Friday, August 27, 2010

Marshmallows



Nothing says I'm A Kid more than a marshmallow. I'm talking about the big honking Jet-Puffed ones...not those little dinky ones that Swiss Miss tries to pass off in her packets of hot chocolate.  





During the summer I like them impaled on a stick, hovering over the hot coals resting in the bottom of the Weber. During the winter I like them floating atop my hot chocolate, melting ever so slowly into a foamy cloud; a distant cousin of whipped cream. Throughout the year it's rice crispy treats. For me, it's pure decadence. I don't try to fool myself into passing them off as legitimate food by placing them on top of sweet potatoes or smearing them over an otherwise healthy almond butter sandwich. No, these I place in the same category as say Pixie Stix & Cotton Candy.






What I love about this little trio of ingredients is just that: there are only three. Butter.  Marshmallows. Cereal. And it only takes about 10 minutes to make. This stuff is actually nice and malleable. Should I decide to pursue a career in sculpting, I'd be mighty tempted to use this as my medium. Future sculpting aspirations aside, I gave these a little flare by using a cookie cutter to make whimsical stars.









Here's how I made these:

1 bag huge marshmallows
1/4 cup soy butter (to make them dairy free for my son, N)
1 box puffed rice cereal (I used brown rice. Makes me feel like a good mum)

Melt butter and marshmallows. Stir in cereal. Once the mixture is all together I like to spray some PAM on my hands and press it into a pan. Voila! It's probably a good idea to let cool but that kind of patience is hard to master.

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