Trying to save money? This is a great edible gift – easy and not expensive to make
Serves: approx 6 x 50g packs
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 5min
- 1tbsp vegetable oil
- 100g popping corn
- 150g pecan halves
- 20g butter
- 3tbsp caster sugar
- 2-3tsp sea salt
- Heat a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the vegetable oil and popping corn. Put the lid on and shake the pan. Place over a medium-high heat and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the corn starts to pop.
- Continue to cook over a low heat until the popping subsides, carefully shaking the pan from time to time. Tip into a large bowl and cool, removing any un-popped kernels.
- Heat the pecans in a large dry frying pan or wok for about 2min, stirring, then add the butter and allow to melt. Sprinkle in the sugar and cook for 1-2min, until just beginning to smoke a little. Remove from the heat, add the popcorn and leave to cool. Sprinkle in the salt.
- Pack up in clear sweet bags, tie securely with ribbon or string and label. Tastes wonderful sprinkled onto vanilla ice cream.
Tip: Great for giving to a party host or a neighbour at Christmas.
Recipes & Styling: Sue Ashworth
Photography: Jonathan Short