You know what the Rosh Hashanah celebrations are missing? Gourmet popcorn.
It’s obvious now I’ve said it, right?
I lay awake in bed the other night imagining how delicious this apple and honey popcorn would be, and figuring out how to make it, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it before. Well, I’ve done it now!
I really enjoy the food traditions of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – especially the apples dipped in honey, because they lend themselves so well to a bit of mixing up, recipe-wise. Take last year’s apple and honey cookies for instance – all the flavours of the festival in a delicious, sweet, chewy cookie. Yum. Or have a look at my no-bake apple & honey cake pops. Rosh Hashanah on a stick! Previously I’ve also made apple and honey cake, apple & honey muffins, and some extremely sticky apple & honey rice crispy cakes.
But back to the gourmet popcorn.
I knew it had to be crispy, crunchy, sweet and delicious. It had to taste both unmistakably of honey, but also have a hint of apple. After a little experimentation, I think I fulfilled my brief.
I’ve had to leave the bag in the other room so that I don’t eat the whole lot. Mmmmm.
This apple and honey popcorn is incredibly delicious. I asked DH to taste it. He’s diabetic, and usually doesn’t really go in for sweet stuff at all. He had one piece, then immediately helped himself to a second and a third. Mmmmmmm. Apple & honey-licious 🙂
Obviously, this popcorn is great for snacking. Keep some handy for those Yomtov munchies! It’s also a fabulous homemade holiday gift – package it in cute gift bags or popcorn cartons and hand it out to friends and family. I think it would also be an easy prepare-ahead no-stress dessert, sprinkled over some vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with a little extra honey, to make a quick sundae.
I haven’t told Kipper about the popcorn yet. Would I be a terrible mother if I saved her from herself by eating it all?
I used my hot air popcorn maker to make the plain popcorn, but you can use whatever method you prefer (stovetop, microwave, hot air popper…) or just buy a bag of pre-popped plain popcorn then add the coating yourself.
Enjoy your apple and honey gourmet popcorn, and have a very sweet New Year! Shana Tova!
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- 100g (9 cups) plain popcorn (or 100g popcorn kernels, see note)
- 30g (single serving) bag dried apple crisps
- 75g (3/8 cup) coconut oil
- 100g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 0.25 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Put the popcorn in a very large bowl and set aside. Line two large baking sheets with parchment. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
- Using a food processor or mini-chopper, blitz the apple crisps to powder. Pour the powder over the popcorn.
- Combine the coconut oil, brown sugar and honey in a heavy-based saucepan and place on a medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the bicarbonate of soda. The honey caramel will bubble up and form a smooth, thick foam. Pour this over the popcorn and mix everything together using a large spoon. Be very careful not to touch the caramel as it is extremely hot and will burn you!
- Once the popcorn is thoroughly coated in the honey caramel and apple crisp crumbs, spread it out on the lined baking sheets in as close to a single layer as possible. Bake at 180C for about 15 minutes, until just starting to darken in colour.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before gently breaking apart the pieces of popcorn.
- Store in an airtight container.
- You can buy plain, unseasoned popcorn, or make your own. Pop 100g (3/5 cup) popcorn kernels using whichever method you prefer - hot air popper, stovetop, microwave or campfire!