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Salty Vanilla Pretzel Popcorn

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Hola!

Happy Monday! It’s a happy Monday for me because I am officially on Winter break! That means two weeks of sleeping late and being lazy! Well, that’s not really good because the less I do the lazier I get…need to avoid that!

My mom is pretty much recuperated from being sick so things are getting better for her and for me! I am able to kind of get back to a regular routine which include doing some cooking and baking.

This year I have obviously been a procrastinator but I was put over the edge last Thursday! My baby wanted to go to the mall and I was busy making a treat to take to work for our Winter luncheon. After back and forth arguing he won and we went to the crazy, packed mall! UGH! But he was a happy camper at the end so I’m glad it all worked out for us. I  was able to finish making this delicious popcorn that I took to work on Friday. I received tons of compliments on it so I am sharing the recipe right now.

I was so exhuasted after the mall that I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of the popcorn in its cute big  container.

I am making tons of this for Christmas Eve. It will also be our neighbor gifts.

Salty Vanilla Pretzel Popcorn (makes about 14 cups popcorn)

  • about 12 cups popped popcorn
  • about 2 cups pretzel twists
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 250 degrees F,  Grease a large (but shallow) roasting pan with butter or cooking spray, and add popcorn and pretzels to the pan.

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt  Whisk over medium heat until it begins to boil.  Allow to boil over medium heat (without stirring!!) for about 5 minutes.   The mixture will be deep gold and bubbling.

Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda.  The mixture will foam and froth.  Keep stirring.  Stir in the vanilla extract.

Quickly pour warm syrup over popcorn and pretzel mixture.  Use to large spoons to toss the mixture, coating all of the popcorn and pretzels in caramel.  Work as quickly as you can.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove and toss.  Return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and toss.  Allow to cool before handling and packaging.

This really is outstanding popcorn. It’s easy to make and has regular every day ingredients in it. YUM!

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source Joy the Baker

 

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Calabaza en Tacha

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Good Morning!

All of my Thanksgiving grocery shopping is done! If I forget something minor I just change my menu a bit to go with whatever I have on hand. I am definitely not one of those to run out to the store for one item when the lines are super long…I can’t handle that! OK…I usually send my husband if I have to!

For me pumpkin season has come to kind of an end with Thanksgiving dinner. I have a gorgeous pumpkin recipe for you today .

This is delicious! You can have this  candied pumpkin as part of your Thanksgiving meal, dessert or even breakfast!

Calabaza en Tacha

Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin (about 5lbs)
  • 2lb brown sugar
  • 2lb piloncillo
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 anise star
  • 10 cloves
  • ½ gallon water

Directions

For the caramel:

  1. In a pot add the water, cloves, anise star, cinnamon stick, piloncillo. Bring to a boil, reduce heat; cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  2. Prepare the Pumpkin:
  3. Wash outer skin, cut in 6 to 8 pieces; remove seeds and cut into slices.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degree
  5. In a roasting pan bake pumpkin with caramel, for approximately  1 hour until pumpkin is tender, you will need to baste every  15 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with caramel.

Make sure you don’t eat the pumpkin skin! My mom makes the same recipe but using sweet potatoes. You would almost think the star of this dish is the pumpkin but I feel that it’s the syrup. It is just delicious and any leftover syrup you have could probably be incorporated into other recipes.

Happy Monday!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source SweetLifeBake

 


Classic Caramel Corn

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Hola!

This weekend was super quiet. Apparently I don’t do too many exciting things…kind of sad! It was a quiet weekend.

We are not big junk food buyers. I do buy granola bars to grab as quick snacks. Chips I buy only occasionally when we have a taste for them. Since I bake a lot and make other kinds of snacks there really is no need to buy all that bad for you prepared stuff.

Popcorn is an excellent snack to keep on hand. It’s a great for when you are watching a football game, hanging out with friends or to take to a party.

Home made caramel popcorn is so much better than the store bought kind. I made this for Julissa’s trunk party and packaged it in cute little wax paper bags and sealed them with washi tape…so cute!

I wish I can make this to pass out on Halloween but it’s just so not acceptable to give out home made treats. It’s too bad that people can’t be trusted because I think kids would come to my house twice if I passed this out! I don’t think that sounded right…I can be trusted but as parents we always tell our children not to trust everyone…maybe that sounds better. I am trust worthy…don’t be afraid for your kids to trick or treat at my house!

Besos,

Flor

 

Recipe from: http://www.allrecipes.com

 

Carmelitas

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Hola!

Happy Monday!

What a busy weekend! Saturday was house cleaning stuff in the morning…pretty boring! Later Saturday afternoon my youngest daughter, mom and I went to Joann Fabrics.I love Joann Fabrics. They just have the awesomest stuff! After our time at Joann’s we stopped at Steak and Shake for a really late lunch. Their burgers were pretty good. The best part was that we all had lunch for just $20.oo! I love those 4 under $4 meals! Then off we went to drop my mom off and visit with my dad and brother and family that had stopped by.

Yesterday was a rainy dreary day and I had a lot to still catch up on at home. I did what I hate doing the most…iron! I would rather clean a toilet with a toothbrush than iron. I had no choice because my dress pants were piling up. I did all that nice and early so I could get it over with. The rest of the day was spent cooking and sewing…yes, I said sewing! My basic stitch is coming along pretty well. I will share what I made soon!

After the caramel tart disaster I still had some caramel left over and had to find something to make with the caramel…Carmelitas!

This picture came out horrible. These Caramelitas were the bomb! They were sweet and gooey and so delicious!

Ingredients

32 caramel squares, unwrapped (I used homemade caramel)
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
*A stint in the fridge will help them cool off if you’re pinched for time. They shouldn’t be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.
**To make a 9×13″ version, simply double the amounts.

 

I made the 9 x 13 size pan because I had so much caramel to use. They were gone in one day. I am glad they were all eaten up so that I wouldn’t have to keep looking at them. Sometimes family helps you when they don’t even know they are doing it!

 

Besos,

Flor

 

Recipe from: luluthebaker.blogspot.com

Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream and Salted Caramel

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HI!

I saw a recipe on Pinterest for a salted caramel tart and was inspired to make it. So I take out all the necessary ingredients and start making the dough for the crust. I start rolling the dough and of course it’s too dry and nothing I do to it helps but I force it into the tart pan! After putting the crust in the pan I realize I need a tart pan with a removable bottom…really? I don’t have one of those so too bad so sad I put it in the oven anyway. Meanwhile I start making the caramel (from http://www.saveur.com). I get the caramel done and have taken the crust out of the oven to cool. The crust is hideous and all crumbly…so much for making that delicious looking tart. By this time I am smokin’ hot and am going to make something with that darn caramel! I ditch the crust and make these…

I was not going to leave the kitchen without a treat. I made the cupcakes from a box mix and made the buttercream frosting from a Wilton recipe. I injected a bit of caramel into the cupcake and also drizzled the cupcake with the caramel and sprinkled a bit of sea salt on top. They were delicious…something good out of a disaster…I was satisfied!

Happy day to you!

 

Besos,

Flor

 

Crock Pot Caramel Apples

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Hola!

Halloween is almost here! The kids excitement is contagious! For years I have said that I was going to try making taffy apples, but I never did. This year I did it! It was super easy and they went over really well! It’s not Halloween if you don’t have taffy apples!

Ingredients

  • 2 (14 ounce) packages caramel candies
  • 1/4 cup water
  • apples
  • candies such as mini chocolate chips, mini chocolate candies, sprinkles, etc..(optional)

Directions

  1. Place caramels and water in your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on high, stirring frequently.
  3. Wash and dry apples.
  4. Remove stems from apple and insert stick into stem end.
  5. Turn control on low.
  6. Dip apple into hot caramel and turn to coat entire surface.
  7. Holding apple above pot, scrape off excess accumulation of caramel from bottom apple.
  8. Add sprinkles, mini chocolate candy, etc…(place on apples before caramel hardens)
  9. Place on greased wax paper to cool.
Besos,
Flor