By: Matthew Bates
Meal Type: Snack
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Servings: One Portion
Popcorn is fun and easy to make with on an Aga range cooker hotplate. In a matter of minutes, you can have a tasty snack ready for the after-school brigade or to accompany a Saturday night movie. Best of all, you can customise the flavour - the possibilities are endless! I’ve given four suggestions, but it is fun to experiment with different combinations. I find the melted butter is necessary to help the flavours ‘stick’ to the popcorn.
Why not try adding your popcorn to some celebration worthy Rocky Poppy Road! Just perfect for bonfire night, birthday parties and festive gatherings!
Place a silicone baking sheet onto the simmering plate. Spread the popping corn kernels into an even layer and put the lid down. Wait patiently. After a minute or so, you will hear the corn starting to pop. Leave until the popping seems to have stopped (a couple of minutes) before lifting the lid. Fresh popcorn awaits! Tip into a large bowl and flavour as preferred.
Antonia's Tips: Do not be tempted to lift the lid to see how things are progressing! The result will be a mess as the popcorn ‘pops’ all over the top of the Aga range cooker hob!
2 tbsp. popping corn might not look very much, but do not be tempted to add more. This will completely fill the simmering plate with popcorn. If making for a crowd, you will need to make in batches.
If using one of the flavourings below, place the butter to melt in a dish at the back of the Aga before you start popping!
Popcorn Topping Suggestions
You can, of course, simply sprinkle your popcorn with salt or sugar but why not try one of these alternatives...
Melt25g butterwith agenerous teaspoon of Marmiteon the back of the Aga range cooker as you are popping the corn. Tip the popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle with the Marmite mixture. Stir thoroughly to coat.
Parmesan, Rosemary and Paprika Popcorn
Melt25g butter at the back of the Aga. Tip the popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle with4 tbsp. finely grated Parmesan, 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemaryand1 tsp. smoked paprika (optional).Drizzle over the butter and mix well to coat.
Melt25g butterat the back of the Aga. Whisk together with2 tsp. sugarand1 tsp. cinnamon. Drizzle the mixture over the popcorn and stir well to coat.
Salted Honey Popcorn
Melt 25g buttertogether with 2 tbsp. runny honeyat the back of the Aga. Once melted add a generous pinch of flaky sea salt to the melted mixture. Tip popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle with the honey mixture.
This fun family recipe has been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds.