29 October 2012

Super Super Easy Fudge Two Ways


Every year I give goody boxes.  I don't give them to everyone, but I do give them to everyone I love.  I change up what goes into them and customize them to each person -- my boss gets extra pralines, my friend Sue gets toffee, my friend Sarah gets something with Earl Grey Tea....You get the idea.  I am still making those boxes this year, so I decided to incorporate the process into the blog.

My idea for this year is to make all sorts of candies you can whip up in no time.  I decided to start with Homemade Fudge.  Most people think of fudge as being difficult to make.  It usually requires time standing over a stove and studying a candy thermometer.  Also you have to know when to stir and when not to stir if you want to end up with the ideal dreamy, creamy texture.

yea! it's fudge!
Well guess what?....Both of these fudge recipes require almost no stirring, no candy thermometer, 2 dishes (a bowl and a baking dish), and a microwave.  They both come together in less than 10 minutes.  Then you throw 'em in the fridge and let them set up.  You get the rich flavor and the super creamy texture with very, very little effort.  You can also wrap the fudge up and freeze it until time to give out those goody boxes.  That is, if you can keep from eating it all before you get it in the freezer. You gotta love all that.




Rich Chocolate Fudge
makes about 60 pieces

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12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional)

Line an 8x8" pan with foil or waxed paper.  Spray lightly with nonstick spray; set aside.

Place chocolates in a large microwavable bowl.  Pour the condensed milk over the chocolate.  Microwave on high (100% power), stirring twice during the cooking time, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the chocolate is melted.  Stir until completely smooth.  Once the mixture is smooth, stir in the vanilla, salt, and nuts, if desired.  Spread into the prepared pan.  Put in the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours, or until set.  Once set, cut into 1" squares.

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
makes about 60 pieces

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1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter (you can use either)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Line an 8x8" pan with foil or waxed paper.  Spray lightly with nonstick spray; set aside.

Place butter and peanut butter in a large microwaveable bowl.  Heat on high (100% power) for 2 minutes.  Stir, then microwave on high for 2 more minutes.  Stir in the vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth.  Pour into the prepared pan and press down to smooth the top.  Put in the refrigerator and chill for 1 to 2 hours, or until set.  Once set, cut into 1" squares.



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