Unscripted Summers And Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Pops

Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Pops / My Friend's Bakery

I’ve been trying really hard to squeeze the last little bit of fun stuff out of these last two weeks of August. After all, I just started my holidays so mentally I’m a bit behind everyone else right out of the gate. It seems that while most people are heading back to school, or at the very least back to school shopping, I’m floating around the pool instead of the mall. Small miracles.

Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Pops / My Friend's Bakery

It’s surprisingly nice to have holidays later in the summer, even though it feels like it’s a lifetime away while I’m listening to everyone else talk about their summer adventures all through June and July. I’m not a fan of extreme heat or humidity, so when the nights cool off a little bit and the days are still warm but not unbearable, that’s generally when I’m at my most content.

Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Pops / My Friend's Bakery

And of course, like every year, I never get done half of the things that I say I’m going to do but that’s OK.  Sometimes, the best holidays are the ones where the days are unplanned and the adventures are unscripted. Once in a while you just need to heal the soul without adding in extra clutter. And most often the best things are the uncomplicated things.

Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Pops / My Friend's Bakery

Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispie Pops (*Gluten-Free)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 30 - 34 pops

A delicious nut free treat for school, parties, bbq's, or just because!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream, at least 35%
  • 30 - 34 marshmallows
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup milk or dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate melting wafers
  • lollipop sticks

Directions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Over medium-high heat, melt the butter and brown sugar. Whisk together to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. While constantly whisking, pour the cream in a steady stream. Return the caramel to a boil and boil for 2 - 3 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for 2 minutes to thicken slightly.

Insert a lollipop stick into each marshmallow. Dip the marshmallow into the caramel and swirl to coat on all sides. Let any excess drip off pack into the pot. Immediately roll the caramel covered marshmallow in the rice cereal. Place the marshmallows on the parchment lined baking sheet . Once completed, refrigerate the marshmallow pops for 30 minutes.

Add the milk/dark chocolate to a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted. Drizzle the chocolate over each marshmallow pop. Repeat with the white chocolate.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2016

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/caramel-marshmallow-rice-krispie-pops/

Looking for other nut free school treats? Check these out!

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I’m Done And Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings / My Friend's Bakery

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring to arrive. I realize that Christmas just finished and New Year’s is barely over, but I’m done.

Beer Battered Onion Rings / My Friend's Bakery

I’m done with the snow and the cold. I’m done with having my windows closed and my heat cranked up high. I’m done with soups and stews and heavy foods, as if I need another layer of winter fat.

Beer Battered Onion Rings / My Friend's Bakery

I’m done with layers of clothes and I’m really, really, REALLY done with socks! Damn, I hate socks!!! So c’mon Spring! I’m ready for sandals, open windows, and food truck food!

 

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Onion rings are a tasty side dish on their own, or serve them up on top of burgers and steaks! Experiment with different flavors of beer from pale ale to stout.

Ingredients

  • 3 Vidalia onions
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 can (8 oz) beer
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

Peel each onion and slice into 1/4" to 1/2" thick rings. Add the sliced onions to a bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water and let the onions sit submerged for 20 minutes. Drain the water and set the onion slices on a paper towel to air dry.

Prepare your oil for frying by pouring it into a medium-sized, high sided pot. For safety sake, you do not want your oil to be more than 2″ deep, and definitely not more than halfway up the side of the pot. Heat the oil to 375 degrees. A candy thermometer comes in handy here, but if you don’t have one, heat the oil on medium-high heat for about 5 – 7 minutes. Test your oil temperature with a small portion of batter. If it browns too quickly, turn the heat down to medium and wait a minute or two to start frying.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and corn starch. Add the entire can of beer and whisk to combine.

To begin, dip 4 - 5 onion rings into the batter, shake off some of the excess batter then carefully drop the rings into the hot oil. Fry on each side for 2 - 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the rings and place on a paper towel to drain slightly.

To Freeze Onion Rings

Once the fried onion rings have cooled completely, line the rings in a single layer on baking sheets and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the rings to freezer safe bags.

To Reheat Frozen Onion Rings

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Line the onion rings in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, turning once.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/beer-battered-onion-rings/

Some other tasty Springtime treats include:

Pink Lemonade No Bake Mini Cheesecakes / My Friend's BakeryStrawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream / My Friend's BakeryCaramel Popcorn / My Friend's Bakery