Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Recipe and Book Recommendation!

If you’re needing something to do (besides reading my blog, of course) how about a Christmas recipe for when you’re watching your favorite holiday movie. These can also be used as Christmas ornaments!

Popcorn Balls

12 C popped popcorn

1 ½ C sugar

1/3 C water

1/3 C corn syrup

2 T butter

1 t vanilla

Preheat over to 250 degrees. Grease a large shallow pan and add the popcorn. Set in oven while making the caramel mixture.

Place sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook over low heart, without stirring, about ten minutes or until candy thermometer measures 280 degrees. Sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan can be brushed down with a pastry brush that has been dipped in warm water. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until smooth.

Pour syrup mixture slowly over popcorn, turning to coat kernels evenly. Set aside until the mixture is cool enough to handle, but still warm enough to shape. Lightly butter your hands, then quickly press warm mixture into 2-inch balls.

Let cool and enjoy!

And the book recommendation? I confess to a shameless plug. This recipe is from Undercover Cowboy, my story in Tyndale Publisher’s novella collection COWBOY CHRISTMAS. If you want to extend the Christmas spirit a bit longer, pick yourself up a copy and enjoy my story along with Catherine Palmer’s and Linda Goodnight’s contribution.

Here’s the back cover blurb of my story: Pinkerton detective Cole Ramsey has been hired to investigate a rancher suspected of sabotaging his neighbors’ property. But Cole’s investigation may be compromised when he falls for Abigail Covington, the rancher’s daughter.

Don’t forget to check back often for more recipes and book recommendations!

Coming next. . .A Real South African Christmas



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