Chocolate Pecan Waffles With Fruit Topping

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Peach-Nutmeg Topping (recipe follows)

In small mixer bowl blend cocoa and melted butter until smooth; stir in sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to cocoa mixture. Stir in pecans, if desired. Bake in waffle iron on low setting according to manufacturer's directions. Carefully remove waffle from iron. Serve warm with fruit topping of your choice.

About ten 4-inch waffles.

* To sour Milk: Use 1-1/2 teaspoons vinegar plus milk to equal 1/2 cup.

Apple-Cinnamon Topping:
In small saucepan, heat 1 can (21 oz.) Apple pie filling, 1 tablespoon butter and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon until warm.

Peach-Nutmeg Topping:
In small saucepan, heat 1 can (21 oz.) Peach pie filling and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg until warm.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana