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Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Ruin A Perfectly Lovely Recipe...

…and still have it turn out rather tasty.

Rice Krispie Treats
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 10 oz pkg marshmallows
            or 4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispie cereal

Step 1: In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
Step 2: Decide that it would be more fun (and tasty) to use Cocoa Pebbles instead.
Step 3: And since you happen to really like having Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast, decide to make only half a recipe.
Step 4: Realize you now have too much butter, carefully scoop out what you think might be about half the butter. Measuring is for wimps.
Step 5: Search the pantry for plain mini marshmallows. Find none. Search for regular plain marshmallows. Still none. Now resort to any type of marshmallow. Find half a bag of mini peppermint marshmallow and some lemon meringue ones. Decide to eat the lemon meringue version after the kids are in bed.
Step 6: Add peppermint marshmallows to butter and stir to coat. After sneaking one, notice that they are rather stale. No worries. Commence melting.
Step 7: Watch as the pink marshmallow yumminess slowly deflates.
Step 8: Stir in cereal anyway. No turning back now.
Step 9: Press the sticky pink and brown lump into a greased 9x13 pan, keeping it as even as possible.
Step 10: Notice that despite the rather lovely pink coating, these treats still look a little dry. No one likes a crumbly treat.
Step 11: Fret about the dry treats for about an hour or so, until they've cooled down.
Step 12: In a small saucepan, pour 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and turn heat to medium. Stir until it gets nice and warm. Add a big handful of chocolate chips (still no measuring allowed). Let sit for another five minutes while you play a game of Candy Crush Saga on your phone. Stir until chips are melted and your chocolate rescue plan is smooth.
Step 13: Drizzle ganache over your cocoa treats and deem them acceptable.
Step 14: Have your kids sample them first. Just in case.

What recipe have you ruined lately?

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