Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fabulous Fudge

Fudge has such an image. It is found at almost every Christmas party, it reminds us of our grandmother's house and it is usually given as a homemade gift in a cute little tin. I had never given fudge a chance until recently in these past few years. I would always turn my nose up at it as if it didn't even deserve a spot on my plate. Shame on me because I have missed out all these years. Fudge is fabulous (no pun intended). Not only do you NOT have to bake it, but you can pretty much satisfy your little sweet tooth with just a teeny little piece. How many desserts can you say that about? I am so guilty of not being able to stop at one brownie, one cookie or one cupcake. I always want another! But fudge...she is your friend. She is satisfying in just one little piece.

I am glad I have a taste for fudge these days because that precious grandmother of mine has so many wonderful fudge recipes. That Momou...she was onto how good fudge was the whole time. Last Saturday we had friends over to watch the LSU vs. AUBURN game and I had it in my mind to make fudge. Look at me getting crazy...making fudge and it isn't even Christmas! I really think I am going to reinvent the wheel on this and start making fudge year round!

This fudge recipe is perfect. I tasted a teeny little piece before our friends arrived and was so very pleased. For the first time ever, I had tasted fudge that wasn't deathly rich! It was perfect. And I think I know why. I believe it is because of the salt that the recipe calls for. I truly think it cuts the sweetness. And to back my point up, many of my friends said the same exact thing after tasting their first bite of this fabulous fudge! The recipe is below for you to try yourselves and see what you think. And did I mention how easy fudge is to make? Seriously, everyone needs to give the idea of fudge a second thought. It is not given enough credit anymore!

(I am writing this recipe in the exact format I found it. It is a bit odd compared to the way most recipes are written out so bear with me.)

Fabulous Fudge
1. Mix in a heavy 2-quart saucepan 2 1/4 sugar, 3/4 cup PET EVAPORATED MILK, 16 large marshmallows or 1 cup marshmallow creme, 1/4 cup butter of margarine and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

2. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat to a boil (mixture will be bubbling all over top.)Boil and stir 5 minutes more. Take off heat.

3. Stir in until completely melted 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Stir in 1 cup cut-up pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread into a buttered 8-inch square pan. Cool. Cut into 30 pieces.

I hope you try this recipe and fall in love with fudge all over again. Let it take you back to the days where a cute Christmas tin filled with fudge was as good of a Christmas present as any.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

Oh do I have the dessert for you! Now these little brownies are a hidden gem from the past I tell you. Go out and buy the ingredients now because you will want these brownies after you read this!

So hubby was out of town on business last week for a majority of the week so I decided to host a little impromptu dinner for some darling gal pals of mine. There were 4 of us total and between us, my Halloween mix (that's a whole other story)and the fabulous weather outside we had a great time and were able to solve the worlds least most of them:)

For dinner I cooked a Parmesan Chicken with Apricot Sauce,Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping and Crawfish Bread. All very yummy but the fun didn't stop there. I had to try out a Momou recipe of course. And I am apparently just like my precious grandmother...we both have more dessert recipes then we do anything else:) I get it honestly for sure! So I choose a dessert recipe from her collection and decided upon Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies. These brownies are not your typical brownies. They are not chocolate like most brownies BUT they have chocolate chips, pecans, marshmallows and butterscotch chips. That combo should not even be allowed because it could be deadly! The recipe is below for your taking.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies
Makes 12 to 18 Brownies

Part 1
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of 9 inch square baking pan. Melt above ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat cool to lukewarm.

Part 2
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Add to butterscotch mixture in saucepan; mix well.

Part 3
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Fold into butterscotch batter just until combined, about 5 strokes. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Center will be jiggly but becomes firm upon cooling.

These brownies were oohed and ahhed over at dinner and then finished off by my hubby and small group girls the next night. Go grab these ingredients and get ready for some ooey, gooey yumminess!

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