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This Jamie Oliver sugar mix really does smell like Christmas (although you are not limited to eating it only at Christmas!). The sugar recipe makes loads, (but is easily halved) and it keeps in an airtight container for absolutely ages and can be used on a variety of things (to sweeten whipped cream, on porridge, on fruit--you name it...), so it's well worth doing a full batch. I don't usually do sweet popcorn, but I like this one!
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 2 oranges, zest of, finely grated
- 2 lemons, zest of, finely grated
- 6 whole cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- whole nutmeg (10 gratings)
- 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
- 1 kg caster sugar, unrefined if possible
- olive oil
- 1 slice butter
- 250 g popcorn
- 6 tablespoons spiced sugar
- SPICED SUGAR:.
- Put all of the sugar ingredients, except the sugar into a food processor and whiz until well blended and fine. Add the sugar and whiz again to combine everything together.
- Spread the sugar out on a tray to dry out for a couple of hours before using, as it will be slightly moist at this stage.
- Once dry, sieve the sugar to catch any large pieces and discard them. Keep the sugar in an airtight container. It will keep for ages!
- Put the oil and butter into a pan on high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the popcorn and stir well to coat. Cover and leave to pop, shaking occasionally.
- Put the sugar into a large bowl and when the popcorn is ready, add it to the bowl, tossing quickly to coat it with the sugar.
These were sweet and tangy, but for some reason did not go over so well. My initial reaction was somewhere in the middle. It's not bad, but not great. It did grow on me the more I had, so I am leaning towards a five star on this.
Forget about the calories here, this was great ! ! Doubled the batch and took some next door too. Got the call back immediately seeing we were both watching football. Very flavorful and well enjoyed.. I have a new weekend sport snack to add to my collection. Made for PRMR tag..
The bay leaf was for sure an interestin addition. I quartered the recipe,since it seems like I'm starting a little collection of spiced sugars. Another great way of eatiing a low calorie snack.I sprinkled oil rather than using butter.Thanks for sharing.