With Christmas on its way, I've been starting to think about what treats we are going to leave out for Santa this year. Normally we do cookies, but when you are busy baking treats for the big day at the same time that can take up valuable oven space. So this year I have been thinking about making him a treat which doesn't require baking - candy cane Rice Krispie treats.
100g Rice Krispies
45g Candy canes (crushed)
1/2 tsp Peppermint essence
100g White chocolate chips
Step one. Put the butter in a pan and melt over a low heat. Add in the marshmallows and stir until it the mixture is thoroughly melted and combined.
Step two. Remove from the heat. Add 30g of crushed canes into the mixture, along with half a teaspoon of peppermint essence. You can adjust the latter quantity to reflect your personal taste.
Step three. Pour in the cereal and mix it all together, until the Rice Krispies are completely coated in marshmallow.
Step four. Butter or line a 21cm by 11cm loaf tin and spread your mixture. You can use a spatula or back of a spoon to compress it, and give an even surface.
Step five. Melt your chocolate chips, by putting them in the microwave for 30 second bursts.
Step six. Spread the chocolate over your Rice Krispie treats, and sprinkle with the remaining 15g of crushed candy canes.
Step seven. Leave to set for at least 30 minutes.
Step eight. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut your treats into neat little squares.