Monday, January 31, 2011

My laundry ain't dry but I'm thinking of cornflakes

WET. That's the word to describe the weather here in Malaysia. It's unusually cool in usually sunny Malaysia. My laundry is not dry. I am not pleased. Yes the rain is great. It leaves an after chill. It makes your body want to sleep and sleep some more. Sometimes, you even don't have to switch on the fan.

You snuggle up under the blankets and wish you could sleep in. But then the alarm rings, and you get ready for work. The traffic is heavier than usual because of the rain. You feel like you're freezing your ass off in the office, because of the rain. Work is over and you go home and have a long shower....only to realise you don't have any clean underwear because your laundry ain't dry ...because of the rain.

So I say forget the rain. I focus instead on enhancing my baking skills. I've said before how I wish to bake my own goodies this year for Christmas. I started with some Chocolate Chip Cookies. I've learnt the basics and am happy. This week I tried something else.

Cornflakes Honey Joys

This here is The Australian Women's Weekly 'Cakes, biscuits & slices' recipe book which my sis gave me. It's filled with some really simple recipes. I decided to try out the recipe below from this book as this treat is one of my favs. I've learnt a few things along the way. This is the recipe as it appears in the book.

Honey Joys
makes 24 and cook time 10 minutes (+ standing time)

75g butter
1/3 cup (115g) honey
1 tablespoon caster sugar
5 cups (200g) cornflakes

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 180C. Line two 12-hole (1/3-cup/80ml) muffin pans with paper cases.

Step 2:
Combine butter, honey and sugar in a small saucepan: stir over  low heat until smooth and thick.

Step 3:
Place cornflakes in large bowl, add butter mixture; stir until cornflakes are well coated.

Use a large bowl to place cornflakes. Using a spatula simply mix cornflakes around to coat it nicely with mixture.

The cornflakes will glisten once their coated with the butter+honey+sugar mixture.
Step 4:
Divide cornflakes mixture among cases; bake 8 minutes. Stand 15 minutes until firm.

I didn't have the requisite muffin pan. So I just filled up the mini liners and lined them up on ma baking tray.

I had 25 small red paper cups. After filling them, I found there was still quite a bit of leftover cornflakes. So I used my regular cupcake liners to finish the job.

#1: The Voice of Reason (VOR) told me to use good quality honey. I admit the honey I used was somewhat cheapo. So buy good quality honey - it will make a difference.

#2: If your oven is like mine and gets hot easily, I would suggest bringing the temp down to 160C and increase baking time to 12 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye out as the cornflakes will crisp pretty fast.

#3: I came across the same recipe in another book. It called for 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence in the honey/butter/sugar mixture. I wonder if it enhances the taste.Will probably try it next time.

#4: If the Honey Joys become soft after storage, just re-bake at 150C for 12 -15 minutes to make it crisp again.

Guess what? It stopped raining.


noobcook said...

it's rainy season here too. I like your cornflakes crisps. very petite and yummy looking :)

SD said...

Yummy! Haven't had these in a long time but looks super delicious. Vanilla might give it a nice fragrance so good to try.

wanda said...

Perfect muchies for tv nites!

Shamin said...

Hello cousin..this looks crispy and tasty..just did some baking with your niece sahara..she enjoyed am going to give this cornflake recipe a go with her this actually on your blog trying to look for a chicken soup recipe..all the bowry's are down with the flu...shamin

The Sudden Cook said...

Hi guys! Thanks for dropping by. Noobcook - Hope you're havin a good CNY!

Shamin: I do hope you try it esp with little S! You might want to halve the recipe ...otherwise you might end up with many many honey treats! Also - use the small liners (like the red ones in the post ya).

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