When we got home from our vacation, we were all missing Disney World. So I started thinking about what I could do to try to capture some of that Disney magic here at home, and I came up with the idea of Mickey waffles, a fan favorite at Disney that we didn’t actually get to try while we were there!
There were a couple of options when it came to Mickey Mouse waffle makers. Many of them make very similar-looking waffles, but there were differences when it came to price, waffle size, and the number of them you can make at a time. In the end I went with cheap (of course), as well as larger waffles, with the only downside being that I can only make one at a time. They cook pretty fast, though (2-3 minutes each), so in the end, that’s not really a big deal.
Aren’t they the cutest?!?
So far, I’ve only made classic buttermilk waffles, but I’ve served them a few different ways, including with fried egg ears, and a decadent chocolate syrup and whipped cream variety:
We’ve really enjoyed making waffles at home for the last few years (I guess you could call it a pandemic hobby), and it’s even more fun to have a way to hold onto a little piece of our vacation at home!
We have made A LOT of waffles this year. Right now, one of our favorite kinds is a spiced waffle of my invention (more or less). It’s the perfect warm treat for a cool fall day!
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. hawaij (if you can’t find this spice blend, you can mix and measure from 1 Tbsp. ground ginger, 1 Tbsp. ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon…this blend is also great in coffee!)
2 c. buttermilk
1/3 c. melted butter
2 lightly beaten eggs
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
Whisk dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix wet ingredients, and then slowly incorporate into dry ingredients until just blended. Cook according to waffle iron instructions.
If there’s anything that defines this summer beyond the “Summer of Hamilton,” it’s “Waffle Summer.” When I rearranged our summer school plans from Tokyo 2020 to cooking, the first thing I wanted to tackle was making waffles. They were such a big hit that we kept making them…every kind we could come up with. Plain waffles, cinnamon, chocolate (topped with ice cream for dessert!), pumpkin, lemon-poppyseed, savory cheese and bacon (topped with fried eggs), cinnamon roll, banana, tropical, gingerbread, blueberry, potato, and buttermilk all made an appearance.
The waffle madness even made an appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!