Popcorn

Prep

  1. Cover the base of a large pan (with a tightly fitting lid) with a thin slick of oil. Put it on to heat.
  2. Add a single layer of popping corn. Put the lid on. Begin to shuffle the pan backwards and forwards across the hob so the heat is evenly distributed and the corn moves. It will start to swell and pop.
  3. Hold the lid down and keep the pan moving so the corn doesn’t burn. Keep going for a few minutes or until you can see that most of the corn has popped. Remove. Check the popped corn for unpopped kernels and remove them so they don’t break teeth. Pour into bowls. Add your flavouring.
  4. For Salty/Sweet, sprinkle a little salt and sugar into the bowl, stir and taste as you go.
  5. For Cinnamon/Sweet, drizzle in a bit of warm melted butter, cinnamon and icing sugar to taste.
  6. For Sticky Toffee, tip the sugar, butter and syrup into a small pan. Heat on low, stirring. Increase the heat and boil for 1 – 2 minutes. Pour and stir into the popcorn with a metal spoon. Eat warm or cold!

Plate

  1. Tip into bowls, bags or cartons and get stuck in.

Useful Cooking Information

Weight

Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb

Volume

Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints

Measurements

Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise


Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140
2300150
3325170
4350180
5375190
6400200
7425220
8450230
9475240

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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