>I’ve Ruined Disney!

>Well just sorta….

We’ve been Florida annual pass holders to Disney World going on our fifth year now. It sounds crazy but there is always something new to see. In fact to be honest there is still a lot we haven’t seen and we always end up doing something new each time we go.

Sometimes it may be a new restaurant or perhaps an attraction we’ve never been to for whatever reason. Sometimes it’s because there is something special going on that you can only see during a given time of year.

We love the Food and Wine Festival during the Fall at EPCOT. I mean seriously, it’s “food” and “wine”, what can get better than that?

But the Flower and Garden show is extraordinarily beautiful and amazing in the Spring. The topiary are always different and make me want to run home, throw together a wire frame pumpkin carriage and plant orange marigolds all over it. It would be perfect in a garden, don’t you think?

There are certain times of year we always go; they have become family traditions. March and Christmas week. March is Medicine Man’s birthday and Disney is his favorite place on Earth. Besides March isn’t usually hot so we can get out and enjoy the weather a bit.
Well and if you haven’t been to Disney at Christmas or for New Year’s Even – put it on your Bucket List. It’s a “must do at least once before you die” kinda thing.

The best part of going back is of course the food. Break it down:

33 Resorts
6 Parks including the two water parks
and 1 Disney owned and operated Downtown.

That my friends is a whole lot of eating.

In five years we’ve barely scratched the surface.

Of course amid the five star formal dress restaurants like Victoria and Albert’s (named after the Queen and her Prince) down to the popcorn carts, there is no food you can’t find. Your hearts desire is only as close as your feet or a phone call to the Disney dining line.

Dine at one of the hundreds of sit-down full service restaurants and you are bound to find a dish you simply would die for. Here’s a little secret – all you have to do is ask and the recipe for nearly any dish will be provide to you – for free!

There’s only one problem to this – make it at home and you won’t look forward to it when you go back.
Now this is understandable if you don’t happen to be driving distant to the Most Magical Place on Earth. You may only get to Disney once a year or once every couple of years or sadly maybe just once. In this case being able to recreate that memorable dish is magic unto itself.

I happen to love making our favorite eats at home and sadly I have ruined Disney; at least that’s what Medicine Man will tell you.
He used to look forward to eating at Le Chefs de France in EPCOT just so he could have “profiteroles au chocolate” (cream puffs w/ ice cream and drizzled chocolate.)

Not any more. They are quick and easy and a favorite go-to dessert in our house. 

The recipes are endless and you can actually find many of them right here at AllEars.net Recipes .

But then there’s the funnel cake. Those delicious, deep fried, sweet batter concoctions, sprinkled with generous amounts of powdered sugar that make any state fair or trip to the boardwalk memorable. And yes you can get them at Disney World.

And yes they are quite easy to make.

And yes Medicine Man sadly no longer salivates at the prospect of sitting down on a bench outside Cinderella’s Castle to savor his breaded delight. He can have them at home whenever he likes.

So if you ask him he’ll tell you, I’ve ruined Disney at least some of it.

He’s actually thankful that a soft ice cream machine costs a small fortune and Disney does not distribute their famous Mickey Waffle maker. Besides I have to give him “something” to look forward to right?

Rain On Disney Funnel Cakes

Ingredients:

3      large eggs
1/4 cup  sugar
2 cups   milk
2 cups   flour
1/2 tsp  salt
2 tsp     baking powder
vegetable oil

Preparation:

Beat eggs and sugar together and then add the milk slowly–beat. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

Pour batter into a large zip lock bag with corner snipped and at the same time, use your finger to plug the hole. A clothespin works great for keeping the hole stopped until ready to pour. Or purchase the funnel cake maker just like they use at the parks (only smaller) here at Amazon for $10 –  Funnel Cake Starter Kit 4352

In a large cast iron pot, add 2 inches of oil to the bottom

When the oil becomes hot, move your hand over the pot and slowly release your finger so the batter can start cooking.

Start in center moving out towards the edge in a spiral. Then move across spiral in a crisscross direction filling in as many large gaps as possible.

Brown on both sides–then immediately remove and drain extremely well.

Top with powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, fresh fruit or drizzled chocolate. You’re limited only by your imagination. 

CLICK TO PRINT RECIPE

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