Thursday, December 29, 2016

Keeper Recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge

These are like a million gazillion calories per piece, but try and eat just one.

8 oz. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. powdered sugar

  • Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
  • Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. 
  • The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen. That's good.
  • Spread into a buttered 8" x 8" pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge.
  • Refrigerate until cool (about 2 hours).
  • Cut into 1" pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Keeper Project Recipe: Dark Chocolate Fudge

These Keeper Project Recipes are for our kids, but it is also for us because we change recipes, make them once a year, forget about them and then wonder where we got the original recipe from. 

Big Spazz makes these for his gift trays and always pairs it with the peanut butter fudge

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup unsalted cashews (see note), coarse chopped
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Course sea salt for sprinkling on top

  • Over low heat, in a double boiler or pot with boiling water turned to a simmer and a pyrex bowl that sits on the pot without touching the water, melt the chips in the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts and vanilla.
  • Spread evenly into an aluminum foil lined 8x8 or 9x9 pan.
  • Sprinkls some sea salt on top.
  • Chill and pop out of pan.
  • Peel off foil and cut into 1" squares. 
You may use other nuts like walnuts

We like to put our nitrile gloves on and put the fudge pieces in a mini muffin paper liner. We can usually fit about 18 pieces of fudge in a bento box.