Baseball and Peanut Butter Popcorn

Yesterday, we got our new LoveFilm through the post which was Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt.

moneybal

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this film since I saw the trailers in the US while watching a Rays game, but when we got back to the UK it wasn’t widely shown in the UK – I guess because there isn’t a big baseball fanbase here. The film, however, is brilliant, whether you follow baseball or not – it was nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Leading Actor for Brad Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill. It tells the true story of Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, who changed baseball by incorporating player analytics and winning 20 games in a row with a budget a quarter of that of the Yankees.

Anyway, enough about the brilliant film – go rent it! – and onto the real treat of the evening – the Peanut Butter Popcorn.

popcorn

It was super delicious, super easy and super cheap. All you need is-

  • Popcorn kernels – not the expensive microwave kind, the plain kind which you can buy from the wholefoods aisle (with the nuts!) for less than a pound a pack. 
  • Peanut Butter
  • Caster Sugar
  • Butter
  1. Measure out how many popcorn kernels you think you’re gonna eat – remember that each tiny kernel makes one massive pop, so you’re not going to need too many!
  2. Put plenty of oil in a large saucepan with a lid – make sure there’s enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, but not so much that the kernels deep fry!
  3. Heat the oil a little on a low heat and throw in the kernels, putting the lid on the pan.
  4. Shake the pan, and don’t stop shaking it! The kernels will pop, and you need to wait until there is about 30 seconds between pops for it to be done. Take it off the heat.

pop

  1. In a small pan, heat a cup of peanut butter with 1/2 a cup of sugar and 2/3 a cup of butter. You might want to add more sugar, butter or peanut butter if you think it’s too thick or to salty, but play it by tongue.
  2. Keep stirring – after a couple of minutes it will turn really runny and sticky.
  3. In a really big bowl, pour in the popcorn and the peanut sauce and give it a good stir. You don’t need much sauce, as it is pretty strong!

Voila! Enjoy!

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