Thursday, 22 December 2011

Day 22 - Christmas Cornflake Wreaths

This is yet another offering from the mighty Nigella Lawson's Christmas book - Christmas Cornflake Wreaths. They are basically made from marshmallows, cornflakes and sprinkles and as I love Chocolate Cornflake Cakes it seemed like a nice one to try.

Nigella says in her recipe book that the wreaths are very sweet and that children adore them. I'll be testing the children theory this Christmas but I would agree that they are very sweet. That said I did nibble quite a bit while I was making the wreaths so it can't have been that bad!

The wreaths can be made up to a week ahead and are really simple, here is the recipe if you want to try. 

Recipe (makes 12)
100g butter

200g mini marshmallows

1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
250g cornflakes

1. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat then add the marshmallows, stirring until all melted and smooth. 
2. Take off the heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts followed by the cornflakes.
3. Take some mixture about the size of a small satsuma and roll into a ball. Then flatten using the palm of your hand and mould into the shape of a wreath, making a hole in the middle. The mixture is sticky but is slightly easier to work with if you lightly grease your fingers.
4. Decorate with sprinkles.

Leave to set for at least 2 hours and then store in an airtight container between sheets of greaseproof paper.

Wow, only two days left of the Advent Calendar and two days left until Christmas, I can't believe how quickly time is flying by, this time next week it will be all over!

Happy Cooking :)
Peace & Love

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