Monday, December 21, 2015

Nancy Zieman Fudge

Years ago -- I got a microwave fudge recipe from Nancy Zieman -- which used a whole stick of butter. Then I saw Rachael Ray on the Oprah show -- she used the same recipe on the can of sweetened condensed milk -- which didn't use any butter at all. So here's what I've come to...

2 bags of chocolate chips (try different flavors -- like peanut butter, milk chocolate, mint...)
1 14-oz can condensed milk
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

1. Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. (or parchment paper)
2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, condensed milk, and butter. Microwave in one-minute increments until melted, about 2-3 minutes.
3. Stir to ensure all the chocolate is melted, then add the vanilla and salt. Stir until the candy is smooth and well-mixed.Add nuts at this point (I ADD LOTS OF WALNUTS)
4. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer.
5. Place the fudge in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours. Once set, cut into 1-inch squares and serve at room temperature. Store excess fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I AM SO DELIGHTED to be thinking about microwave fudge. Really. Fudge is one of the biggest benefits of the Christmas season.

In 2006 -- my cousin Jackie and I were fudge-making-fools...and the combo of milk chocolate and peanut butter chips was my favorite.  Lilly loves Candy Canes -- so we might chop some of them up to add to a batch...

Last year, Lilly and I made fudge, wrapped it individually, and packed it in little Christmas tins for her to give as gifts. (her bus driver, teacher, neighbor, babysitter.)

Who wouldn't love getting a gift of fudge from this little girl??
This year, she is adding another goody to her gift tins....(in tomorrow's post)...

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