I’m going to make this short and stupid simple.
You have family, traveling, presents, home things, grocery lists and christmas trees to conquer (wait, do you guys already have your trees up? I don’t really know how it works because I can’t be pulled away from my kitchen for long enough and i’m just generally lazy to do it and I have no kids so that makes it easy to ignore).
Point is, you have stuff to DO!
Here’s a super yummy last minute treat that will be the perfect finishing touch to your perfectly festive table.
Think of it as a grown up popcorn treat.
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn
8 cups of popped popcorn (95g) , about 1/2 cup of popped popcorn kernels (105g)
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (100g)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (65g)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (3g)
1/4 coconut butter or oil (30g)
1/4 cup sugar (50g)
Juice from 1 lime
How To Make This Bad Boy!
- Pop popcorn. You can use a popcorn popper or pop it old school style on the stove (see notes below on how to do this).
- Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl.
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Place pecans in a heated, dry cast iron skillet and cook on medium/low heat for 5 minutes, stirring and turning over frequently so the pecans do not burn.
- Place pecans in the bowl with the popcorn, along with the cranberries, cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Stir to combine all ingredients.
- In a small saucepan on medium heat, add the coconut butter or oil, sugar and lime juice.
- Heat until the coconut oil melts (or the coconut butter gets brown. Coconut butter doesn’t really melt). Stir the sugar/butter mixture until the sugar melts.
- Drizzle this mixture over the popcorn and stir so that all of the kernels get coated.
- Place evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, take out and let cool.
How to Pop Your Own Popcorn
- Place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pot. The pot needs to hold at least 8 cups worth of popped popcorn. Make sure that you have a lid that fits the pot.
- Heat the oil until it is nice and hot.
- Place kernels in the pot and cover the pot with the lid. Take the pan slightly off the burner and turn the pan in a circular motion so that the kernels get coated with oil.
- Place the pan back on the burner and wait for kernels to start popping. It will take 3-6 minutes for all of the popcorn to pop. Intermittently during this time, take the pot off the burner and swish (is that the word??) from side to side in a circular motion so that the kernels don’t burn.
- Once you stop hearing the kernels pop, you are good to go!
The first time I made this I was surprised by two things:
1) That I did not eat it all at one sitting because it is that good.
2) When I found myself savoring the last morsels three days after I made it, I was surprised that it didn’t taste one iota stale. Super yummy after three days. Bonus!
Okay – have fun, be merry and enjoy the rest of 2013. See ya’ on the flip side.
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