Crunchy. Salty. Sweet. Spicy. Moreish.
This is the popcorn that my friend said I should sell. Maybe now I will. Popcorn is so easy to make yourself at home… so I did! Let me introduce you to salted caramel popcorn with a hint of cinnamon. Your new best friend on Saturday night… or for that matter any night! Make this on the weekend for a lazy evening of TV and nosh.
Salted caramel popcorn
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 225g unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup golden syrup
- 440g soft brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp maldon sea salt
- 1 tsp cinammon
- 1 dollop vanilla bean paste
- Pop your popcorn kernels, or get your pre-popped plain popcorn ready.
- Preheat to the oven to 120oC
- Mix the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a very large heavy bottomed pan
- Bring to the boil on a medium heat.
- Leaving bubbling away for 3-4 mins without stirring
- Add the bicarb, cinammon, salt, and vanilla and mix.
- Stir in the popcorn til it’s coated all over in the delicious caramel mixture.
- Line 2 deep baking dishes with greaseproof paper
- Bake for about an hour, and stir halfway.
- Remove, let cool and serve!
Overloaded with chocolate!
These chocolate overload cupcakes are pure decadent, a light chocolate sponge, topped with a rick chocolate buttercream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and finally topped with a sprinkle of your favourite chocolate bar. These are definitely NOT for the faint-hearted but are definitely FOR you chocolate-lovers out there!
Chocolate Overload Cupcakes
I’m drooling just thinking about them…
- 200g plain flour
- 2tbs baking powder
- 40g cocoa powder
- 250g caster sugar
- 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 240ml whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla bean paste
- 280g butter, softened
- 100g cocoa powder
- 400g icing sugar
- 75 grams best-quality unsalted butter
- 50 grams soft light brown sugar
- 50 grams caster sugar
- 50 grams golden syrup
- 125 ml double cream
- 1 teaspoon fleur de sel
- For the cake, mix the dry ingredients and butter together until mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- Beat the milk and eggs together with vanilla and add to the cake mix a third at a time
- Mix until all combined well
- Scoop into cupcakes cases and back on 180oC for approx 15 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean
- For the buttercream, sift the cocoa powder and icing sugar together, add the butter and whisk on high
- If needed add some milk or double cream to loosen the mixture.
- Pipe onto cupcakes once cooled
- For the sauce, melt the butter, sugars and golden syrup together in a heavy saucepan, swirling every now and again
- Once the mixture is a bubbling, golden colour, add the cream and then the salt, to your taste
- Stir with a wooden spoon and let cook for a minute or so more
- Decant into a jug, and once cooled, drizzle over your cupcakes
- Top with your favourite chocolate bar and serve
- Eat. Immediately!
It’s that time of year again… Yes its Easter but it’s also Passover, which means I can’t eat the lovely easter egg I got from work last night, boo!!
Passover means I can’t eat anything leavened for a whole week (what, no cake?!) So it means I have to be a little more creative with my baking! One thing that is in abundance at Passover is Matzah, a cracker that pretty much tastes like cardboard! So I decided to take matzah and transform it into something everyone wants to eat!
Toffee Chocolate Matzah
It’s so easy, ANYONE can make it!
- 220g unsalted butter (I used kosher for passover rose butter)
- 215g brown sugar (I used demarera but ideally a finer sugar is better)
- 5 matzah
- Bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- Assemble 2 trays lined with foil, then baking parchment, and arrange your matzah on them, filling all gaps
- Preheat oven to 180oC
- Melt together butter and sugar over a medium heat, until it is bubbling away.
- After cooking for a few minutes, take off heat, add a big pinch of salt and vanilla and mix
- Pour caramel mixture over matzah and put on oven
- The mixture should bubble up but not burn, so bake for 12-15 mins
- Remove from oven and sprinkle over chocolate chips immediately
- Leave for a few minutes, then use a spatchula to smooth the now melted chocolate into a thick layer over the caramel
- Leave to harden then break up and serve to your guests, preferably with a cup of tea!
Layers of goodness!
I can’t even taste the matzah!
Todays cupcakes are the cupcakes I made for my own birthday (no cake is as good as homemade cake!) I’m a massive chocoholic as well as loving a challenge so I decided to make some cupcakes I had never attempted before.
I love the cake!
Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Salted Caramel Marscapone buttercream. Makes 36 approx.
For the cake:
– 375 ml Guinness
– 330g butter
– 130g cocoa powder
– 400g plain flour
– 350g caster sugar
– 2 tbs baking powder
– pinch of salt
– 3 eggs
– 200g sour cream
For the buttercream:
– 150g caster sugar
– 150g light brown sugar
– 75g unsalted butter
– 200ml single cream
– 75ml golden syrup
– pinch of salt
– 220g marscapone
– 110g butter
– 750g icing sugar
– 1/2 tsp Vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla essence
– Melt together the guinness and butter in a saucepan over a low heat
– When melted, sift in cocoa powder and leave to cool
– Sift in plain flour and baking powder, then add rest of cake ingredients into a bowl and mix well, using a hand or stand mixer.
– Add in chocolatey guinness mixture when cooled and mix well again.
– Scoop the batter (it will be quite wet) into cupcake cases with an ice cream scoop.
– Bake on 180oC for 15 minutes approx.Take out of pan and leave to cool.
– To make the salted caramel, put caster sugar into a pan with 25ml water and let boil (do NOT stir!) until sugar becomes darker. (Approx 8 mins)
– Add in butter, when that is melted add in brown sugar, cream and golden syrup.
– I made a softer sauce, so I let the caramel boil until 113oC then poured into a container.
– To make the buttercream, sift in icing sugar, then add in butter and marscapone, and 2 large scoops of caramel. Save the rest for drizzling!
– Mix well with a hand or stand mixer for about 4 mins, then pipe on top of cupcakes, and drizzle the caramel syrup on top.
– Top with a sprinkle of fleur de sel, and optionally, some glitter!
Look at these lovelies!
I like these cupcakes as they were moist and very rich, as well as being a proper dense yet satisfying cupcake, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and I recommend you have one with a cuppa… in fact that’s what im going to do right now!