December 20, 2012

Holiday Baking.

I love baking for Christmas and New Years.  I love baking gifts to give to neighbors and friends.
Except maybe when I'm pregnant.

I do have all these wonderful helpers.  But lets be honest, they are also wonderful eaters.  And how could a Mama resist sharing some of the treats with her own sweeties?  Which means that a double batch quickly needs to be a quadruple batch.

All that is just par for the course with a big family, I think.  And it really isn't such a big deal to just make more.  But, here's the rub:  I'm a baking disaster when I'm pregnant.  I forget these things.  I spill and I drop and I forget what I was going to do next.
And then I get tired of standing.
So, I sit down and peruse Pinterest.
And burn whatever I was baking.
Really, this is just a laugh-at-myself moment.  I'm not complaining!  I just wonder if my time would be better spent snuggling on the couch with Peter instead of cleaning up my chaos! :)
However, if you managed to make it this far through this post--here is a recipe for you.  I found this on Pinterest, of course.  And it is yummy.

Getting started making the popcorn.
Cinnabun Popcorn
Original source was Our Best Bites, I think.
12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels or around 1 1/2 bags of microwave popcorn for me)
1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees
Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside. Use a bigger bowl than you think you need.
Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more. *If you microwave it too much your popcorn will turn out really hard.
Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated. Stir more than you think you need to.
Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.
Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

My finished product!


  1. Yum! Way to press on! I hope you were able to put your feet up. The clean up is what gets me!!!

  2. haha! yes...the clean up! my kitchen is a disaster this morning, mainly from yesterday still!