I had good intentions this year: visions of myself in a perfectly pressed apron, dancing around the kitchen to Christmas tunes, effortlessly popping tray after tray of cookies into my spotless oven. But alas, time has crept up on me and so have the Christmas plans that may or may not have slipped my mind.
So, I checked my big baking plans at the door and looked over my favourite recipes to narrow it down to ones that I a.) love the most and b.) are super easy to whip up.
Just as well really – I don’t even own an apron.
With that in mind, I bring you this amazingly simple fudge recipe. This is mouth-watering, eyes closing with yumminess kind of stuff. It’s sinfully sweet, seems like more work than it was, and freezes well. Win-win-win.
(Recipe taken and modified from Perfect Maple Walnut Fudge. I’ve also doubled it from the original but kept it in one pan to make it nice and thick).
4 cups packed brown sugar
1 can evaporated milk (10 oz) – not condensed!
2 cups pound butter (1 lb)
2 cups icing (confectioners’) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.) Butter a 9×13-inch pan and line with foil to make cutting and removing easier, and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat very slightly and boil 10 minutes while stirring constantly. No longer!
2.) Remove from heat and add icing sugar and vanilla. Mix thoroughly with hand mixer on medium until thick and glossy – just a couple of minutes.
3.) Pour in prepared pan, and refrigerate until set.
Don’t blame me if you find yourself using a spatula to scrape out the leftover goo from the pot before it’s even cooled. Or dipping a finger into the pan while the fudge is setting. Or a spoon for that matter. Not that I would ever do that. I certainly wouldn’t judge anyone else for doing that, either.
I’ll be delivering some to my 92 year old grandpa who has a very sweet tooth. But not today – it’s a bit of a winter wonderland out there. It’s a beautiful, snowy day, with cottony flakes tumbling down all day, building up on our steps and cars, landing softly on outstretched tongues and mittened hands.
It’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas!
This post is the seventh in my countdown to Christmas. Read along every day between now and the 25th to get in the festive spirit!