Saturday, 24 December 2011

Last Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

Fudge can of course be eaten all year around but there is something especially Christmas-y about soft melt in your mouth golden fudge. It also makes a great edible gift which have become so fashionable recently. Everyone from Nigella Lawson to Donal Skehan are embracing the kitsch and stocking up on jars and ribbons. Edible gifts are of course, recession friendly but I think even with cost-savings aside they make a lovely personal gift. Sometimes its too easy to go into a shop, pick up the first thing you see and give it as a Christmas gift. In fact with the internet now you don't even have to leave your couch to get someone a gift. When you make your gift the receiver knows that you've put time and energy into it. And for people who don't bake, the gift could be the best thing they've tasted all year!

This fudge takes ten minutes to prepare and a half hour to cool. Perfect for the rush of Christmas eve!

From The Delicious Miss Dahl 
125g butter
500g dark brown sugar
120ml milk
250g peanut butter
1 vanilla pod, seeds only
300g icing sugar

1. Melt the butter over a low heat. Add the brown sugar and milk, stir once through, then bubble for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat, stir in the peanut butter and vanilla seeds. She recommends crunchy peanut butter but I don't think I would like the shards of peanut so I used smooth.
3. Place the icing sugar in a bowl and beat in the melted butter mix until smooth.
4. Pour into a 20cm square baking tin. Allow to cool in the fridge until hard. Cut into squares and store in an airtight tin. Will keep for at least a week.

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