I had this wild idea today that I wanted to try to make my own waffle cones. I did a little googling to see if it was even possible using my regular ol’ belgian waffle iron. I found a lot of websites that said it could be done so I decided to give it a whirl. I first made a batter by adapting THIS recipe. I added a little vanilla extract to mine. I fired up the iron and followed the regular waffle making procedure using a very thin layer of batter. Attempt #1: FAIL
I quickly realized that this was NOT going to work. I jumped back on the computer and googled some more to see if I had other options and found several recipes for cones made in a skillet like a pancake or a crepe. I had a whole bowlful of batter and nothing to lose so I had at it. Attempt #2: FAIL
The pan was obviously way to hot so I turned it waaaaay down and tried again. Attempt #3: Not fail but not quite right either
The “pancake” was too thick and didn’t crisp up once it cooled, plus, I didn’t roll it very good and there was a large hole in the bottom. I made a new batch of batter and thinned it with a bit of milk (about 1/2 a cup) so I could pour it into the pan and swirl it around (as opposed to spreading it around with the back of a spoon like I was doing with the thicker batter) to easily coat the bottom of the pan
GREAT SUCCESS! It worked! I kept the heat very low, browned one side, flipped it, browned the other, then pulled it from the pan and rolled it up! They ended up tasting EXACTLY like cones you can get anywhere; perfectly sweet and crispy. Ok, so they aren’t waffle-y but I’m pretty proud anyway. I filled ’em with some strawberry ice cream and taste tested away!
This ended up being such a fun project (and easy too once I got the hang of it)! I love to try new things and to problem solve (nerdy, yes I know) so this was right up my alley. Plus, I have a delicious treat for later this evening! Trust me, if you can imagine something, you can probably find out how to do it on the internet. Like my Mom always says “If you can read, you can do anything” Thanks Mom! I’ll make you some cones next time I’m in the Chi