Purim is one of my favourite times of the year both because of the balmy Spring weather, but also because I love the fact that the entire country enters into the spirit of the occasion with such enthusiasm and for 24 hours it's like living on a giant movie set.
This much anticipated festival brings out the kid in all of us and so it seems only appropriate that this week's recipe reflects this.
Make this more-ish snack with your kids or grandchildren during the upcoming Purim break....or just make it for yourself.
You'll be so very glad you did!
PURIM POPCORN CLUSTERS
3 cups plain popped popcorn
1/3 cup finely chopped glace cherries
1/2 cup peanuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup caramel syrup
80 grams butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1: Pour the popcorn, cherries, peanuts and coconut in a large bowl and mix till combined.
2: Place the sugar, butter, syrup, vanilla and water in a medium pot and stir over low heat till the sugar is dissolved and the butter melted.
3: Increase to a medium heat and cook for 7 minutes then remove from heat and immediately pour over the popcorn mixture.
4: Stir with a wooden spoon till evenly coated and combined and allow to cool before serving.
COOK'S NOTES: Glace cherries are the red or green sweet cherries used for baking cookies and may be left out or replaced with M & M's if desired.