12-21-2014, 07:26 AM
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Rather than giving my family more stuff to put in their cupboards for the holidays, my Better Half and myself prefers giving gifts that the recipients can stuff in their bellies - ie; cookies and snacks.

A favourite to receive - and an easy one to make - is a take on the american classic Cracker Jack. We started out with a recipe from Alton Brown, but adjusted for the available ingredients* and personal taste.

99 grams / 3.5 ounces popped popcorn
scant 5 dl / 2 cups raw almonds
113 grams / 4 ounces butter
454 grams / 16 ounces brown sugar
78 grams / ¼ cup dark syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


- Preheat oven to 121ºC / 250ºF.

- Combine popcorn and almonds in a large mixing bowl.

- Melt butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla in a pot while stirring. Keep heating until the bubbling brown mass reaches a little over 121ºC / 250ºF.

- Pour the molten mass over the popcorn and mix thoroughly - you need to be both quick (since the sugar-syrup hardens fast) and careful (it's hot enough to give some impressive burns).

- Spread the coated popcorn onto a greased sheet pan and put in the oven for an hour. Take it out, bust up the pieces and let it cool before putting in tins.

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Popcorn and almonds in a large bowl

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Melting butter, sugar and syrup

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One finished batch

As I'm typing this, I'm waiting for the fifth batch of the day to come out of the oven... got at least one more batch to do, perhaps two.

*) For starters, we use dark syrup made from sugar beets over here - not corn syrup.

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 12-21-2014, 07:45 AM
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Great idea. You can't beat homemade gifts.

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 12-21-2014, 09:22 AM
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Oh, very nice...well done. Copied, saved and archived.

Are there any little prizes?

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 12-21-2014, 09:25 AM
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Yes, every once in awhile I'll make something very similar to yours. It's easy and delicious. I intend to save your recipe and give it a try the next time my sweet tooth beckons.

Thanks Hans!

Merry Christmas my friend!

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 12-21-2014, 10:49 AM
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(12-21-2014, 09:25 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Yes, every once in awhile I'll make something very similar to yours. It's easy and delicious. I intend to save your recipe and give it a try the next time my sweet tooth beckons.

Thanks Hans!

Merry Christmas my friend!
No bay rum in there though, right?

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 12-21-2014, 12:13 PM
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It's easy, but making seven batches in one day is still a lot of time on my feet in the kitchen. Totaly worth it though... yummy, yummy Biggrin

And the prize is a huge box of home made cracker jack for Christmas Wink

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 12-21-2014, 12:29 PM
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(12-21-2014, 10:49 AM)EJaggerMan Wrote: No bay rum in there though, right?

Biggrin

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 12-21-2014, 02:25 PM
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That looks great but where is the prizeSmile

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 12-21-2014, 05:04 PM
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That looks pretty awesome and I bet is much better!

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 12-21-2014, 05:30 PM
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(12-21-2014, 05:04 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: That looks pretty awesome and I bet is much better!

Yes, I agree, but we weren't invited over for a sample. Sad Tongue 24

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 12-21-2014, 05:40 PM
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(12-21-2014, 05:30 PM)freddy Wrote:
(12-21-2014, 05:04 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: That looks pretty awesome and I bet is much better!

Yes, I agree, but we weren't invited over for a sample. Sad Tongue 24

Thinking of going to Scotland next year or the year after...might just have to hop over to Norway and try me some!!!

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 12-21-2014, 05:42 PM
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That looks awesome! Me and my wife do the same and will make cookies and candies. We even do homemade dog treats for friends and family with dogs.

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 12-21-2014, 06:26 PM
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(12-21-2014, 05:40 PM)Bowhnter Wrote:
(12-21-2014, 05:30 PM)freddy Wrote:
(12-21-2014, 05:04 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: That looks pretty awesome and I bet is much better!

Yes, I agree, but we weren't invited over for a sample. Sad Tongue 24

Thinking of going to Scotland next year or the year after...might just have to hop over to Norway and try me some!!!

Mike, both countries are spectacularly beautiful and easily worth the visit!

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 12-22-2014, 12:27 AM
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(12-21-2014, 06:26 PM)freddy Wrote:
(12-21-2014, 05:40 PM)Bowhnter Wrote:
(12-21-2014, 05:30 PM)freddy Wrote: Yes, I agree, but we weren't invited over for a sample. Sad Tongue 24

Thinking of going to Scotland next year or the year after...might just have to hop over to Norway and try me some!!!

Mike, both countries are spectacularly beautiful and easily worth the visit!

If either of you - or any other of the regulars on the 'nook - is ever in my part of Norway, give me a shout and we can knock down a couple beers (or coffees, if it's early in the day Tongue)

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 12-22-2014, 09:23 AM
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Thanks for the recipe, Hans!

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