Have you ever watched the Kids Baking Championship on Food Network? I could seriously watch the Food Network all day and love when they have kids shows… Chopped Junior, Kids Baking Championship, Cupcake Wars Kids. You name it. I’ve seen it.
Where do these kids learn to bake?! I grew up loving to bake, but not like this. This is some crazy “I’m ten years old and know that sable means sand in French” sh*t (which I had to google last week… just to be clear).
Anyway, I had the final episode on as I was making these Browned Butter Rice Krispie Treats. Rice Krispie Treats are the quintessential kids’ dessert and one of the easiest things to have kids help make in the kitchen. And I thought, how fitting it was for me to be making Rice Krispie Treats as I’m watching this kids baking show, right?
These kids are good. Way past my “I’m gonna brown the butter to really amp up these treats” situation. The final challenge consisted of each contestant baking a tiered spring break-themed caked. They had 5 hours to complete it and it was intense. The winner made a 3 tiered beach themed cake that consisted of lemon cake with strawberry buttercream, lemon curd, and strawberry curd. And then each tier was decorated differently.
Well I’m not that good. But what I do know is browned butter takes your everyday Rice Krispie treats to a whole new level. A level where sophisticated adults (like me, duh!) can appreciate the nutty flavor and still feel completely like a kid.
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- 1 stick butter (4 oz), plus extra for pan
- 1 bag (10 oz) marshmallows
- 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
- Butter an 8 inch square pan.
- Melt butter over medium-low heat. Once melted, it will foam, then turn clear golden and then start to brown and smell nutty. Make sure to keep eye on the pot; the period between the time the butter begins to take on color and the point where it burns is often less than a minute.
- Turn off the heat and add in the marshmallows, stirring until melted.
- Stir in the cereal and mix until coated. Press into square pan and let harden.