I have an obsession with popcorn. . . Morning, noon, night, regardless of the time of day, I could pick up a handful of popcorn and go to town; sometimes I just rule out dinner and have popcorn. More recently I have taken to just popping large batches on the stovetop and putting it in bags in the pantry so I don't have to pop some at all hours of the day, I mean who really wants to stand over a big pot waiting for those precious kernels to work their yummy magic when they get a case of the munchies. There is nothing like grinding your own sea salt and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle and sprinkling that freshness over the hot popcorn. Chocolate chips tossed into the warm goodness then allowed to cool makes the best movie companion a girl could ask for. There are so many things you can do with popcorn, its a wonderful open plate for tons of flavor combinations. . . So go to town, have fun and mix your favorite flavors, just do it with popcorn, its always better with popcorn!
• 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
• 1/3 cup butter
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 12 cups popcorn
• 3 Tbsp. Macerated Coffee
1) Pop 12 cups worth of popcorn, stovetop or air pop . Follow whatever instructions on the packaging.
2) Use a mortar and pestle, or a coffee grinder and grind the coffee as fine as you can.
3) In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt. Allow to boil for 2-3 minutes, add the coffee and then the baking soda. The soda will make the caramel fluff up as it reacts and makes it easier to coat the popcorn. Pour mixture over the popped corn and turn over and over until evenly coated. Turn out onto a pan sprayed with oil and allow to cool.
4) You can easily add all kinds of goodies to this mix, its delicious with white chocolate chips, pretzels, whatever sounds good to you!
My favorite memories growing up always revolve around the kitchen, or cooking. Stringing green beans on the swing with my Grandma Sebert, making pie dough with Grandma Jo in the kitchen at the farm, or baking and decorating an array of cookies with my Mother. So it came as no surprise to me when I quit nursing school midway to do what I loved most . . . Cook, and Bake!
Since I began Culinary School, I have undertaken an array of different venues from an Italian kitchen, a quaint local bakery, and most recently a cruise ship kitchen. My journey is only just beginning as I set out to learn, share and bake my way through life. - Katie Kelley
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