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.

 Waffle Cones

It looked like cookie batter, so I used my cookie scoop to drop it on the waffle iron.

Waffle Cones

Centering it didn’t work very well – because of the hinge, it squished out the front.

Waffle Cones

So for the rest of them, I put the dough near the back, and that worked much better.

Waffle Cones

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.

Waffle Cones

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.

Waffle Cones

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.

Waffle Cones

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.

Waffle Cones

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….

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These aren’t technically baked, I guess, but they’re close enough. 

We like breakfast for dinner, but I’m not a huge fried egg person, and I’m terrible at pancakes for some reason. I never get the temperature right, and they come out either burned or greasy.  So we eat a lot of waffles.

I’ve got a few recipes I like a lot, but this is my favorite.  All the flavors of carrot cake, in a not-terribly-sweet waffle.  And they come together really fast and easy.

Start by grating two cups of carrots (about 6 carrots or so, depending on their size).  I use my food processor to do this fast, but you can do it by hand. 

In one bowl, mix all-purpose and whole-wheat flour (or you can use one or the other, as long as the total comes out to 1 1/4 cups), some finely-chopped walnuts, baking powder, and spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.  I like mine pretty strongly spiced, but you can play with the amounts of the spices until you get it perfect for your taste. 

In a different bowl, mix the brown sugar, buttermilk – I like the full-fat kind, but you can use the low-fat if you feel strongly about it – a bit of oil, vanilla, and 2 eggs. 

Then add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix, then mix in the carrots.  You get something that looks like this:

 Carrot Cake Waffles

It’s easy to get the carrots clumped up, so make sure they’re mixed in well.  Drop onto a greased, preheated waffle iron:

Carrot Cake Waffles

And cook for as long as your waffle iron recommends.  Mine likes 3 1/2 to 4 minutes:

Carrot Cake Waffles

And you have waffles.  They’re good with all sorts of toppings – I like just butter, but they’d be good with whipped cream cheese.  Or put a 1-to-1 ratio of cream cheese and butter in your mixer, and beat until combined, then add in honey and cinnamon to taste.  Maple syrup works well, too, either beaten into butter or on it’s own.

Carrot Cake Waffles

With the carrots and the wheat flour, they’re actually pretty healthy.  And as long as you have a food processor to grate the carrots, mixing them up only takes a few minutes, making them a quick and easy breakfast – or dinner.

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