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august: kerri’s grandma’s rice crispy treats

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When breakfast cereal was announced as the theme for this month, my grandma’s rice crispy treats were the first thing to come to my mind. I have such fond memories of eating them at my grandparent’s house whenever we visited – there was always a supply in the cupboard. These are one of those homemade, nothing fancy treats but is one treat that’s hard to go past.

A couple of years ago I really wanted to eat them. My grandma is no longer with us, so I hadn’t had them for quite a number of years. I searched for a recipe but all the ones I found were made with marshmallows. My grandma’s didn’t have that marshmallowy sweetness, and there was some other ingredient in it that I couldn’t put my finger on. So I asked my mum if she knew the recipe and thankfully an aunt had recorded it. I adjusted it slightly for more readily available ingredients, and they taste just as good as my grandma’s.

They are the easiest treat to make and require no baking at all. So please, enjoy :)

You can find the recipe here.

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august: jasmine’s copycat momofuku milk bar cornflake choch chip marshmallow cookie

 

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I really liked the concept of using cereal in desserts! I LOVE cereal! I grew up having cereal with milk for breakfast. My favorites from when I was growing up were cinnamon toast crunch and lucky charms! Now that I am an adult and know about ‘healthy eating’, I try to avoid sugary cereals and opt for cornflakes or rice bubbles. However, I often mix these healthier options with a sweetened granola mix to add additional texture and flavour.

K also loves his cereal, but he has it as a snack and not at breakfast. He likes the cereal that I put together for breakfast, but to that he also adds crumbled chocolate biscuits. I have to admit though, his version of cereal is SO much nicer.

I wanted to find a recipe for a cookie that incorporates K and my kooky way of having cereal. The Momofuku milk bar cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie pretty much incorporated everything that K and I loved about cereal. I read through the Momofuku milk bar recipe for inspiration and made a different version of the cookie which included shredded coconut and I also added the cornflakes directly into the cookie as opposed to making the cornflake milk crunch.

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My version of the cornflake choc chip marshmallow cookie is soft and chewy with the crunch of cornflakes and gooey marshmallows. I brought these to a picnic in the park to share with friends and they were a hit :)

august: anna’s blueberry and crunchy nut crumb bars

Fruit is amazing this time of year! I love summer fruit like watermelon and all kinds of berries. Blueberries in particular are great to bake with. As I was writing this post, I went back to look at our blog’s index of recipes and saw that each one of my fellow bloggers has posted a blueberry dish, so this one is mine! I knew I wanted to make a blueberry crumb bar, and planned to crush some cereal into powder to make the crumb topping. I didn’t have a particular type of cereal in mind, so went to the supermarket to browse the cereal aisle. I was amazed by the selection that was there. Reece’s puffs, cookie crisp cereal .. definitely things I would not have been allowed to eat for breakfast as a kid if they’d been around then! I decided on crunchy nut. I didn’t see the original crunchy nut there, so I took a pack of the Roasted Nut & Honey O’s instead. I had a bowl for breakfast the next day, just to make sure the taste was ok for my dish!
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This was a really fun recipe to make!! I crushed up the cereal with a rolling pin, and really got my hands dirty when making the dough! I served these at a friend’s BBQ with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream and they went down a treat!
Blueberry crunchy nut crumb barsFind the recipe here

august: lisa’s breakfast cereal cake

I absolutely love breakfast! So much so that I often find myself wishing that we could have “breakfast” for every meal of the day! There’s so much variety – sweet or savoury, or why not have a bit of both! Breakfast is always memorable for me when I go on holidays. Whether it be a huge spread at the hotel breakfast buffet, or exploring a small lane outside the hotel and indulging in a local favourite, it’s always exciting and mostly delicious.

20130804_154945So the funny thing is, while I love breakfast, I’ve never really been a big fan of cereal, or more specifically, cereal with milk. Growing up, I always ate my cereal dry. These days, I occasionally do still eat it dry, or else with yoghurt. The idea of soggy cereal with milk never appealed to me so it’s ironic that my creation this month has been inspired by some “cereal milk” that I encountered on one of my holidays in New York.

One of the places I love to visit when I’m in New York is the Momofuku Milk Bar. I love the crack pie, the b’day cake truffles, the cookies, mmmm the list goes on! On my last visit, I was told that I had to try the cereal milk – you can get it as is (as a drink) as well as a soft serve ice cream. At first, I thought I mis-heard. Cereal milk? Didn’t really sound too delicious to me…. It was with some trepidation that I gave it a try, and was pleasantly surprised. Still not a big fan of the cereal milk milk, but the soft serve was worth the visit.

This month, my cake has been inspired by the cereal milk soft serve I tasted that day. What I loved about it was the texture – creamy and smooth, but not as runny and liquid as the actual milk. I thought it would be a great idea to turn the same flavour into a mousse, and found that there was already a recipe for cereal milk mousse. So thank you Christina Tosi (the pastry chef at Momofuku Milk Bar) – I have used the cereal milk mousse component from her recipe for Strawberry Panna Cotta with Cereal Milk Mousse and Cornflake Crumble as part of my Breakfast Cereal Cake.

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Other inspirations came from my childhood, when I loved buying Mars Bars Slice whenever there was a fundraising drive at school. The crunch and chew of rice bubbles covered in melted Mars Bars was so delicious, but I don’t ever remember making them at home.

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The addition of “cookie dough” came from Ben & Jerry’s awesomely delicious cookie dough ice cream, samples of which were being handed out at an O-week stall at the university where I work at. And the marshmallows came about because I liked the idea of topping the cake with white peaks, but didn’t have any gas for my blowtorch to cook, set and brown traditional meringue. This was the first time I made marshmallow, and I am happy to say it was very easy, and I was so happy with the results.

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The great thing about this recipe is that you won’t just end up with a delicious, cereal inspired cake that I’m sure none of your friends and family would have tried before, but also some little tidbits that can be stored away for snacking days after.

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Don’t be put off by the length of the recipe. I promise each step is easy and not complicated at all!

Enjoy!

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#18 august: breakfast cereal

freedigitalphotos.net by ponsulakThis month we’ll show you some yummy treats using breakfast cereal as desserts or snacks! The best thing about incorporating breakfast cereals into sweet treats is being able to say they’re healthy (even if they’re not)!

Follow us this month as we bring our ‘healthy’ breakfast cereal treats to you!

* image by ponsulak, freedigitalphotos.net.