A meal that reminds me of the my childhood in Florida and inspires my work still today; Waffles and IceMilk is a must-share recipe and story.
Waffles and IceMilk
It is beyond me that this is the first time I am sharing the waffles and ice milk recipe. A recipe so near and dear to my heart, and at the root of the Heirloomed brand. At the same time, what better timing to share this recipe and story than for our “Sweet 16” anniversary?
The recipe is many things: beautiful, nostalgic, delicious, fresh, and sweet. I am excited to share this with you and for you to share it with your own families.
Addressing the elephant in the room: What is IceMilk? Ice milk is a frozen treat, similar to ice cream, but instead is made with skim milk. Ice milk is today’s version of frozen yogurt that was believed to have been created sometime around 1840.
The term “ice milk” is relatively extinct on our culture now. However, my family still used the term “ice milk” for the delicious, frozen treat we got to eat every time we visited my grandparents in Florida growing up.
We always knew what to expect when we dined at my grandmother and grandfather’s house growing up. Not a trip went by without partaking in the infamous meal of Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, and ice milk. Where this meal came from? I haven’t a clue, but my Grandma made it for us every single visit. To this day, she is still the only person I know to have referred to frozen yogurt as “ice milk.”
Inspiration for the Brand
And so, IceMilk Aprons became the original name for the Heirloomed brand when I started sewing aprons with my grandmother in 2006 at her kitchen table. A cherished memory and forgotten term seemed the perfect inspiration for our heirloom aprons.
For years, the brand ran under the name “IceMilk Aprons,” until 2011 when we expanded our line of products to include other home and kitchen textiles. With the same sentiment, our company rebranded to Heirloomed Collection, as it it known today. Our “Ice milk aprons” remain as our original, tried and true product with a silhouette that is still recognizable to our customers 16 years later.
How to Make Waffles and IceMilk
Onto the really good part: the recipe for Waffles and IceMilk. I think my favorite part about this recipe is just how simple it is. You are able to tweak it as needed, to include seasonal fruits or to try new variations of a waffle recipe.
The presentation of this meal is arguably just as stunning as its taste. The golden brown waffles, hot off the iron, meet freshly sliced fruit and a dollop of cold, creamy ice milk. Drizzle that with some fresh maple syrup, and it’s game over.
I have the fondest memories of visiting my grandparents growing up and enjoying this meal with them. I am grateful for the role this small meal has played in my life as I have shared it with my kids and grown a brand around the nostalgia and sentiment of the family heirloom it possesses.
Waffles and IceMilk
- Total Time: 20 min
- Yield: 6–10 1x
A meal that reminds me of the my roots and inspires my work still today; Waffles and IceMilk is a must-share recipe and story.
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 2/3 c. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 3/4 c. Milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Start by preheating the waffle griddle.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt)
- In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla extract)
- Next, mix wet ingredients into your large bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk until well combined, aiming to get rid of any lumps of dry ingredients.
- On your hot waffle iron, pour waffle mixture and let cook until golden. Repeat this process until waffle mixture is gone.
- To make these IceMilk waffles, serve with a scoop of ‘IceMilk,’ aka frozen vanilla yogurt, as well as your favorite toppings. I recommend using fresh peaches and blueberries, or really any fruit that is in season!
- Enjoy this family recipe!
heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of “keeping heirlooms around for another generation.” Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of “goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy” with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen aprons, tabletop linens, art, ceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com.