Recipe: Caramel Popcorn

14 Jul

My favorite thing about Blitz Megaplex is their caramel popcorn. Since nowadays we Indonesians have to rely on our favorite lapak DVD for quality entertainment (except if “Arisan Berondong” is your cup of tea), here’s the recipe so you can enjoy morsels of deliciousness at home while watching low-quality images on your 14-inch Blaupunkt screen using the Vitron DVD player that you bought on sale for 150 ribu.

Caramel Popcorn

Popcorn
3 flat tablespoon of dried corn kernels
3 tablespoon of cooking oil (any will do, I use Filma)

Caramel
200 gr of fine sugar (I use Gulaku’s Premium sugar — NOT ICING SUGAR)
2 tablespoon of unsalted butter

Utensils:
Greased nonstick & flat baking pan/ foil
Nonstick saucepan with glass lid
Wooden spoon – grease the spoon-y part with grease before using

HOW
Mix corn kernel and oil in the saucepan, turn on the heat to the max. Make sure that every kernel is covered in oil. Put on the lid. Wait for about 2-3 minutes, give saucepan a shake. Wait until corns start popping, turning off the heat when the popping starts to stop. Don’t open the lid until the popping stops completely. Spread popcorn on top of foil/ baking pan, let it cool.

Put clean non-stick saucepan back on the heat (I recommend using non-stick saucepan because cleaning burnt caramel on regular pan is a bitch). Make sure that you pour dry sugar on hot saucepan. DO NOT STIR. Let the sugar melt into caramel for about 3-4 minutes. Once all the sugar melts & making sure they do not burn, put in the butter, mix using a wooden spoon. Pour hot caramel on top of popcorn, making sure every bit is covered. Other method: transfer popcorn to a huge basin/ kuali, mix using wooden spoon. Separate clumpy popcorn with wooden spoon and FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING HOLY, NEVEEEEEER TOUCH HOT CARAMEL WITH YOUR BARE HAND. It hurts more than a broken heart.

Let caramel popcorn cool for about 10 minutes, store in airtight jar. Meanwhile, put in a burem & “belom bagus Neng, yakin mau beli?” copy of Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows 2 in your broke-ass Vitron DVD player, and munch these popcorn while sobbing the loss of cinematic experience. Boyfriend/random hot hunky dude helps to ease the pain #eh. If no hunky thing exist, reach for the nearest guling. Repeat steps with the likes of “Thor”, “Super 8”, “Bridesmaids”, etc etc etc…

Yeah I’m gonna need more home-made popcorns.

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