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Kettle Corn

Slightly Spicy Homemade Kettle Corn
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Makes about 8 cups (approx 2 microwave popcorn bags worth)

¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
½ cup popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt to taste (about a ½ to 1 teaspoon)

1. Heat oil on medium in a large heavy saucepan or pot with a lid. (But make sure the pan isn’t so heavy you can’t lift and shake it, because you’ll be doing it quite a bit. In other words, don’t use your dutch oven!) Place just 3 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover. When all 3 of the kernels pop, your oil is hot enough.
2. Pour the remaining kernels into the oil. Sprinkle sugar over top of kernels, then sprinkle cayenne overtop of the sugar. Cover with the lid.
3. With pot holders or oven mitts on both hands, pick the pan up off the heat, secure the lid, and shake. Shake up and down, back and forth, all around for 3 seconds before returning the pan to the heat. Let the pan sit on the heat for 3 seconds before repeating the whole shaking process. You’ll get one heck of an arm workout, but at least your popcorn won’t stick to the bottom of the pan! Repeat this process until the popping slows down to one or two pops every 2 seconds. Remove from heat.
4. Remove lid and sprinkle salt over top of the hot popcorn. Cover with lid and shake one more time to distribute the salt evenly. Transfer to a large serving bowl and allow to cool for a minute before digging in.


Spiced (But Not Spicy) Homemade Kettle Corn
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Makes about 8 cups (approx 2 microwave popcorn bags worth)

¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
½ cup popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
Salt to taste (about a ½ to 1 teaspoon)

1. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.
2. Repeat steps 1-4 above, sprinkling the spice mixture over top of the sugar instead of the cayenne in step 2.

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Original Post: http://ladolcivita.blogspot.com/2010/06/homemade-kettle-corn.html


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