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To make the batter, combine the eggs, half-and-half, and melted butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer till smooth. Into a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, add this to the egg mixture, and beat at medium speed till well blended. Add the pecans, beat till well blended and smooth, and set aside.
To make the syrup, combine the sugar, orange juice, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil over moderate heat, and stir till the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture syrupy. Remove the pan from the heat, add the orange zest, stir till well blended, and keep warm.
To make each waffle, ladle a small mound of the batter onto the middle of a greased electric waffle iron set at high heat (the amount of batter depends on the size of the iron) and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions till golden brown. Stack the waffles on a plate and keep warm till ready to serve with the syrup.
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