Classic Cornflakes Biscuit Recipe

Cornflakes is a versatile cereal and a lot can be made with it. The cornflakes texture lends itself to both savoury and sweet dishes. Cornflakes usually we have with our milk and some nuts or fruits but this time we shall make a cornflake biscuit. This is a yummy dish which the family will love. It’s easy to make as well.

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 mins

  • 125 grams butter softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup green grapes or raisins
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups cornflakes

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and place baking paper on 2 trays
  2. Place 2 cups of the cornflakes into a large bowl and it will be used later.
  3. Place the softened butter and caster sugar into the bowl with an electric mixer and mix on a high speed for 5 minutes or until pale and creamy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla essence and mix on a low speed to combine.
  5. Add the baking soda and self raising flour and mix on a low speed until it combines.
  6. Add 1 cup of cornflakes, grapes and chocolate chips and stir through to combine.
  7. Use a dessert spoon to scoop up the mixture and roll into a ball. Place the mixture into the bowl with the extra cornflakes and roll to cover.
  8. Place the biscuits onto your baking trays and gently flatten with the palm of your hand. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.
  9. Place the baking trays into your preheated oven and cook for 15 minutes or until golden.
  10. Allow the Cornflake biscuits to cool on the baking trays for 5 minutes
  11. Ready to eat !

Cornflakes – Your Morning Friend or Foe?

Cornflakes are a staple breakfast option in many households, however is it a healthy option? Does it lead to weight loss? What are the benefits and disadvantages of cornflakes?

Cornflakes are a packaged cereal eaten with cold or hot milk. The main ingredient of cornflakes is corn. Sugar, malt flavoring, and high fructose corn syrup are some of the other ingredients. Most of them have a high content of glycemic index (GI). Foods high in GI increase level of sugar in bloodstream very quickly. When insulin is released into the brain, it naturally decreases the sugar level. This results in a feeling of inactiveness. The brain has a false sense of starvation and continues to eat. Therefore, cornflakes are not always healthy as supposed to be.
 

Cornflakes and diabetes

According to studies, an adult size portion of cornflakes is about 350 calories. High carbohydrates and few proteins in them make them unhealthy for people with diabetes. Even though cornflakes are low in fat, sugar content in them raises the storage of fat. India has a very high population of diabetic patients and cornflakes is not a healthy option for them.

All processed foods with extra sugar content come under the category of high glycemic food, which increase chances of diabetes. Glycemic index of corn flakes is quite high. Corn flakes has a high Glycemic Index, resulting in high concentrations of blood glucose levels. This further boosts insulin demand and contributes to risk of diabetes type 2.
 

Can cornflakes make you lose weight?

Cornflakes has quite a high amount of sugar content that exists in the form of high fructose corn syrup. This is a kind of sugar which is simple carbohydrate, belonging to a class of chemically-related sweet-flavoured essences. Many people add sugar or honey to their cornflakes and that raises the sugar content and therefore the chances of weight gain.  
 

How to eat cornflakes for weight loss

Cornflakes is healthy is a misconception and eating too much may cause problems like diabetes and obesity. Wheat flakes or oatmeal is a healthier option. Next one can opt a low fat milk and add some dose of vitamins and fibre with fruits like apple, berries and bananas. Another thing to add is nuts, a rich source of protein. With all these components your breakfast can be healthy and tasty.
 

From the Factory to the Bowl – The Process of making cornflakes

Have you wondered how are cornflakes made? The main ingredient in a cereal is grain. The most common ones are corn, wheat, oats, rice and barley.  Most breakfast cereals also contain ingredients such as salt, yeast, sweeteners, flavoring agents, coloring agents, vitamins, minerals and preservatives. The most important of these is vitamin B-1, 90 % of which is destroyed by heat/cooking. The antioxidants BHA and BHT are the preservatives that are usually added to cereals to prevent the cereal from becoming stale and rancid. Let’s understand how are cornflakes made?
 

How are cornflakes made?

  • Prepare the grain got from the factory by cleaning. Usually, the whole grain is crushed between large metal rollers to remove the outer layer of bran. It can be grounded finely too. 
  • Whole grains or partial grains are combined with flavoring agents, vitamins, minerals, sweeteners, salt, and water in a large rotating pressure cooker. The cooking time, temperature, speed depends on the type of grain used. 
  • The cooked grain is moved to a conveyor belt, which goes to a drying oven. The water in the cooked grain is enough to result in a soft, solid mass which can be shaped as required. 
  • The cooked grains are allowed to cool for a few hours, letting the moisture content stabilise. This process is known as tempering. The tempered grains are flattened between large metal rollers under tremendous pressure. The resulting flakes are conveyed to ovens where they are tossed in a blast of very hot air to remove remaining moisture and to toast them to a desirable color and flavor. The flakes are now ready.

All steps in a manufacturing process have to be monitored for quality. The machines used are made from stainless steel, which can be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized. Grain is inspected for any foreign matter when it arrives at the factory, checking is done when it’s cooked and shaped. Filled packages are weighed to ensure that the content of each box is equal. Quality control is ensured for all cereal products.