Mickey WafflesYou can't talk about breakfast at Disney without mentioning the famous Mickey waffles. If you're on a Disney property and it's breakfast time, you can't avoid them... And who would want to? They're served at buffets, they're covered in fruit, chocolate, syrup, whipped cream, chocolate bits, cherries, M&M's... Sometimes all at once. They're a Disney institution, right on up there with Cinderella's Castle, fireworks, and waiting in line. Getting that first smell of fresh Mickey waffles while walking through the food court on the way to the buses... Somebody call Yankee Candle and tell them to put that smell into a candle.
Now if only Disney would share one of their Mickey-shaped waffle makers, I'd be in heaven. Yes, yes, I know they have Mickey-shaped waffle makers, but they're different. I can tell.
If you're wondering if beating the egg whites will make a difference, let me just tell you, yes, it does. In fact, I think the big secret to this waffle recipe is those stiff egg whites. While the waffles are certainly very good if you don't take that extra step, they will be denser, rise a little less, and will be noticeably less fluffy. Trust me, the extra work is worth the effort.
|Look how fluffy that guy is!|
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As is served across Walt Disney World
°o° 1 cup milk
°o° 1/4 cup (half a stick) of butter or margarine, melted, cooled to room temp
°o° 1 teaspoon vanilla
°o° 2 cups flour
°o° 2 teaspoons baking powder
°o° 1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat egg yolks in a large bowl until the sugar is thoroughly mixed and the yolks are thick and sunny colored. Add the milk, cooled melted butter, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Then add all at once flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well, but be sure not to overmix (overmixed batter will be frothy with lots of bubbles). If the mixture is too thick, add more milk until the mixture resembles that of thick pudding.
In a separate bowl, using a mixer, beat egg whites until stiff. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the batter. DO NOT MIX.
Bake, following the instructions of your waffle maker until golden brown. Please note, these waffles rise and expand considerably so use the least amount of batter needed for desired results. For those using a lock-lid waffle maker, this is especially important. For results that most resemble Mickey waffles as served at Disney World, use a Belgian waffle maker.
Serve with a variety of toppings, including butter, powdered sugar, syrup, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, whipped cream, strawberries or other fruits, even ice cream and sprinkles.
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