It makes me laugh when I think about some of the silly things my sister and I ate for dessert as kids. Prepare yourself, because this is pure unadulterated truth. When I was in my youth, I used to enjoy heating up fudge rounds in the microwave until the filling was slightly runny, and then I would proceed to drizzle it with milk. At first scrape of that gooey rich but soggy creation off of my plate, I was in heaven and you couldn’t persuade otherwise. This dessert when I think about it still warms my heart but I haven’t done it in years. That might have to change sooner than later.
My sister liked to take Nestle cookie dough and crumble it on a plate, heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds intervals while rotating the plate. Because back then our microwave wasn’t as ‘fancy schmancy’ as the one we have today. I’m sure this was completely unhealthy in one way or another but we survived it and these are our food memories. It’s one of things that I adore about food is the simple fact that no matter your likes or dislikes it has a way to connect with you and tell a story.
It turns out that my mom was no world-famous pastry chef but she knew the basics and she knew what to do to satisfy our sweet tooth. This recipe is an accidental, oops! we don’t have any, kind of concoction. My mom made these for us when we were kids and it was clearly contrived from a day of wanting something sweet and missing a ‘key’ ingredient. There are some of you Rice Krispie treat purists out there thinking to yourselves. “cornflakes and marshmallows?!?!” And that’s o.k. But just in case you didn’t notice, the cereal companies have jumped on the bandwagon as well, they just sold it to you as breakfast food. So I hope you enjoy these and they somehow make their way into your family traditions, but if not, whip up a batch and tell me you’re not a believer?
Do tell me your favorite childhood desserts? I’m dying to hear it.
Marshmallowy Cornflake Treats
10 ounces marshmallows (big or small)
1 stick unsalted butter
12 ounces plain corn flake cereal
1 oz heavy cream
1. place butter into a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Once butter has completely melted, add heavy cream and then add the marshmallows a small handful at a time until completely melted and all the lumps are gone (unless you like the lumps).
2. Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cereal and mix thoroughly using a wooden spoon until all the cereal is completely coated.
3. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment. Spoon all of the mixture into the dish. sprinkle a little powdered sugar on your hand or use a little butter to coat your palm and press the mixture down into the pan until completely even across the top (now you can cancel that pure barre membership). allow the mixture to cool down for about 20 minutes before cutting into desired shapes. Enjoy!