Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Fifth Anniversary Celebration: Sticky Toffee Pecan Rice Krispies Treats

It is really hard for me to believe that my blog is 5 years old today.  When I published that very first post I had no idea if it would be my first and last or something would keep me inspired to continue hitting "publish" week after week.  As you can tell, I'm either still inspired or full of hot air, but either way I'd like to thank you for reading.

In that first post I featured a couple of recipes for my English readers to serve in celebration of Bonfire (Guy Fawkes) Night. Like most western celebrations, this night is usually spent with a big group of friends, lots food, and in this case people standing around a large fire with an alcoholic drink in their hand.  

It was at a Bonfire Night party in England about 6 years ago that I discovered one of these recipes, a friend's toffee flavored Rice Krispies treats.  My host Karen had given me advanced warning that if I wanted one, get it as soon as she took the cover off of the plate because they would go fast.  I am so glad that I took her advice.

Rosemary's toffee Rice Krispies treats were everything that Karen said they would be.  Buttery, sweet and crispy, these treats are still the Rice Krispy treats that you recognize, but they are kicked up a notch with a toffee flavor that is just what the old recipe needed.

Close to a year later when I was planning my first blog post, I contacted Rosemary and asked her if I could use her recipe and thankfully she agreed. While really delicious, her recipe wasn't exactly super friendly for my American readers, so over the years I've kind of played around with it in an effort to come up with something easy to make that still has that sticky toffee taste. Once I was pleased with the results I added some toasted pecans because they are so darned good, and came up with a treat I adore.

I hope that Rosemary won't mind that I made a few adjustments to her recipe, but I think if she tries it she'll have to agree that it still tastes pretty great.  In fact, I believe it to be so good that I would be more than happy to serve it for a Bonfire Night get together, Halloween party or even a 5th anniversary celebration.

Sticky Toffee Pecan Rice Krispies Treats

1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups (approximately 7 ounces) mini marshmallows
7 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Spray a 9" x 13" pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray.  Line the bottom of the pan with wax or parchment paper and lightly spray it with cooking spray too; set aside until ready to use.

Place pecans in a large stockpot that has been set over medium high heat. Stirring frequently, toast pecans until they turn a golden brown and their aroma is released.  Transfer them to a plate to cool; set aside. Wipe the pot out with a paper towel.

Return the cleaned stockpot to medium heat.  Melt the butter in the pot. Add the brown sugar and salt stirring until they are all combined.  Stir in the marshmallows and continue to stir until they are melted.

Add the pecans and cereal to the marshallow mixture.  Remove from the heat and stir until the ingredients are combined.

Pour the cereal mixture into the prepared pan.  Spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Spray clean hands with cooking spray or coat with butter or oil.  Gently press the cereal into the pan to remove air bubbles. Set aside and let cool completely before slicing into desired size pieces. 

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