Daily Archives: October 12, 2008

The sweet smell of edible Australia

So, today I bring you a recipe that may surprise you. It’s for Rice Krispie Treats. I know what you’re thinking: Dude, no way! You have to buy those at the grocery store–proof that they’re just too hard to make.

I used to think the same thing, but really, it’s not difficult to master the recipe. In fact, today, I’ll present both the basic recipe and some advanced techniques. You can thank me later.

First, what you’ll need:

Note: While it’s esthetically more pleasing to place the butter in the center of the dish, it doesn’t affect the actual recipe.

  • 3 tablespoons butter/margarine
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies

First, melt the butter, then add the marshmallows. It will look something like this:

Mmmmm. Melty high fructose goodness.

When the marshmallows are all melted, add the Rice Krispies. This can be a little tricky:

Challenging, but worth it.

Spread the mess yummy goodness into a 9 x 13 inch pan that you’ve previously hosed down coated with cooking spray. Use a buttered spatula or waxed paper to keep the mess from sticking to everything in known creation press the treats into the pan.

And that’s it! And I know what you’re thinking: That’s easy! I’ll never buy Krispie Treats from the store again!

Now that you’ve mastered the fine art of the Krispie Treat, you can use them a launch pad for more experimental work. I give you: Edible Australia:

You’ll need a bigger pan because Australia is … big. We recommend you outline Australia beforehand.

Sometimes it’s good to have your map of Austalia by your side while you work.

Australia is surrounded by a lot of ocean. You’ll need blue frosting for that. But don’t panic. You can make your own.

Attention to detail is important.

Voila! All you need now is the finishing touches (brown sugar for deserts, cookie crumbs for mountains, and Swedish fish (?) for the ocean) from your classmates, and you have Edible Australia.

The real reward will come not in the post-quiz consuming of (some of) Edible Australia but whether older women (aka eighth and ninth graders) will ask you to share some of it on the way out of school.


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