Brown Butter Rice Crispy Cake

December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Kids may have a simple and refined (think sugar not sophistication) palette but there is something to be said about a basic colorful mass of sugar and butter which even the most pretentious of eaters could not turn their fork away from.  Take the rice crispy treat for example.  The fundamental concept is hardly any different from a cake , with a few substitutions: crackling cereal for white flour,  pillows of sugar rather than granulated, and browned butter in place of the standard unsalted.  The last switcheroo is really the kicker.  Upon first nibble of this cake you will know that something is wonderfully different about it, and yet I dare you to pin the gorgeous nutty notes on the extra 3 minutes the butter needs to transform from simply melted to luxuriously brown.

Browning butter is my favorite thing right now.  After eating browned butter that is.  Once I learned how simple it is to melt butter past the point of liquidation but before the point of charring I began to make pie crusts and cookies with this liquid gold and have even spread it straight on my toast after letting it solidify and come to room temperature.   I am still working out how to bake with it as the fabulous flavor can sometimes be masked by spices or sugars.  Any excuse to bake more, I suppose.

Fortunately this crispy cake lets the nutty tang shine right through and tastes much more appetizing than it looks (unless you are four years old or the idea of eating florescent colors seems appealing).  I made it in the shape of a cake because we were celebrating a birthday for a wheat sensitive friend, but I think that I have found my new go to goodie for all kinds of eaters.

Brown Butter Rice Crispy Cake
Deb from Smitten Kitchen inspired rice crispy recipe.  She has a thing for brown butter too.  Or just follow the instructions on the box of Rice Crispy Cereal (but dont forget to brown the butter, seriously).

1 stick ( 1/4 pound) unsalted butter
6 cups rice crispy cereal plus 1 cup sprinkles for effect
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
10 oz bag marshmallows
sprinkles
and icing

How to brown butter
Melt the butter in a lage pot on medium heat.  Once the butter melts continue cooking it until it foams and the settles and then foams again, do not walk away, stir frequently to see when dark solids begin to form beneath the foamy butter.   When the butter begins to emit a lovely nutty aroma and you can see brown particles forming, get ready to remove the butter from the heat.

Rice  Crispy  Cake

Once the butter has browned stir in the bag of marshmallows.  If the pot has cooled down and the marshmallow is slow to melt move the pot back to the warm burner or a low flame.  Once everything has melded into a glorious puddle of butter and sugar add the cereal speckled with sprinkles and stir until each grain of puffed rice has been equally coated in a healthy amount the melted marshmallow/butter mix.  Be quick.  Now pour half of the warm mixture into a cake pan and the other half into another cake pan and allow them to cool for about 45 minutes.  Remove the cooled treats and spread a nice layer of icing upon the uneven (top) side of one of the cakes.  For aesthetic purposes place the other half of the cooled treat uneven side down atop the iced layer.  Now be creative and decorate this scrumptious mass in any manor you feel suitable.


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