Friday, 15 July 2011
In case you haven't noticed in the past, I'm one of those people who can't get from one meal to the next without a snack in between (I don't mean mindless munching away on sweets, though). I guess you could also think of it as having 5 meals a day :)
While I normally have some fruit or some nuts or perhaps some leftover cake from the day before, I've recently become obsessed with popcorn. I mean I have never hated popcorn but I always got sick of the sugar or salt not sticking to it the way it does when you go to the cinema so I never really got into making my own.
Until I read a post on Chameleon Girls on Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn and realised how easy it was to make caramel popcorn (I got sidetracked by their post on stenciled walls and by looking at all the pretty stencils you can buy on the internet before getting around to actually making the popcorn). I guess I never really thought of how you would make it and had just assumed that it would take forever and involved like a gazillion steps. Isn't that the case for everything you don't know much about?
Anyhow, I've been relishing in the amazingness that is salty caramel popcorn for the last week now and while I know that I'll have to stop at some point because you know...you can't go and replace your mid-afternoon snack and dinner with popcorn every other night...or at least that's what the sensible part of my brain keeps saying (the other part is normally too excited by the sugar high to respond).
Salty Caramel Popcorn
1 tbsp Groundnut Oil
4 tbsp Sugar
90g Popcorn Kernels
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
In a heavy bottomed pot heat the butter and oil. Once the butter has melted, add the sugar and (while you're stirring) allow the sugar to turn a light golden colour. If you're using unrefined sugar like I tend to, wait until it's turned a slightly darker golden colour, you definitely don't want it to turn into caramel before you add the kernels.
Add the kernels, stir and then cover the pan. Cook until the popcorn is nearly all popped (there will be 2 or 3 seconds between the individual pops) but make sure you shake the pot regularly so the caramel gets a) mixed in with the popcorn and b) doesn't burn at the bottom of the pan.
Once the popcorn is done, transfer it into a bowl and sprinkle with the salt and cinnamon and then stuff your face with popcorn instead of having a sensible dinner :)
What is your favourite snack these days?