Food For Thought 12/8/2018
Burmeister Best Popcorn Recipes for the Holidays!
Hi everyone, here’s our favorite recipe for caramel corn, the patience is in waiting for the candy thermometer to reach that magic point. But the recipe is easy, and oh so delicious. This recipe came from a friends old Czech cook booklet. We have never found one we like better.
Burmeister Favorite Caramel Corn!
Easy to make and even easier to eat!!!
10 to 12 cups popped corn
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 Tsp salt
2&1/2 Tbsp. molasses.
Cover table with smoothed out foil with dull side up. Spray lightly with vegetable cooking spray. Place popped corn in extra large bowl. For big batches, I use the turkey roaster pan. Remove any un-popped kernels.
Mix sugar, corn syrup, hot water in heavy two quart pan (1 Batch). Cook quickly to 260 degrees on candy thermometer. Turn heat to medium, add butter, salt, and molasses, mix well, cook to 260 to 270 degrees and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over popped corn, quickly toss using two greased large serving forks/spoons. Spread popcorn on foil covered table, once cool enough to handle, break it up in pieces. Great for gifts.
#2 – Bobbie’s Easy Popcorn Balls
When we moved into our first GJ home, we met, newly arrived to Grand Junction, neighbors, Bobbie, and Tom. Bobbie, through health circumstances had lost part of her arm, just below her elbow. That never stopped her from doing everything! She was my hero. Our first Christmas, she made homemade popcorn balls. How’d she do it with one hand? Popcorn balls had to be formed quickly once the hot syrup was mixed in the corn. This is her recipe (now ours too) that didn’t require handling burning hot popcorn.
Bobbie’s Never-Fail Popcorn Balls.
1 cup Karo Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Vinegar (white or apple cider)
Mix above ingredients in saucepan. Heat over medium heat, bring to boil and boil for 5 or so minutes. Remove from fire, stir in 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla and butter. Pour over popped corn, tossing it until well mixed, let set for a couple of minutes, form balls. We use about 18 or more cups popped corn, adding just enough syrup to form balls! Cool, wrap with waxed paper or plastic wrap.
We only make these recipes during the holidays, in the interest of the waist line.
We always think of John and Bobbie with a smile and a memory, it’s a tradition.