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Popcorn Bags with five-star toppings by Donna Hay

  • Makes 6
  • Easy

Upgrade movie night with these yummy popcorn bags and a variety of flavours that are sure to grab a top rating from the whole family

Popcorn Bags with five-star toppings by Donna Hay

Children will love these these yummy popcorn bags that have been upgraded with extra-special toppings by Australian food stylist, author, and magazine editor Donna Hay. Taken from her new book Basic to Brilliance Kids: A Healthy Book for Big and Little Kids these will add a touch of luxe to those weekend movie nights with the family.

First, here is your basic popcorn recipe… it’s movie time popcorn bags

Ingredients

For the basic recipe

  • popcorn kernels 1 cup (600g)
  • brown paper lunch bags 6

Method

  • Step 1

    Place 2 tablespoons of the kernels into 1 of the paper bags. Fold the top of the bag over three times, then fold in the corners to secure (this will help to keep the popcorn safely in the bag while it cooks). Repeat with the remaining popcorn and paper bags.

  • Step 2

    Place the popcorn bags, 1 at a time, in the microwave on high for 2 minutes each or until you hear (with sharp ears) that the popping has slowed to around 1 pop every 3 seconds. Use a tea towel to carefully take each bag from the microwave – they’ll be hot. Allow to cool a little, open them up, then snuggle in and enjoy!

Choc-Coconut and Maple Butter popcorn bags

  • Step 1

    Popcorn Bags with five-star toppings by Donna Hay
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    Place 1⁄4 cup (60ml) maple syrup, 11⁄2 tablespoons sifted raw cacao or cocoa powder and 1⁄4 cup (20g) shredded coconut in a small bowl and mix to combine.

     

  • Step 2

    Divide between the warm popcorn bags at the end of step 3 (see recipe, page 136). Fold the tops of the bags over and give them a big shake to coat.

BOTTOM: Maple butter Popcorn

  • Step 1

    Melt 60g butter and place in a small bowl. Add 1⁄4 cup (60ml) maple syrup and mix to combine.

    Pour into the bags of warm popcorn at the end of step 3 (see recipe, page 136). Fold the tops of the bags over and shake well to combine.

TOP: Cinnamon Popcorn

  • Step 1

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    Melt 60g butter and place it in a small bowl. Add 1⁄4 cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar and 11⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.

    Mix to combine and divide between the warm bags of popcorn at the end of step 3 on original recipe above. Fold the tops of the bags over and shake, shake, shake!

BOTTOM: Lime & Chilli Popcorn

  • Step 1

    Place 11⁄2 tablespoons finely grated lime rind, 1 teaspoon chilli powder and 11⁄2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt in a small bowl. Mix to combine and divide between the warm bags of popcorn at the end of step 3 (see recipe, above).

    Fold the tops of the bags over and shake well to combine.

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