Peanut Butter Fudge
Monday, 31 December 2012
As promised, I come bearing an indulgence.
This year, I made a batch of this wonderful, peanutty fudge and wrapped little stacks of it in cellophane, adorned them with ribbons and handwritten labels and handed them out as Christmas gifts. They all went down with delight and I think they will be a stock present for Christmas and birthdays to come! They are also brilliantly cost effective (students, I am talking to you), so if you're a little tight on cash after Christmas and some of your friends (selfishly) have birthdays in January, these are perfect for showing someone you care.
Alternatively, you can just make a batch just for yourself. There is nothing wrong with celebrating making it through a monday. Nothing at all.
These are some of the easiest, most tempting and devilishly naughty little indulgences I've ever made and are definitely to be made before your New Year resolutions, if you feel a tray to yourself is a necessity. So hurry up and grab the peanut butter!
For Peanut Butter Fudge you will need:
500g dark brown sugar
250g crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g icing sugar
To begin with, melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
Once melted, add in the milk.
Then stir the brown sugar through, bring to the boil and leave for 2-3 minutes. Don't be tempted to pick up that spoon and stir!
Unstirred, boiling, smelling phenomenal!
Remove from the heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Stir well until smooth.
In a separate bowl, weigh out your icing sugar and then pour in your hot, lava-ish mixture.
Stir. Stir well. You may have to get the guns out until the mixture is stiff and smooth.
Like this! Looking remarkably fudge-like. Always a good sign at this stage.
Pile into a pre-lined baking tin and flatten down or make some kind of pattern. I found I didn't have the patience to flatten it completely so opted for an artistic, uneven effect...
Cool slightly and then chill completely in the fridge. I left my batch for about 3-4 hours.
When you're ready, cut into squares with a sharp knife. Sample at least 3 chunks. If you manage 5, I salute you.
Pile decoratively and gift with love.
Or just reward yourself with a load. From me: to me, thanks for being you.
I think I could get away with that...?