Thursday, August 9, 2012

import blog october 06

Entry for October 21, 2006 College football and Kathy's almost famous carmel corn
and what goes good while being couch potatoes?? popcorn of course. fun !!
I originally found this recipe on a box of granola. I have used this at Christmas time many times over. Be creative with this. Take the basic ingredients and then change to your liking, nuts, dried fruits, unsweetened flaked coconut, etc. I have since modified this a bit too as we are older now and need to watch those fats and sugars more carefully. Today I did not have any granola around so I really changed the ingredients and turned out wonderful.
1/3 cup unpopped corn-8 cups popped
1 12 ounce jar of unsalted dry roasted peanuts, or any nuts-pecans are great
2 1/2 cups granola-low fat, no raisins or fruit
1 cup packed brown sugar-can use all or part of this with; molasses, sorghum, honey,splenda
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup crisco baking sticks, or butter, or I just used olive oil-perfect
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Heat oven to 275 degrees. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper 13 x 9 inch pan
In large bowl combine the popcorn, nuts, seeds, coconut, granola, anything you are using but do not put in any dried fruit yet
In a heavy pan combine the sugars, oil or crisco sticks or butter or the combinations you are using. Bring this mixture to a full boil and hold for 5 minues. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract and then the baking soda. The baking soda will rise up and make this mixture foamy. So make sure your pan is tall enough for this rise. This process will give you the crunch for your carmel corn so it does not stick to your teath.
Pour all of this mixture over the popcorn. Fold in quickly till all the corn is coated well. Pour into your pan and spread out.
Place in the oven for 40 minutes. Make sure your oven is not hotter than the 275 degrees. I set the timer for 15 minutes, turn the corn over, another 15 minutes, turn, and for the last 10 minutes I sprinkle on the raisins or any dried fruit I am using. After the last ten minutes, take pan out stir the dried fruit in, and let the carmel corn set to cool down.
I have a "big" oven, so I always double this recipe. This makes great gift treats.
Please experiment by using different sugars-honey, molasses,sorghum, etc, the olive oil works great and better for ya. splenda works great too for half or 3/4's of the sugars called for.
also experiment with different nuts, seeds, dried fruits.


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