Friday, August 17, 2012

Mellark Peanut Butter Fudge

Day 5 of our week long Hunger Games series :) T minus 1 day until the release of the first Hunger Games DVD!

Who is going to get the DVD at midnight?! ME!!

Click here to see Day 1.
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This recipe is pretty awesome. I have never made fudge before so I was nervous, but this recipe can be made by anyone, especially when channeling the Mellark bakery :). It's probably the easiest dessert with the fewest ingredients that I have ever seen. It takes about 10 min to make and has been described as "peanutbutterlicious" by the official taste tester.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 cup Peanut Butter

Stir your milk and sugar together in a pan and place on the stove. The mixture should be a white-ish color (see picture below)

Next, set your stove temperature at the lowest temp possible that is still hot enough to boil the sugar mixture. My stove goes up to "9" and I put it on "4". This step is REALLY important because it's really easy for sugar to burn. Cooking it to fast will be detrimental to your fudge.

While your sugar mixture is in the early stages of heating (or before you start), mix your peanut butter and vanilla together in a separate bowl and set aside. It's important to have this prepared before your sugar mixture starts boiling because once that happens you won't have time to mix it up.

Stir your sugar mixture frequently while it is heating up. Once it starts boiling, it should look like this:

Let the mixture boil for 2 1/2 minutes and then remove from heat. The longer it boils, the clearer the mixture will get. Once you remove the sugar mixture from the heat, immediately add the peanut butter and vanilla mixture and stir until fully integrated. Next place you fudge into the pan you want to keep it in. The fudge will set pretty quickly so do this as fast as possible. The key to this recipe is TIMING!

Let the fudge cool before cutting it up or it will break into pieces. Here is what the finished product looks like:

Now that's something Peeta would be proud of. I'd say he would even burn a little so he could give it to Katniss :)

Happy cooking & may the odds be ever in your favor!


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