Disney World has an established reputation for excellent dining options. Breakfast is no exception. One of the best ways to meet Disney characters, get photos and autographs is to enjoy one of the many Character Breakfast dining experiences available throughout the parks and resorts. Many of the restaurants feature special items only available at their location and as a result many families pick their favorites based on those options. One staple available at most Disney breakfast buffets is the Mickey Waffle.
These Mickey shaped waffles are small in size, but big in taste. I like to save them for the end of my breakfast, almost like having a “breakfast dessert” (that’s allowed on vacation, right?). Once home, however, you might find yourself pining away for that fluffy golden breakfast treat. Of course the best part of making breakfast at home is that you can have it any time of day or night! Our family loves breakfast-for-dinner nights. How can you make a Disney breakfast at home, you ask? Simple!
First, invest in a Mickey Waffle Maker. The Mickey waffle maker we have was given to us by a friend and I guess is not available anymore (apparently they were recalled for possible electrical shock – oops!) In researching, I found this adorable Disney Mickey & Gang 5 in 1 Waffle Maker which makes the Disney-sized waffles in 5 different character designs and makes brownies, muffins and more – I think I may have to add that to my wishlist! Even if you don’t have a Mickey or Disney waffle maker, you can make regular waffles fun by adding a Mickey design in syrup, or make your own hidden mickey out of 3 round waffles – the possibilities are endless.
Next, you need the official Mickey Waffle recipe:
4 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted but cooled
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until light. Add melted butter (cooling makes sure you don’t cook the egg yolks as you mix it), milk and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, baking powder & salt into the egg mixture beat well. Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into batter. Bake and serve. [edit: just discovered the wonderful DisneyFoodBlog‘s article on Mickey Waffles, which notes a recommended ‘secret ingredient’ for the flour used in the batter that you may want to check out and try.]
Voila! Disney breakfast at home. Tipping your server is optional, please thank the chef. Enjoy the happy smiles and full tummies that follow!