Thursday, October 11, 2007

Baked Caramel Popcorn

4 quarts freshly popped corn
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup peanuts, nuts or cashews

1. Discard all the un-popped and partially-popped kernels from the popped corn. (This is important!) Put the remaining (fully-popped) corn in a large oven-proof container and keep it warm in an oven set at the lowest setting.

2. Combine the brown sugar, margarine, syrup, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Pour over warm popcorn, add nuts and mix gently, but well.

3. Spread the popcorn mixture on a large cookie sheet and place in a 250° oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove popcorn from oven and allow it to cool.

4. Break popcorn into bite-size pieces and store in an airtight container or zippered plastic bag.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)