Thursday, April 7, 2011
One of my favorite movies to this date is the cult classic "A Christmas Story" with little Ralphie who wants his Red Ryder BB gun. He slips up and uses foul language one night in front of his father. In the film, they say "Oh Fudge," but you know that he really meant the other bad word!
That kind of describes the week that I've had - an "Oh....Fudge!" kind of week. I was very sick and have had a poor attitude for the past several days. Therefore, in order to improve my potty mouth and my mood, I'm sharing with you a recent success that I've made - Fudge!
I know what you're thinking.... "But Mandy, fudge is soooo easy!" Yeah, you'd think so, I realize that. But I have had a half-dozen failures when it comes to fudge. I really have. I've been trying to make it off and on for ten years now, making it as good as Maw Maw used to make. Finally I came close with this very simple, very quick recipe. So of course I had to share it with you! Also, I wanted to end the week on a sweet note after all the vomitting and other issues going on around here. I'm sure you won't mind!
Mandy's "Oh Fudge" With a Hint of Nut Recipe:
(Makes 16 - 20 pieces)
1 bag (10 to 12 oz size) of chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp of creamy peanut butter (optional)
1 tsp of almond extract (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place your bag of chocolate chips and the entire can of sweetened condensed milk into a medium size, microwaveable safe bowl. Heat on high until the chips are melted, about 1 to 1.5 minutes. Stir until all is blended. Add in the tsp of vanilla extract.
If you decide you want to have that hint of nut flavor, then add in the peanut butter and almond extract. Stir until incorporated.
Pour contents into a lightly greased 8x8 inch square pan. Place in the fridge immediately. Let it chill for at least four hours before slicing and serving. I cut mine into 16 squares (or hunka hunka burning love chocolates, I like to call them!)
Fudge should be kept in the refrigerator until ready to eat. In my house, we ate it right away. My daughter wasn't going to waste any time when she heard me use the word "chocolate." :-)
This stuff freezes very well too! In fact, I ate two pieces straight from the freezer recently! I pretended that an Oompa Loompa handed it to me. Then we danced around the kitchen with our silly songs! :-)
Regular posting and recipes will return next week, I promise you! I'll be back on Sunday to share my meal plan as well. I didn't stick to this week's plan at all with my stomach virus; hopefully next week I will be on track again!
Thanks for all your well wishes and sweet comments while I was ill! I'll be by to visit your delectable blogs soon now that I can actually look at food again! :)