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.
• Cornflakes Canele - Ideas in Food
• Coconut Cashew Cornflake Bars - A Crafty Lass
• Cornflake Almond Crunch - Epicurious
• Momofuku's Cornflake, Chocolate Chip, Marshmallow Cookies - The Cookbook Chronicles
• Crunchy Chocolate Cookies - Not Without Salt
(Image: A Crafty Lass)