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Popcorn

Serves 4
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Steps

  • Cook popcorn kernels according to package instructions. Set aside one quarter and place remaining three quarters into a small saucepan.
  • For the popcorn parfait, add butter, milk and 100ml cream to popcorn in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, and then remove from heat. Push mixture through a fine sieve and keep hot.
  • Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and thick. Whisk in hot popcorn milk then return to saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened. Transfer to a bowl placed over an ice bath and cool.
  • Whip remaining 125ml cream to soft peaks. Fold through popcorn milk then transfer to a syphon gun. Charge twice, shake thoroughly then dispense into a 19cm x 9cm paper lined loaf tin and freeze until set.
  • For the popcorn caramel, crush half of the remaining popped corn in a small food processor to a fine crumb. Melt sugar in a small frypan until golden. Meanwhile, warm cream and butter in a small saucepan. When sugar is deep golden, remove from heat and add warm cream and butter and whisk until combined. Stir in crushed popcorn and salt. Set aside, keeping warm.
  • For the popcorn crumb, combine 35g butter, flour sugar, egg and salt into the bowl of a small food processor and blitz until combined. Spread onto a paper lined baking tray and bake for 12- 15 minutes, stirring half way through. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a medium frypan. Add remaining popped corn and cook until golden and crisp. Remove popcorn and set aside on kitchen paper. Reserve 4 tablespoons for garnish and transfer remainder to a food processor. Add cooled biscuit to food processor and blitz to form a coarse crumb. Set aside.
  • For the butter gel, melt butter until foaming, whisk in agar agar thoroughly and allow butter to bubble, without browning. Cool slightly, then place in a piping bag. Set aside.
  • To serve, spread popcorn caramel over serving plates. Add slices of parfait, popcorn crumb, pipe on some butter gel and garnish with buttered popcorn.

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