Saturday, August 29, 2009

Best Ever Peanut Butter Fudge

Last weeke we went to our County Fair as part of my birthday celebration. I love the fair, I might as well be party carnie. I have to admit that my favorite part is the fair food. Candy apples, fried dough, curly fries... the list goes on. I think "Fair Season" might be one of my favorites.
There is always a candy booth set up with taffy, fudge, etc. and when I walked by I noticed how expensive it was! I don't know if anyone has tried to buy fudge at a candy shop lately, but it's very very expensive. I've seen it at $15lb for pity's sake! Which is why for the Make it From Scratch Carnival I'm submitting this recipe for homemade peanut butter fudge. It's better than any store bought fudge you could ever find, and much more affordable.
It's easy too, so for those of you who are nervous about candy making, just follow the directions and you'll be fine. I use a candy thermometer just because I like things black/white.. I don't like to have to drop little balls in water to test them. But you could do that if you like.
Peanut Butter Fudge
1 tspn cornstarch
1 Tbsp water
1/2 bag of brown sugar (the 2lb size)
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbls vanilla extract
8 oz smooth peanut butter. (I eyeball it and just use roughly half of my 18oz jar)
Butter an 8x8" pan. Mix cornstarch and water and set aside. Dissolve sugars with milk and butter in a heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer in it. Heat until thermometer reaches the softball stage or 234 degrees. Stir in cornstarch mixture and remove from heat. It will appear lumpy. Blend in vanilla and peanut butter, stirring carefully until it melts and is evenly combined. Pour into the buttered pan and let cool.
That's it! After it's cool you can cut it into bite size squares and package them up prettily. Then you can give someone the gift of sugar shock because the recipe makes 2 pounds so there's enough to share. Or you can just keep it all at your house and eat it all. I'm not judging you.

1 comment:

SimplyForties said...

This is definitely going in my Christmas gift baskets this year!