Jul. 15th, 2016

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Started with this recipe, tweaked it further a whole bunch to reflect my tastes.

* 6 cups Rice Krispies
* 6 tablespoons butter
* 1 10-oz bag of marshmallows (use the minis, they melt easier)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
* Kosher salt flakes

Lightly grease, with butter, a 9x9 square pan and set aside. (You will be moving quickly once the marshmallow melts, and want it set out and greased ahead of time.)

Using a large pot or enameled Dutch oven -- something light-colored where you can see the color of the butter -- warm the butter on medium-low until it starts bubbling and begins to brown, stirring with a rubber spatula. (I am a wimp about browning butter and always take it off the heat too quickly, but you're aiming for a nutty color + smell.) Turn off the heat. (If you're using a cast-iron enameled Dutch oven, take it off the burner, too; otherwise leaving it on the burner is okay.) Add salt and vanilla extract (in that order); the vanilla will make the butter bubble and froth, so stir quickly once you do.

Dump half the bag of marshmallows in the pot; stir so that the hot butter coats them. Dump the other half of the bag into the pot as soon as the first half is pretty well coated. Continue stirring until the marshmallow is melted (with no lumps) and begins to get thicker/stickier. Dump in the Rice Krispies in stages, about 2c at a time, stirring thoroughly and using the spatula to 'fold' the bottom up onto the top; this results in the best and most even Rice Krispie dispersal.

Press the resulting mixture firmly into the greased pan and sprinkle salt on top. (Optional, if you like salty/sweet as much as I do: Press half the mixture into the greased pan; sprinkle a layer of salt flakes; add the other half of the mixture; add more salt flakes on top. This gives you a better chance of getting flecks of salt in any given bite.)

Let cool for at least an hour (or else there will be structural integrity failure when you try to eat it); cut into bars; inhale.


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