Sunday, April 1, 2007

Crunchy Caramel Cashew Popcorn

Crunchy Caramel Cashew Popcorn

Recently I got a marketing/Spam mail from a popcorn company advertising their million flavors.This got me interested in trying to make flavored popcorn.I have tried caramel popcorn from gourmet stores and it is delicious. The softness of popcorn, crunchyness of caramel and nuts makes a delicious texture. Few other varieties that can be made would be Jalapeno cheese, Desi version with Chaat masala and Cheese would be a great variation. Anyways for today took the beaten path and made Caramel and Cashew Popcorn.

Few handy tips before making
1. Use non-stick cookware if possible to make caramel this makes cleaning very easy
2. Cover baking sheet completely using aluminum foil,else baking sheet will get very messy
3. Try to make popcorn and caramel at the same time, so when mixing it will make it easier if both of them are warm

Ingredients

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 bag of popcorn preferable non-buttered
1 cup of unsalted nuts of choice (cashew, Peanuts, Pecans)

Process
1.Microwave pop the 4 packets of popcorn this makes about 4 big bowls of popcorn

To make caramel
1.Heat a pan, when warm add butter,brown sugar,corn syrup and salt and bring it to a boil.when it forms big bubbles consistently it said to be boiled
2.remove from heat and add baking soda and any flavoring of choice like vanilla or cinnamon, I do not add any since I prefer just the caramel flavor

Process to make caramel Popcorn
1.Pre Heat oven at 250 C
2.line a baking with aluminum foil ,if not this will leave a mess that cannot be cleaned easily.
3.Pour the hot caramel over popcorn and mix well until all the corn is well coated
4.Place this in the oven and bake stirring every 15 minutes for about 1 hr
5.Remove from heat let it cool and place in a air tight containers

This makes for a easy and perfect hostess gift or a homemade gourmet gift for occations like Christmas etc..

3 comments:

Asha said...

Very nice Sreelu.Clever idea,looks yummy:)

swapna said...

lovely idea..sreelu.looking yummy!!

Sia's corner said...

u really got some ideas from spam mail? :)

 
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