You 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.
Luckily for us, Disney is not at all stingy about sharing their recipe for their famous waffles. They’re fast, easy to make, and taste so much like Disney World that, quite honestly, I felt a lump in my throat and got a tiny bit misty thinking about how much I missed Disney.
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!|
Also a note about the sugar… The “official” recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of sugar. However, I have it from the chef at the Crystal Palace that in reality, they tend to be a little more liberal with the sugar, making a sweeter waffle. Having made this recipe both ways, I can say that most of the time I’ve had Mickey in his waffle form, he had the extra tablespoon (or maybe even more!) of sugar. Also, according to my inside source, depending on where you had him, he may have had a splash of extra vanilla too. I was told that within the Magic Kingdom, they like their vanilla a wee bit stronger.