You know it’s good when your mother, who despises both of the main ingredients, comes back for seconds, and then thirds. That’s browned butter for you, doing it’s magical deeds since…well who knows when.
And we added sprinkles, to go along with the theme of the Birthday Surprise, it was cute, but totally unnecessary. Although I do recommend sprinkles with it if you are throwing a girly birthday party, It tends to liven things up from my usual, sort of classier, less in your face colorful dishes.
But Brown Butter is something you can’t pass up. So we made Smitten Kitchens delicious brown butter treat for Sophie’s birthday! And, as you can see, added the leftover sprinkles from the cake from Sophie’s Birthday Surprise.
I have now decided that these are too good for words (as is so many foods I try, and fail, to explain on this blog.)
so we will go on to the recipe…
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, plus pan greasing butter
1 10-ounce bag marshmallows
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (about half a 12-ounce box)
about 1/4 cup of sprinkle (optional)
Butter a 8-inch square cake pan with 2-inch sides.
In a large pot, melt the butter, when it is done melting, keep melting it, it will first foam then begin to turn colors, starting with a clear golden, then to brown, letting off a delicious nutty aroma. It will seem to take a long time until, suddenly it is almost done, and then it burns, so don’t be afraid to be a watch pot for this one, it’s necessary. You know it’s done when it turns a light goldeny brown with the nutty aroma mentioned above and it will have a few flakes on the bottom of the pan.
Turn off the heat when the butter is done, and stir in the marshmallows, if they don’t melt all the way, turn the stove on low and stir until melted.
Without heat, stir in the salt and rice crispies. This is when you would add the sprinkles if you want them. Spread the marshmallowed crispies into the greasy 8-inch pan, press evenly into the pan, some say to use oiled parchment paper to help pack it down, my hands worked just fine though.
Let sit for at least an hour so the treat can set.