That title is supposed to be a play off Naipaul's A House for Mr.Biswas. Even though I'm not big on misogynists. His writing, I'm all for, though.
Moving on to more important things; the food. You knew this post was coming. Time and time again, I've raved about caramel corn (eee! The Justin Bieber of all food. It's terrible for you, but you, like, totally know that you love-me-and-you-care).
I never got the opportunity to make it in recent times. Why?
It's a demanding recipe that doesn't give much room for photography (somebody has got burnt each time I've made this), for starters. The main reason, however, is that it tastes absolutely fantastic and I could eat a bucket full of hot, sticky corn before thinking... not good if the bucket consists purely of butter, sugar and glorious, glorious brown sugar. And yeah. Popcorn goes in, as well.
Make this on a leisurely day when you've got lots of time and patience for the prima donna of all popcorn. And make it only for someone special. As I did.
Sarbeejaan (also known as Sarfeejaan or Dumbasssaf in local circles) loves her butter and dark chocolate. Looking at her, you'd never know. Lucky, skinny *beep*face.
She keeps me from going over to the dark side; a healthy dose of crazy in my otherwise pristine, boring medical life. Calls me out on my holier-than-thou bullshit. Gets me mad-fun things to wear/eat that I never normally would.
Borderline annoying, sometimes. Like when she calls me only for food and medical advice, but I wouldn't have it any other way (flattery sits well on me, and if I can contribute to her not looking like a TB patient with vaval-kutti clavicles in any way, I will). I draw the line on accompanying her on visits to annoying relatives, though.
Cooking with her is fun on good days. Which don't involve caramel-making.
And if the photos are pretty for a change, it's because she took them! The nice ones, at least.
Even if only the crazies eat this, to actually make this, you need to put your nerd glasses on. It's a science, this whole caramel-making business. You can read the Snickers cake post, for a more detailed algorithm on caramel making.
So before you get that butter sizzling, pay heed:
The colour of the caramel needs to be a little more golden-brown and a little less dark brown, than you see in these photos. The difference is about 18 seconds. Don't leave the pan on fire to go read the next step of the recipe. Measure out and keep the ingredients at hand's length. I'm just saying.
Source: from Christie's corner
1 cup popcorn, uncooked
1 cup butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp sea salt (or 1/2 tsp regular salt)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Divide the popcorn into three smaller bowls so you can mix in the caramel effectively.
Pour in the baking powder. The caramel will bubble up. Stir constantly.
|Feel free to add in some salted, roasted peanuts at this point if you feel there's|
a lot of caramel made. Krackerjack!
|Chef and cousin-extraordinaire, and my namesake, Rabia machi, wanted her|
"white hands and gold bangles" on the blog. Done.
Divide into pans and bake at 170 C or 250 F for about 30 minutes. Take out a piece, cool it, and taste to check if it's crispy.
If it's still chewy, put it back in for another 10 minutes.
Pour it into bowls, and cool completely. Store in an airtight box until completely cool.