This past weekend I flew back to the Bay Area to attend a good friend's baby shower. We were asked to bring a dish that reminded us of childhood. I thought long and hard and kept coming up with Rice Krispy Treats. I hadn't made them in a really long time and forgot how easy (and fantastic) they are. It left me wanting to experiment more with morning cereals in desserts, and cornflakes seemed as good a starting point as any. What I love about baking with cornflakes is the almost savory quality they bring to the dessert table. They're not an overly sweet cereal and add a special light crunch that's difficult to achieve from add-ins like nuts or seeds which, while delicious, are more substantial. I find that cornflakes desserts satisfy that 3pm craving for a little something sweet without going overboard into decadent brownie territory (which I certainly do tread in from time to time). From cookies to bars to caneles, there's a little something for every kind of baker here.
Have you baked with morning cereals before? What are your favorites?
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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