Popcorn – 4 Awesome Recipes
Autumn is well and truly here. A great excuse to hibernate with some family movies on cold winter weekends. We usually have a large bowl of popcorn on the go, so though we would try out a few alternatives to our usual half salty half sweet mix.
The recipe to make basic popcorn is below. Then to mix it up, we tried 2 savoury and 2 sweet mixes.
For the basic recipe, add the oil to a large pan, and heat at a medium temperature. Place a couple of kernels in the pan, and wait for these to pop. This will let you know the oil is at the right temperature. Once popped, add the remainder of the kernels in an even layer, and place the lid on the pan. Shake vigorously, and leave on the heat until popping slows to only 1 or 2.
Remove from the heat, and add the melted butter, and either salt or sugar. If only making salty, you can add the salt to the oil before cooking to get a more even salty covering.
For the alternative recipes, omit salt or sugar unless specified, but follow the plain recipe.
1. Chinese 5 Spice Popcorn
My son does a brilliant copy of the Michael Mackintyre spice cupboard sketch, so we had to give 5 spice a go:
Add 1/4 a teaspoon of chinese five spice and a pinch of salt with the butter.
2. Parmesan Popcorn
Add approximately 40g finely grated parmesan or other hard cheese.
3. Chocolate Popcorn
The cocoa powder melts with the butter. Add 1 table spoon of cocoa powder plus 1 teaspoon of sugar (adjust depending upon how sweet you want it).
4. Marshmallow Popcorn
Add 50g of mini marshmallows. Be warned this sticks together, and is very messy, sticky, and popular with children!
This was one of my kids favourite posts… They loved trying out all the flavours, helped with the photos, the making (but were surprisingly absent when it came to clearing up!)
They each had their favourites…..Abbi couldn’t keep away from the parmesan and the marshmallow flavours – Jamies favourite was the chocolate. Neither of them particularly loved the chineses 5 spice, but maybe it needs to be consumed with a beer in your hand!
There was even a little photo bombing going on.
I got a bit carried away this summer playing with popcorn for instagram……