Hello and welcome back!
Don’t be surprised by my apparent jump over Thanksgiving. I am still getting (and carving) pumpkins, dressing up for Halloween, and I plan on eating cranberry everything in November. But I am also starting to get really excited about the best holiday of the year – Christmas! My husband and I love everything about Christmas. We have a whole list of our very own traditions.
It started (not surprisingly!) on Christmas, also. Several years ago, my husband gifted me with Dominique Ansel’s “The secret recipes” cookbook. I love this book so much, I listed it as one of my most favorite cookbooks. I read it cover to cover, even though it took me a couple more years to try using its recipes.
Then, before actually trying the recipe, I found out that you could buy the cereal online which is how we tried it for the first time.
Christmas Morning Cereal
It is delicious. I am biased, but still think homemade is better. Also, less expensive.
But back to delicious – it consists of Rice Krispie clusters covered in melted chocolate, toasted and caramelized hazelnuts and “Mini-Me’s” – Dominique Ansel’s signature bite-sized merengues. Merengues might be the best part – they are crunchy, light, and just so fun to eat. I always make extra for my husband and I to have with our coffee. Mini-Me’s are a separate recipe and it’s the most time consuming part of the cereal. Even though I now consider myself very familiar with this recipe (this year will be my third year of making), I still follow the recipe very closely.
Now, I am not that big of a fan of cereal in general – they are too sugary for me to justify eating them. Delicious, of course, but too sugary nonetheless. But I am not worried about it when it’s a holiday tradition. Eating it once a year makes it a perfect Christmas morning treat. Even though we eat it before and after Christmas morning.