There’s an ice cream social in my future, and I thought it would be fun to make my own waffle cones. I decided that it would be best if I made a batch far in advance, so I could figure out the process without the stress of doing it on party day.
I wandered around Amazon, and found one that was reasonably priced and got good reviews – Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Maker. While I waited for it to show up, I went looking for a recipe. I found a wonderful tutorial and recipe on Cupcake Project. She had a smaller waffle maker then the one I got, but I figured it would work just fine.
The recipe was easy enough – whisk some cream and sugar, then sift in flour, cinnamon, and some cornstarch. I was expecting something more like waffle batter, but it pretty much matched her pictures, so I figured I must have done it right.
It looked like cookie batter, so I used my cookie scoop to drop it on the waffle iron.
Centering it didn’t work very well – because of the hinge, it squished out the front.
So for the rest of them, I put the dough near the back, and that worked much better.
Once it’s at the doneness, you want, the waffle gets lifted off the iron and onto a clean towel. At this point you have to work fast, because it will harden quickly.
It’s really hot, so use the towel to form it around the cone mold. I found it was easiest to wrap it, then flip it seam down and hold pressure on the seam for 15 seconds or so to make sure it joins properly. The instruction manual just says to pinch off the bottom to get the point to seal, but I had mixed results with that. I’ll probably just cheat and do what the Drumstick people do and drizzle a "plug" of chocolate in to seal it.
Besides cones, I also tried bowls. I put the waffle in the bowl, then pushed a second bowl on top to form it. This bowl came out a little shallow.
I had better luck with a more straight-sided bowl (this one was Pyrex). You can’t use the two-bowl trick here, though, since a second bowl won’t fit inside.
Overall, it was fun, and a great excuse to polish off some ice cream later in the evening. I’m looking forward to making a few batches for the party – I think I’ll dip a few in chocolate, maybe roll them in sprinkles….