Nestum is the flavour of my childhood. I remember drinking it out of a milk bottle (suspended in formula), and later on in hot steaming mugs of Milo (a chocolate malt drink) while reading Enid Blyton or watching cartoons. (Quick recipe: 4 tsp Milo, 3 tsp Nestum, and 1 tsp milk powder, makes an awesome cereal drink.)
In case you have no clue what I’m talking about, Nestum is a dried cereal, like instant oatmeal, but much, much tastier. If you’ve had cereal prawns, well, Nestum is the cereal.
I’m pretty sure there are other recipes out there that have tried to cookie-fy Nestum, but here’s my attempt at it.
This is what a tin of Nestum looks like:
The bright yellow packaging hasn’t changed much from my childhood. And this is what the actual cereal looks like:
The cereal is extremely tiny and flakey, so it cooks in an instant. Just adding hot water will give you a nice bowl of porridge.
I’m at a loss to describe the taste to you. It’s definitely sweet, but it also tastes of wheat and other earthy flavours. (Sorry, that’s the best I can do.) Nestum just tastes like a really yummy cereal. I’ve been known to eat it, dry, with a spoon. But here it is in a cookie if you’re not such a Nestumaniac like I am.
125g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
75g all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
100g Nestum (roughly 1-1/2 cups)
Makes about 30 cookies.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Line your sheet pans with baking paper.
Step 2: Cream the butter, sugar, and salt. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and baking soda. Add the Nestum and mix until you get quite a dry dough.
Step 3: Using a disher or by hand, portion out and place tablespoon-sized dough balls on the sheet pan about 2 inches apart. Bake each tray for 13 minutes.
I love how thin these cookies are, although I’ve made a puffier, cakier version in the past. These are like chewy oatmeal cookies on steroids.
This Nestum cookie has started me thinking of what other childhood favourites I can bake with. I’ve done Milo in cakes and cookies before, but not yet on Basic Bakes. (Maybe soon?) I loved Paddle Pop ice cream as a kid too, so maybe there’s some opportunity for a new bake.
Damn, I’m yearning for my childhood. I’m getting old.[Disclaimer: I was not paid by Nestlé to endorse Nestum. Although I wouldn’t turn such an offer down.]