Being parents of young children we have got used to not going out so much and we are in again this New Years Eve. It was a year ago today that I started writing my blog, it seems like such a long time ago, especially when I look back over the nearly 100 posts that I have written.
Out of many of the things that we have done in 2012 making pop corn has certainly been memorable, having made it on a number of wet days to have a bit of telly watching with the kids or for evenings in together watching films. When we make it for the kids we let them watch the corn popping in the pan and they get so excited as it fills to the top.
- 2-3tbsp olive oil
- very large pan with a lid
- 100g corn kernels
- Topping – choose from butter, salt, sugar, sugar and cinnamon, syrup or what ever you fancy.
Heat the oil in the large pan over a medium to hot heat, when the oil looks swirly put 4 kernels in the pan and cover.
Once these kernels pop take the pan off the heat and tip in the rest of the kernels, put the lid back on and toss the kernels around in the oil for a few seconds.
Place the pan back on the heat, the corn will start popping soon and will all seem to pop at once. Shake the pan over the heat while it is popping, try to keep the lid slightly open to allow the steam to escape. Once the popping has stopped tip the popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
Now to add your prefered topping.
I have a super sweet tooth so love to put caramel on mine. You can make your own caramel with 50g butter, 50g brown sugar and 50ml milk or cream melted together in a pan then brought to the boil. I then put the popped corn on a baking tray and put it in a medium hot oven (180C, Gas 6) for 1 minute just to crisp it up – delicious!!!
Enjoy as a (sort of) healthy snack or as part of a total pig out evening in front of the telly – we seem to be finding many excuses to eat popcorn at the moment.
Let me know if you give this recipe a go and any other excuses you can find to eat popcorn.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year,
Love, luck and happiness in 2013,