Waffles are an old dessert favorite dating back to even the 1800s, and they still hold ground against sugar cones and bowls when ice cream is ordered and served. You can even go to ice cream parlors where they make the ice cream with liquid nitrogen and get it served in a waffle cone or bowl. And, just like in the old days, waffle cones can be made at home too. The cones can be made with regular home food ingredients. The waffling of the cone actually provides a better texture, which improves your grip on it and means less slipping and less ice cream dropped.
Ingredient Measurements You Will Need for This Recipe
There are many different recipes you can use to make waffle cones, and many of them can be found in ice cream cookbooks. However, this is one that we found is a good starting point for beginners.
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
To get started, you’re going to need flour, eggs, salt, sugar, unsalted butter, and milk. As mentioned, these are pretty standard, easy ingredients to get a hold of or are already in most homes. Depending on your preference, you’re also going to need a waffle cone maker or waffle bowl maker as the heating element to finish the waffle. To prepare, make sure the waffle cone maker is warmed up and ready to go when your batter is ready to pour. You want the heat level at about 3 so the batter browns correctly. Some try level 4, but you will need to experiment a bit with your waffle maker as models vary from brand to brand in terms of performance.
Procedure and Mixing
With a small mixing bowl, sift the salt and flour into one mixture. In a second bowl (put the first one aside for a minute), crack the eggs and mix with the sugar until its all one consistency and lightened up a bit. Now, take the flour and salt mix and pour that into the second bowl with the eggs and sugar, mixing it in as well. Add the milk and butter last to get a consistent mixture in the entire batter.
Now, you’re ready to start making the waffle cones. Scoop out a ¼ cut of the batter mixture you’ve just prepared. Place it onto the waffle cone maker tool and use a clean spatula to spread it across the bottom of the tool surface. Close the upper lid on top and keep it pressed for at least one minute. Usually, the batter will cook correctly at about 1.5-2 minutes at level 4 heat, but test and check until you get a good feel for the cooking part. Try a few attempts as trial runs to get it right.
Finishing the Waffle Cones
Once cooked, you have to be ready to remove the waffle in one piece. Make sure to be careful and not get burned as the tool will be hot. People get so focused on the product, they don’t watch where they put their hands, and a waffle iron can produce a very bad burn in a matter of 2-3 seconds. Don’t be another kitchen injury statistic. Go patiently and give yourself time to do the job right without getting hurt.
With the waffle removed, take it and form-shape the waffle into a cone with a narrowing on one end (roll it so one end is tight and the other end big like a funnel). Hold the waffle in this shape for about 10 seconds or so. It will form the shape as the waffle cools. Now you can set it down on a parchment sheet and work on the next waffle cone.
The mixture spelled out here should make about 10 individual cones, not including test runs. And when they are fully cooled and finished, use an ice cream scoop to load them up with homemade ice cream made with your favorite ice cream maker or in a blender. Then, add all of your favorite toppings—from sprinkles to fresh whipped cream from a whipped cream dispenser.