Monday, December 28, 2009

Caramel Corn

1/2 C. popcorn seeds
1 C. brown sugar
6 Tbs butter
1/4 C. corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Prepare popcorn, set aside. On stove, melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt on medium heat. Mix thoroughly. When it starts to boil, remove from heat and add baking soda (the caramel will bubble up). Mix in the baking soda. Pour caramel over popcorn. Use buttered spatula to mix popcorn in caramel until evenly coated. Spread caramel corm onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake in oven about 45 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool a few minutes. Store in an air-tight container.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christine's (my SIL) caramels

2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla

butter 8X8X2 pan.

heat cream to lukewarm in large, heavy suacepan.
Pour out 1 cup cream and set aside.
Add sugar, corn syrup, and salt to remaining cream in pan.
Cook, stirring constantly until mixture boils.

Add remaining cream VERY SLOWLY... almost in drops so that mixture stays boiling. If you cool it down to wear it isn't boiling it won't combine well. Stir the whole time.

Add butter 1/2 tablespoon at a time. keep mixture boiling!

turn heat to low. Boil gently while stirring until temp reaches 248 degrees at sea level....239 degrees in Kaysville, UT.

Remove from heat. Add vanilla. let stand 10 minutes.

Turn out on cutting board. Cut into squares.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

cranberry orange bread

Haven't tried this, but I want to. i love how the last bunch of posts are all cranberry.

I found this recipe here!

Cranberry-Orange Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
1 egg
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of loaf pan.
(8 & 1/2" x 4 & 1/2" x 2 & 1/2" or 9" x 5" x 3")

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda; stir in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in orange peel, orange juice and egg just until moistened; stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread in pan.

Bake 8" loaf for 1 hour and 15 minutes, 9" loaf for 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Loosen sides of bread from pan and remove to a wire rack. Cool completely before slicing.

**I always make a double batch so that I can get two loaves out of it. The way my family eats this up, it's always better to have two! But, at Christmas time, I like to have a second loaf to wrap up and give to the neighbors. So, if you choose to bake two loaves at a time, be sure to decrease your cooking time to 45 minutes.**