When the cupboards are bare and you really want a snack then having a bag of popcorn kernels will always save the day! I went through a phase a while ago of trying out different flavour combinations of sweet and savoury popcorn so usually have a bag of popcorn at the back of the cupboard. Today I dug it out and made myself an afternoon snack.
Today I fancied a sweet and spicy popcorn so used: Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Salt and Sugar. The paprika was mainly for the colour so I used slightly more of it. The salt helped to balance out the sugar so it wasn’t overly sweet…
To pop the kernels:
- Add a tablespoon of oil to a sauce pan that has a tight fitting lid. Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the spice mix. Stir it all up so the oil is flavoured evenly.
- Then add a few tablespoons of popcorn kernels shaking it all up then stick the lid on the pan. To avoid burning, shake the pan a couple of times whilst the steam is building up in the pan.
- Once the kernels start to pop then turn the heat up high and keep shaking the pan to get the un-popped kernels to the bottom and stop all from burning! Turn off the heat once the popping reduces to every 2-3 seconds.
- Discard any un-popped kernels and eat immediately!
I like the way the popcorn colours with the spices used. However I think I’ll use white sugar next time as the brown sugar seemed the ‘burn’ quite quickly.
There are lots of different flavours that can be used with popcorn. Check out this website for more ideas.