Sunday, December 31, 2006

Well, since you ask

Charlotte expressed interest in the fudge recipe, and it got a little bulky for the comments window, so we'll just make it a post of its own. Probably easier to print that way too, if you're so inclined.

Not having made much fudge, I don't know how this stacks up against other recipes, but it's very easy and we all like it!

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Combine the following in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly:

2 Tbsp butter or margarine
2/3 Cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 Cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Remove from heat and stir in:

2 Cups (4 oz) mini marshmallows
2 Cups (11.5 oz package) milk chocolate chips
1/3 Cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir mixture until completely melted. Pour into foil-lined 8x8 or 9x9 pan and chill until firm.

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Hmmm. I just realized I forgot the vanilla in yesterday's fudge. Oh well.

One thing for us international chefs: in my experience, not all marshmallows are created equal. Here in Costa Rica, the local kind are cheaper than imported ones, but they are denser than what the author of this recipe had in mind, and are artificially flavored and colored to boot.

Both the heavier texture and the artificial fruit flavoring came through in the fudge when I used them, so I'd suggest plain marshmallows if you have a choice, and check the weight on the package so you're somewhere near the 4 oz called for, in case your local kind are either denser or lighter than the US Standard Marshmallow Unit.

The recipe obviously calls for mini marshmallows because they melt faster, but you can use the regular kind too. You can cut them up with scissors if you want, or just be a little more patient when melting. When mine didn't seem to want to melt all the way down yesterday, I set the pan back on the burner, which was still warm, and they melted the rest of the way very nicely.

One other idea: I sometimes add the peanut butter in last, after everything else is melted, and just stir it once or twice, leaving noticeable streaks of peanut butter through the fudge.

1 comments:

Sandy January 02, 2007 8:24 AM  

Things that make you say Mmmmmm! I will try this if I ever get home.

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