I am a HUGE fan of Monin syrups. I have a big selection of them now and I use them in my bakes and in drinks. There is such a massive range of flavours available making them perfect for every occasion. The wonderful people at Monin know how much I love them, so very kindly sent me some samples of one of their latest ones to try… Popcorn Syrup. This syrup was exclusive to Costa during the Summer, where they used it in their Popcorn Cappuccino. Luckily for us it is now on general sale to everyone! Wahooooooo!!!!
The first thing I do when I get a new bottle of Monin syrup is open it and smell it. They always smell so beautiful, and this one is no exception. Imagine a bowl full of freshly made caramel popcorn, still warm. That is exactly what this syrup smells like. It is also exactly what it tastes like, liquid popcorn! I have to say I think this is one of my favourites. It is perfect added to milk for a delicious milkshake, or added to hot chocolate, and I even mixed some in a rice pudding. Dreamy!
As it is popcorn flavour, I immediately decided that I would bake something with caramel too as the two flavours are a perfect combination. I also wanted to make something very easy and quick, so that anyone could make it themselves with no stresses. They need very few ingredients too. These cream slices are extremely simple to make the way I did them, but you can make them more difficult if you insist. I used a ready made puff pastry sheet, as even top bakers say life is too short to make your own! The shop bought variety is delicious so no need to bother spending hours making it yourself. I also used a ready made caramel sauce for the topping. You can make your own if you want but as I said, I wanted this to be an easy dessert that anyone could make with no chance of anything going wrong (and believe me, I’ve seen some disastrous caramel sauce stories). I used Carnation’s Cook with Caramel which is a scrumptious product to have in your store cupboard for last minute desserts and bakes!
You can choose how many slices to cut the pastry in to, but I made 6 big ones. If you wanted to make some for a delicate afternoon tea, just cut them into smaller slices.
CARAMEL AND POPCORN CREAM SLICES
1 sheet ready made puff pastry
2 tbsp Monin Popcorn Syrup
300 ml double cream
300 g caramel sauce (I used Carnation Cook with Caramel)
Popcorn to decorate (I used Butterkist Salted Caramel popcorn)
- Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Carefully cut the pastry sheet in half across the width, making 2 equally sized rectangles.
- Place one of the halves on to the baking sheet, prick it all over with a fork, and place a clean baking sheet on top. (This is to prevent it rising too much). Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, then remove the top baking sheet and bake the pastry for a further 5-10 minutes until lovely and golden all over.
- Slide the pastry on to a cooling rack.
- Place the second pastry half on to the lined baking sheet, prick it all over with a fork, cover with another baking sheet and bake as before. Cool this one on a cooling rack too.
- While they are cooling, whisk together the double cream and the Monin Popcorn Syrup until it forms soft peaks. You don’t want to whisk it past this stage as it will naturally thicken further as you pipe it.
- When the pastry is cooled, place them on top of each other and carefully cut both pieces in to the desired sizes. I cut mine in to 2 inch by 4.5 inch rectangles, and it made enough for 6 slices (2 rectangles per slice).
- Spoon the whisked cream into a disposable piping bag and cut the end off, making an opening about 1cm wide. Place half of the pastry rectangles on to a board or plate, and pipe the cream on each of them. Place the other pastry rectangles on top.
- Spoon the caramel sauce in to another disposable piping bag and cut the end off, making a smaller opening than you had for the cream. Pipe the caramel on top of the pastry slices. Dip a small spatula in boiling water, then use it to spread the caramel evenly across the slices, filling in any gaps.
- Decorate with popcorn, and enjoy. These keep well in the fridge for a couple of days, although the popcorn decoration might need replacing, so only decorate them when you are ready to serve them.
I have to say they taste heavenly. I will be making these many times from now. Friends and family will be so impressed if you serve these to them, and they will have no idea how easy they were to make. I won’t tell if you don’t 😉
To find out more about the gorgeous Monin syrups available, click HERE to go to their website.
DISCLAIMER: I was sent the Popcorn Syrup for free to use in my bakes. This fact in no way has any bearing on my opinion of it though. I believe in honesty at all times and will only recommend products I genuinely love. And I genuinely love this!!!