April 9, 2016

Buckeye Fudge

Picture courtesy of Barefeet In The Kitchen

As I prepare to make the end-of-year treats I'm baking for my teachers (sort of a thanks for putting up with me for 2+ years) I am going to try two new recipes including this yummy peanut butter and chocolate fudge. Original recipe here.

For the peanut butter layer:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter (unsalted)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For the chocolate layer:
2 tablespoons butter
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (dark, semi-sweet, or milk)

This fudge is so simple and easy to make--and it makes a lot of it!
Combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir together until it looks like a peanut butter soup. Wait for all the butter to actually melt and mix in--you don't want lumps.

Take the saucepan off the heat and add the powdered sugar--about 1 cup or less at at time. Stir until completely combined. You'll want powdered sugar that isn't crystallized or hard--that'll make unsightly lumps in your finished fudge.

Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bottom of an 8x8" or 9x9" pan and spread evenly. Then I simply washed the pot out and used it for the bottom of my double-boiler for the chocolate layer.
In a glass bowl over a simmering pot of water combine the condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter. This will all come together nicely--again wait for the lumps of butter to dissipate.

Pour the chocolate layer over the peanut butter and smooth out evenly. Put in the fridge to cool. 
Photo courtesy of Barefeet In The Kitchen

And voila! You have fudge! Let the fudge cool in the fridge for a few hours before cutting into it--and I recommend overnight for the perfect set. When you go to cut the fudge, take it out of the fridge and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to get it to the perfect temperature. It will hold in an airtight tupperware container for about a week (if it lasts that long it'll be a miracle!)

If you try this recipe let me know how it goes for you! Also if you have any recommendations for recipes to try, let me know!


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