now it’s the most delicious too.
Waffle iron Basting or pasty brush Ingredients 10 C Flour 1 Tbsp Sugar 1 Tsp Clove 1 Tsp Cinnamon 1/2 C Canned pumpkin 1 C Cornmeal 1/2 C Chopped walnuts 1 Shot Maple syrup 2.5 Quarts Almond milk Melted butter Makes 36 Waffles
1. Measure and set aside all ingredients.
2. Heat almond milk until warm (do not boil). Set aside.
3. Pour flour into large mixing bowl and add sugar, clove, cinnamon, and canned pumpkin.
4. Add warm almond milk slowly. Save a little in case you need more after mixing.
5. Mix by hand and roll into small balls.
6. Paint dough balls and waffle iron with melted butter.
7. Remove once thoroughly baked.
8. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, wrap in parchment paper, place in jersey pocket, and go for a ride!