Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Snowmen Tried and Tested


Kelloggs have recently launched a Christmas baking campaign. Celebrity cook, Jo Wheatley has created three exclusive Christmas recipes on behalf of the breakfast cereal giant. This recipe for the Rice Krispies Snowmen is one of them and my teenage son and I thought we would trial it.

We followed the recipe relatively closely, swapping a couple of decorative items with alternatives that I had in the cupboard. We had a good laugh making them together, but we found the process quite messy and fiddly, mainly because we made up our own fondant icing. I would therefore suggest, unless you are a sugar paste expert, that you buy in ready to roll icing in two colours to make the hats and scarves, and, more importantly, that you ensure you butter up your hands when rolling the body and head shapes as the recipe tells you, or else you will end up with just a sticky mess.You've been warned!
 

Rice Krispies Snowmen

200g Rice Krispies
400g white Marshmallows
50g butter
6 melted marshmallows
A handful of currants
Strips of jelly sweets (as many as you like)
300g fondant (either 2 different colours 200g for the hats & scarves 100g for scarves and noses or white and 2 gel colours)
Sprinkles for buttons

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a heat proof bowl in the microwave for about 60-90 seconds. Alternatively you can melt the butter in a pan, add the marshmallows and stir until melted.

Pour mixture into a large bowl and add Rice Krispies. Mix all together until all the Rice Krispies are coated in marshmallow.

Use an Ice-cream scoop to get the snowmen’s body shapes, mould with buttered hands, compact together and then set the bodies to a side.

To make the heads, roll smaller amounts of mixture and mould with buttered hands, set aside to firm.

To make fondant hats, roll out coloured fondant, about half a centimetre thick, cut 8 circles using a small round cutter (about 4cm), then shape a little top of the hat and glue together with a little water.

Make 16 sausages of fondant then twist together to make the scarves.

Shape 8 carrot noses.

'Glue' the snowman’s head and body together using the melted marshmallow, then cut 8 currants in half for his coal eyes. These should stick easily in to place, and then add three sprinkle buttons along his body. Finally add his hat, scarf and carrot nose




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