Saturday, October 16, 2010

Baker Off Duty

For the first time in quite a while, I have no cake orders for the entire weekend.  When this happens, things could go one of two ways.  On one hand, I could go wild, baking all sorts of things that aren't on the Much Ado About Cake menu.  On the other, I could shun baking altogether, reveling in the fact that I needn't even turn on the oven.

Today, I'm rocking the latter.  This does not, however, mean that I am forced into a sad state of dessertlessness.  I could eat ice cream.  I could try a new bakery.  I could make Rice Krispies treats.  Mmmm...

What is it about the RKT?  Childhood nostalgia?  Marshmallow perfection?  In my book, the chewy-crispy squares are a wonderful foil for the richness of my usual dessert pursuits.  The fact that a six year old could make them is a total bonus.

According to the official Rice Krispies website, Rice Krispies Treats consist of the following:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
10 oz marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies

Melt the first two ingredients together, add the third, and mush into a pan. 

Since I was home alone this evening, I decided a half batch would be sufficient.  I opted for the microwave method, but committed the ultimate rookie mistake...

This is what happens when your bowl is too small.

I compensated for my faux pas with a handful of M&Ms.  I consider myself forgiven.

Tomorrow, I plan some legit baking.  I've got a sack full of apples that I picked myself.  I feel a crisp coming on.  Until then, I'll do my best to save a couple of these for the husband so he, too, can...

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