This recipe is a play on Rice Krispies® Treats (with a K!), but instead of using cereal, I use iri genmai, which is the roasted brown rice used to make Japanese tea. I added black sesame seeds to sweeten it a little, too. These things are tasty: nutty, not too sweet, and kind of hearty. Really hearty. If you like Grape Nuts but wish they were made from more Asian ingredients and marshmallows, this this recipe is for you!
You can find iri genmai at Asian markets in the tea section.
- homemade marshmallows:
- spray vegetable oil
- 2 tsp gelatin (less than an envelope)
- 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp light corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 egg white
- 24 oz iri genmai (roasted brown rice)
- 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
- (Alternatively, you can skip the homemade marshmallow bit and melt 5oz of marshmallows with 1 tbsp of butter. I haven't tried this myself, but it should work.)
Oil a 9x13" baking pan.
Combine gelatin and 2 tbsp water in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk. Let sit.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and the rest of the water. Cook on medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once dissolved, let cook until the mixture reaches 240º.
When the sugar mixture has reached the desired temperature, add it to the standing mixer. Starting on low and working up to high, whisk together the ingredients.
Meanwhile, beat egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
When the mixture in the standing mixer has about tripled in size (about 6 minutes), add stiffened egg whites and let whisk just until combined.
Remove bowl from mixer. Fold in rice and sesame seeds. Transfer to baking pan, spread and flatten with the back of a spatula, and let set a few hours.
Cut into delicious squares.