GOLF KITCHEN RECIPE: SALTED PEANUT POPCORN BAVARIAN Recipe by Oscar Bonelli, Executive Pastry Chef at Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples, Florida



Recipe by Oscar Bonelli, Executive Pastry Chef at Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples, Florida. Image by Stephanie Starr.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Golf Kitchen by Diana DeLucia. For more information, to subscribe to Golf Kitchen Magazine, or to order a copy of the famous Golf Kitchen Cookbook, visit

Serves 4


Popcorn Milk
600 grams Milk
200 grams Fresh made Popcorn

Caramel Glaze
​425 grams Sugar
325 gram Heavy Cream
375 grams Water
50 grams Gelatin
15 grams Salt

Salted Peanut Popcorn Bavaria
500 grams Popcorn Milk (see recipe)
120 grams Eggs Yolk
75 grams Sugar
24 grams Gelatin Sheets (soak in cool water)
200 grams Milk Chocolate
200 grams Dark Chocolate
600 grams Whipped Cream


Popcorn Milk

Bring the milk to a boil in a saucepan and then infuse with fresh Popcorn for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Caramel Glaze

In a heavy bottom saucepan, add the sugar and melt until caramelized. Chef Note: This should take about 4 minutes at medium heat.

Add the heavy cream slowly, and incorporate using a wooden spoon.

In a large pan, soak the gelatin sheets in cool water until soft and add to the mixture.

Add the salt and stir with the spoon to incorporate it. Set aside.

Salted Peanuts Popcorn Bavarian

In a medium saucepan, slowly heat the Popcorn infused milk.

In a saucepan, whisk the milk, egg yolks and sugar and cook on the stovetop until to 185 degrees °F.

Bloom the gelatin in cold water until soft, then add to the Popcorn infused milk.

Put the milk and dark chocolate into a stainless-steel bowl and pour the hot popcorn milk over the chocolate and allow it to dissolve. Whisk to incorporate.

When the mixture is cool, start to fold in the whipped cream with a rubber spatula until fully incorporated.

Pour the mixture into four 4- inch semi-sphere molds,

Fill each mold to the top edge and place in the refrigerator to cool and set. Chef Note: This will take about 8 hours.


Remove the chocolate popcorn Bavarian from the semi-sphere mold and set in the center of an 8-inch plate.

Spoon the caramel over the top the Popcorn and the Bavarian and allow it to run slightly down the sides and onto the plate.

Finish the top of the Bavarian with some popcorn and drizzle with more caramel sauce if desired.

Serve immediately.

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