Anyways, before our trip away, I thought it would be a great treat to make some Caramel Corn for a snack on our travels. I have made this in the past and we can never get enough of it. It's sooo good!
So I figured, you lovely people out there in blogland might like to make this for your family too :) My kids think it tastes better than the bought stuff - and they don't lie about that kind of thing!
Without further ado ...
7-8 C popped popcorn
3/4C brown sugar
3Tbsp corn syrup (glucose syrup)
1/4tsp baking soda
chopped nuts - optional
Put popcorn in a large roasting pan - I usually split it between two pans.
In a medium saucepan, mix brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook, stirring, until boiling at a moderate rate for 5mins (over a medium heat), the butter should have combined to make a smooth, thick mix.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. - It should look fluffy
Pour over popcorn, stirring gently to coat (if adding nuts, do so now) - It will barely cover the popcorn at this point, and may sit in blobs.
Bake at 150C for 5-10 minutes, give it a stir and put back in again. I do this a few times to ensure all popcorn gets some caramel on it.
Spread on a buttered tray/tinfoil to cool, separating clumps. Store in airtight container.
As most of you know, I am a Prenzel agent. We have recently brought out some new products, one of which is a Passionfruit Tipsy Topping. As agents, we are encouraged to experiment with the products, so that we can tell people how to use them. Last week, I decided to make up a simple cheesecake recipe using the Passionfruit topping.
Now this is what I would call a 'cheats' cheesecake. It's a very basic recipe - made with ingredients I happened to have at home - so not a whole heap of cream cheese etc as per usual.
Mango and Passionfruit Cheesecake
Plain biscuits - 1 packet
2Tbsp Prenzel Passionfruit Tipsy Topping
1 tub cream cheese
1 tin condensed milk
gelatine and water
1/3C Prenzel Passionfruit Tipsy Topping
1Tbsp Caster sugar
gelatine and water
Place mango in a bowl, pour topping over, and mix in caster sugar. Cover with clingfilm while you prepare everything else.
Crush biscuits in food processor, add melted butter and topping. Pulse. Press into a lined springform pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Beat cream cheese and condensed milk until smooth.
In a separate bowl, prepare the gelatine - I only had 2 1/4 tsp gelatine left so went with that. Add to 100ml of water and stir to combine. I put half the mix into the cream cheese, and half into the mango bowl.
Pour Cream cheese mix onto base and pop in fridge for about 5 minutes to start firming before adding the topping. Carefully spoon mango mix over the cheesecake, covering the whole thing. Place in fridge to set.
serve with cream.
I am hopeless when it comes to mangoes, and I have no idea how to cut them properly or how to tell if they are ripe, so I found that some of it tasted really nice, and some tasted a little weird, so if you are like me, you could always try it with a different fruit.
Lastly, I want to show you my cupcakes!I made a standard chocolate cupcake mix, and added those caramel choc bits to them for a change :)
As I had used the last of my cocoa making the cupcakes, I made the buttercream using drinking chocolate instead, and also added in almost 1/4C of golden syrup, which I heated up to make it runnier. The result is very tasty!
Aren't they cute?! (Simplifood sells the wee butterflies quite cheap!)
Anywhoodle, that's my lot for this time :) I have already decided on one recipe to share with you this week, and I think I might try to do a completely savoury blog next time ... well ... we'll see how I go with that!