Butter & Scotch Hot Toddy Caramel Corn

 

Butter & Scotch Hot Toddy Caramel Corn

 

This is a sponsored post from Abrams Books and the Abrams Dinner Party. 

 

Last week I did a very informal poll in a video I made for Instagram about this great new cookbook called Butter & Scotch, named for the actual Brooklyn bar and bakery. I asked my viewers which recipe they would like to see on my blog and gave them three choices.

The overwhelming choice was for this Hot Toddy Caramel Corn, made with a good shot of bourbon!

That is what this book and the establishment is Brooklyn is all about. Delicious baked goods and really fantastic cocktails, both meant to be eaten and drank together! Forget salty bar foods, this is all about balancing a sweet dessert with a cocktail that may also be sweet or bitter or both!

This book covers the bases, from pie dough to frosting to cakes and beyond. On the cocktail side, there are recipes for simple syrups and shrubs for making drinks that are out of this world.

I grew up drinking Hot Toddys when I was sick, and to this day I make them when my throat is sore and my nose is stuffy. But now I can make Hot Toddy Caramel Corn, and enjoy it while I sip my liquid Hot Toddy.

Whether I’m sick or not.

Hot Toddy Caramel Corn

Servings 14 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 14 cups popped popcorn

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Grease two rimmed metal baking sheets and set aside.

  2. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the sugar, butter and honey over medium-high, stirring until they are well incorporated. Cook the caramel until you smell the caramelized sugar and see it turn a light amber/beige color.

  3. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the baking soda, then whisk in the bourbon, salt, lemon zest and cinnamon. (be careful, the caramel will release a lot of steam, so guard your hands.)

  4. When all the ingredients are incorporated, fold in the popcorn using a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon. Keep folding, pulling caramel up from the bottom and over the popcorn, until it is well coated.

  5. Spread the popcorn out on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, pulling it out every 5 minutes to fold and toss to better coat the popcorn with caramel.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely (this takes about 20 minutes) then serve or seal in airtight bags.

  6. The caramel corn will last up to 5 weeks when kept in an air-tight bag away from humidity.

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Abrams Books and the Abrams Dinner Party.  I may receive compensation in the form of monetary compensation or product compensation in exchange for my review. I believe in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. All the opinions are my own.

Fun and Creative Halloween Party Ideas

Fun and Creative Halloween Party Ideas

I wish I could say I am a creative genius. I wish I could say I was a crafty mama who can whip up fantastic and fabulous things made with sparkly pipe cleaners and  glitter glue. Nope, that ain’t me.

Which is why the internet is so wonderful. I can go to Pinterest and find so many delightful creations ranging from edible, drinkable and just darn cute items for Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I have tried to make cute stuff for various holidays. Check out These Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

 

Candy Corn Popcorn Balls | Black Girl Chef's Whites

and Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skulls.

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls | Black Girl Chef's Whites

But lets be honest, it is only TWO posts.

So, I will share with you a selection of fun and creative halloween party ideas I found especially adorable and fun and whimsical.

 

Bat Truffles found on Delish.com

Brownie Bat Truffles

Found on Delish

 

Spider Cookie found on A Spicy Perspective

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spiders

Found on A Spicy Perspective

Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks found on One Little Project

 

Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

Found on One Little Project

 

Frankenstein Pops found on Just a Taste

Frankenstein Pops

Found on Just a Taste

 

Candy Corn Jello Shots found on A Beautiful Mess

Candy Corn Jello Shots

Found on A Beautiful Mess

 

Black Widow Martini found on Examiner

Black Widow Martini

Found on Examiner.com

Floating Eyeball Jello Shots found on Sugar Heros

 

Jello Eyeball Shots

Found on Sugar Hero

 

Mummy Cakes found on Delish

Twinkie Mummy Cakes

Found on Delish

 

How-to-make-Shreks-Dirty-Q-Tips-for-Halloween-on-ShockinglyDelicious.com_

Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips

Found on Shockingly Delicious

 

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

 

Classic (and Not Quite Classic) Cocktails

Classic Cocktails

With Mother’s Day coming up, brunches and lunches and dinners are being planned all over America. One of the first menu items to decide on should be a cocktail, in my opinion. A classic or not quite classic cocktail can start a celebration off right.

Over at Mom.me I have compiled a bunch of delectable cocktails, so you are sure to find one you want to make.

Please click here to check out all the tasty libations!

Fabulous Brunch Recipes

We are heading into brunch season, a season of gatherings and parties, weddings and graduations. A season of eating a lot of food, both good and bad!

I’ve compiled a few recipes that I think are very appropriate for a weekend brunch, in other words, very good food. Some sweet, some savory and some liquid! All absolutely fabulous brunch recipes!

 

Bacon Shrimp Avocado Dip

 

Bacon Shrimp Avocado Dip

 

 

Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole

 

 

Three Cheese Italian Style Sausage and Penne Frittata | Black Girl Chefs Whites

 

Chicken Sausage and Penne Frittata

 

 

Greens N Grits

 

Greens ‘n’ Grits

 

 

Caramelized Red Onion and Bacon Quiche

 

Caramelized Red Onion and Bacon Quiche

 

 

Chicken-Apple Sausage and Red Chard Frittata

 

Chicken-Apple Sausage and Chard Frittata

 

 

Mustard Green and Smoky Chickpea Strudel

 

Mustard Green and Smoky Chickpea Strudel

 

 

Slow Cooker Savory Andouille French Toast | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Slow Cooker Savory Andouille French Toast

 

 

S'Mores Martini | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

S’Mores Martini

 

 

lemony crisket-cu

 

Lemon Verbena-Limoncello Cocktail

 

 

Blue Spice Basil and Key Lime Mojito | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Blue Spice Basil and Key Lime Mojito

 

 

 

 

 

S’Mores Martini

S'Mores Martini | Black Girl Chef's Whites

S’Mores Martini you say? Have I lost my mind, you say?

As much as I would love to tell you I came up with the idea for this fantastic cocktail, it is the brainchild of one of my favorite QVC hosts David Venable. In his latest cookbook Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie. This is his second book, almost guaranteed to be a bestseller like his first book.

Back Around the Table Cover

In October 2012, he released his first cookbook, In the Kitchen with David: Comfort Foods That Take You Home, which contains 150 hearty, easy-to-make recipes designed with the home cook in mind. It was the third best-selling cookbook of 2012. This new book is chock full of recipes for tasty treats, including Banana-Peanut Butter French Toast, Sunday Pot Roast, Smoked Brisket, Five-Cheese Fifteen-Minute Mac’ n’ Cheese, and Mimi’s Blackberry Cobbler–can be found in his second comfort food cookbook. QVC’s resident foodie shows you how to transform recipes you know and love into exciting new dishes that still remind you of home.

I actually have a few appliances in my kitchen that I bought from QVC, probably while watching David Venable on In the Kitchen with David. My pressure cooker and huge 18 quart roaster oven are wonderful appliances. I’ve cooked my 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey in that roaster oven, because not only does it come out so tender and juicy I pulled the leg off just trying to pick it up but also because it leaves your oven free for all the side dishes. You can’t beat that.

I’ve been a QVC shopper for so long I can’t remember. I cannot tell you how many times I was wearing an outfit or a beautiful piece of jewelry, and had someone approach to ask where I got it. I would always proudly say QVC! My friends would laugh at me because I said QVC so often! Whatever, I know where to buy the good stuff.

I chose to make this cocktail from the book, even though there are so many other recipes that sounded delicious. The Smoked Gouda, Bacon and Pea Risotto is calling my name, as is the Asian Pulled Pork. Both recipes are for the pressure cooker, which I happen to have, because I bought it on QVC!

A S’Mores Martini is like drinking adult chocolate milk. It is is sweet and smooth and oh so tasty. Too tasty, because I sucked one down in mere moments. Then I just sat there giggling for a bit. Lesson learned.

S'Mores Martini | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

S'Mores Martini
 
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Serves: 2 Martinis
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 marshmallows
  • ¼ cup marshmallow vodka
  • ¼ cup Adult Chocolate Milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Put 3 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup on a small plate.
  2. Place the crushed graham crackers on another small plate.
  3. Dip the rims of two martini glasses in the chocolate syrup, then dip the rims into the graham cracker crumbs. Quickly turn the martini glasses right side up and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup in a spiral design on the insides of the glasses.
  4. Put the glasses in the freezer for 1 hour to let the chocolate harden.
  5. Remove the glasses from the freezer.
  6. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Put each marshmallow on the end of a skewer.
  8. Place the skewers in the skillet with a flat side of the marshmallows facing down, until the marshmallows turn golden, about 45 seconds.
  9. Remove the skewered marshmallows from the pan and, using the tines of a fork, push 1 marshmallow into each martini glass.
  10. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, half of the marshmallow vodka, half of the Adult Chocolate Milk, and half of the cream.
  11. Shake well and strain the mixture into one of the glasses.
  12. Repeat for the second drink.

 

If you think your family will enjoy this recipe, be sure to visit qvc.co/AroundtheTableCookbook to learn more about and purchase Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook. Filled with 156 great recipes like this, you’re sure to find something that fits your lifestyle and gathers everyone back around the table!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of QVC. The opinions and text are all mine.