Tuesday 23 December 2014

Pick Of The Pops!

Two easy peasy recipes for popcorn. This will make two large bowls for a party, or fill about a dozen jam jars if you want to give it as gifts.
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Start with about 125 grams popping corn and a large saucepan [I use my venerable old Hi-Dome pressure cooker] Heat about 1 tbsp oil on a medium heat [not too hot] and cover the base with kernels [that’s about 30g] Hold the lid in place and shake well. Keep the lid on – and as the kernels start to pop, shake the pan vigorously. Shake periodically, and when popping stops, tip popped corn into a large bowl. Remove any unpopped kernels. Repeat until all corn is popped. This will fill an average washing up bowl.
At this point, I divided it into two batches and made one sweet and one spicy. I find the easiest way to combine the flavourings with the corn is to put the corn into a large bowl and mix by hand, then tip it back and forth between large bowl and serving bowl a few times. That gets everything well combined. Quantities below each flavour 60-75grams of unpopped kernels. Just make up the powdered mix and combine with popped corn.
Mix in a mortar and pestle [or grind with back of spoon in a small pyrex bowl or jug] the following NB these are TEAspoons NOT TABLEspoons!!
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • ½tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½tsp chilli flakes
  • ½tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp demerara sugar
Mix together
  • 2tsp icing sugar
  • ½tsp cocoa powder
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon
Do make sure you label the bowls, so people know which is which – not everyone likes chilli! The first recipe is not too spicy [I can eat it, and I am not a great chilli fan] but you do get a gentle hit of flavour. The second is not over-sweet. Taste your finished batches and adjust to your liking!
Update - here's another recipe sent by blogfriend Mrs Micawber - thanks Mrs M


  1. Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas. And all the best for the New Year too! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  2. Thank you Carole - hope you have a great time too - suspect it is much warmer where you are though. What do you eat for lunch on 25th?


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