Friday, August 21, 2015

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

This popcorn has been a staple in our house this summer. There’s something about a crunchy, portable popcorn that makes me feel like it’s a must for all summer activities. Ha!
This popcorn is SO addicting. Plan on having a lot of people around when you make it or you might just eat it all yourself.
This recipe is from one of my most favorite sites, Our Best Bites. You know it’s good if they’ve made itSmile. It’s also great to package up in clear bags and give as gifts. So versatile and delicious! 

12 cups air popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
1 cup roughly chopped pecans (these can easily be omitted)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4t cinnamon
1/4 cup Karo syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2t baking soda
1t vanilla
3 squares almond bark

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a very large bowl. I usually need to use 2 bowls to make less of a mess when mixing.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a big, microwave safe bowl. Make sure you mix these two ingredients before adding anything else, otherwise it won’t turn out. Also, use a bowl larger than you think you’ll need because the ingredients will bubble up.

Chop butter into chinks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to the microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove, stir and microwave for another 2 minutes.
Remove from the microwave and add vanilla and baking soda. Mixture will foam up a little. When combined, pour over popcorn and pecans and stir until it’s evenly coated. Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lines jelly roll pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

After 30 minutes, take a piece out and let it cool. Sample it. If it’s not crunchy enough, bake for another 5 minutes. When it’s done, give it a final stir and dump in onto clean parchment paper. Using a fork, drizzle the melted almond bark over the popcorn. Don’t use white chocolate chips for this because it melts in your hands too easily. Almond bark or any sort of melting chocolate works best so it stays on the popcorn without getting all over your hands.

When it has all cooked, break it into chunks and enjoy!

*From Our Best Bites

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blueberry Muffins

I’ve been on the hunt for the best blueberry muffin recipe. This one is SO GOOD! And I love how it makes 24 muffins instead of 12 because come on, 12 really isn’t enough, right? Perfect for delicious summer breakfasts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners in muffin pans.

 Streusel Topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons butter, slightly softened and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
In a medium bowl, stir flour and sugar.  Add butter pieces and combine mixture with a fork until topping resembles coarse crumbs.  Set aside.

Muffin Batter
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 sticks butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces sour cream
1/4 cup milk
2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and baking soda.
With an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). 

At low speed, beat  in one egg at a time, then add vanilla, sour cream, and milk until combined. 
Add 1/3 of dry ingredients at a time and beat until just combined. 
With a spatula, evenly fold blueberries into batter.
Spoon batter into muffin pans and fill each cup to the top.
Sprinkle streusel topping over batter.
Bake for about 24 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and they are lightly brown.

Makes 24 muffins.

*From Little Magnolia Kitchen