Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easy Famous Fudge Recipe, plus THREE other dessert classics!

Are you trying to figure out what to make for Christmas next week?  Do you need an easy recipe for your family get-together?  Is New Year's counting down to something sweet?  Look no further - The City of Motherly Love is HERE!  (Cue Superhero music) 

I plan on making my trusty fudge recipe for next week.  Calling it "trusty" makes it sound boring, but, believe me, it is NOT!  It only takes about 15 minutes hands-on time and tastes professional.  You can also change it up with all kinds of variations (but you probably won't want to!).

Since I have not made it yet (I'll probably make it on Monday), I don't have pictures of the finished product this year, so you'll have to settle for a picture from!  In the meantime, here is the recipe (followed by links to some of the City's most popular holiday dessert how-to's).  All of these are tried, true traditions, so let me know what you think!

Famous Fudge (Adapted from a Nestle Toll House Recipe)

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional - I don't use them)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.
  • Measure marshmallows, morsels and nuts (if desired) and keep in small bowl until ready.
  • Mix sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add in marshmallows, morsels, and nuts, then add vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. The recipe says to cut it into 48 pieces, but I cut it into a little less.  ;)
If you want, you can make milk chocolate fudge by substituting milk chocolate chips, but I've found that the fudge is too soft.  For better results, substitute half of the semi-sweet chip for milk-chocolate chips. 
To make peanut butter chocolate fudge, use a bag of peanut butter and chocolate chips, mixed together.  
I do NOT recommend using white chocolate chips.  It turns out like a thick, flowing fudge.  It is DELICIOUS, but requires a spoon to eat. Kind of embarrassing :)
If fudge is not up your alley (and I'm not sure how it couldn't be!), here are some more amazing recipes!