I saw these lovely little popcorn trees somewhere at some point & thought they looked fab, they're something really different from the usual Christmas treats I make. I didn't follow a recipe, I kind of made it up as I went along using melted marshmallows to bind the popcorn together. The trickiest bit was shaping them into trees, I got myself into a right mess, melted marshmallow could be used as a heavy duty adhesive, it sticks to everything!
I melted around 200g of white marshmallows in a large pan, do this over a low heat & take some time otherwise the marshmallows can brown quite quickly. I then stirred in a dollop of butter just to loosen it up a bit. Next I stirred in about 200g of sweet popcorn, the cinema style one not the toffee coated one. Now, how to handle this big old gooey mess?! I started with dry hands....didn't work, then I tried icing sugar....by this point I was covered in marshmallow & had nothing resembling a tree! Then I remembered a tip I'd been given in the past & I sprayed my hands with a little olive oil....bingo, I could easily shape my trees!
I used a digestive to make a base for the tree, then decorated them with coloured icing, sprinkles & stars.
Voila, a forest full of popcorn trees!
If you're looking for ideas for last minute Christmas treats to make, scroll down for a few from the Rebecca Bakes Cakes archive.
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas & prosperous 2013! Rebecca x
So I've completed my challenge of creating 52 cakes in 52 weeks! What next? I still love to bake, but from now on I'll be sharing my ramblings on all things foodie. I love to hear from you so please leave a comment or email me at email@example.com