Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Fudge: Traditional Way-Easy Way!
Fudge is my favorite Christmas sweet! Iced sugar cookies are a close second, but how could any confection made with a pound of butter not be the "Queen of Sweets"?!
My Mom sent me a recipe when the boys were little that is such a fast way to make fudge, that there's no excuse not to. It's become such a safety net recipe during rushed holidays that it has an honored spot in my Holiday Scrapbook. It's an old clipping that she converted into a microwave version with her gracefully handwritten side-notes. "Marcia, I used white chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave oven. -Mom M." If you like, you can substitute chocolate or peanut butter chips to make two more varieties of Mom's speedy fudge. It is simply a great fudge recipe!
Another high point of the Christmas dessert table was my Aunt Vivian's fudge. She gives complete credit to someone named Parks, but in our family, it will forever be "Aunt Vivian's White Fudge". It is a creamy white fudge that's loaded with nuts. The down side is that it's finicky. It has to be made on a dry day (little humidity) and the beating time, "is a Bear!" She said to put 2 1/2-3 hrs. as the prep time. I've made this fudge, and she's not kidding! She told me, over the phone last night, that she's worn out three electric hand mixers, making this fudge; I recommend Black Walnuts if you're in for the work that it takes to make this delicious fudge!
Fudge: Traditional Way
Aunt Vivian's White Christmas Fudge
1 bottle clear Karo Syrup
5 3/4 C sugar
1 lb. unsalted butter
1 large can Pet Evaporated Milk
1 lb. chopped nuts
Put all ingredients except the nuts in a heavy pan. Cook, stirring frequently, to soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and beat with an electric mixer until it starts to gather around the beaters. Mix in chopped nuts and pour into greased pans. Let it set up; cut into squares. Prep time: 2 1/2-3 hrs.
Fudge: Easy Way!
Mom's Lightening Fast Microwave Fudge
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
4 C confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz. white chocolate (Mom melts white chocolate chips in the microwave)
3/4 C chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. In a double boiler, melt chocolate (microwave for faster results). Fold into cream cheese mixture with pecans. Spread into 8-in. baking pan. Chill until ready to serve. Cut into squares. Yield: about 48 pieces.
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