♫ my true love made for me... ♫
As Mary Jane told you in her post yesterday, we're celebrating Christmas at the Cafe with Twelve Days of Christmas Treats and Giveaways!!! Merry Christmas to us all!
In case you miss Mary Jane's post, be sure to check it out HERE.
Today I'm sharing an idea that I shamelessly stole from Ruthy. Every year, she does a "Make-and-Bake-a-Memory" day with her grandchildren. (And in case you missed this year's beautiful post, check it out HERE.)
I love her idea of making memories with those sweet grandchildren. Isn't that just the best idea?
One problem: I don't know if you noticed, but we're in wedding mode in our family (our daughter's and son-in-law's wedding was June 2016 and our oldest son and his fiancee have a February 2017 wedding planned), not grandchildren mode.
But I decided to steal Ruthy's idea anyway, because it's never too early to start, is it?
I invited the girls in our family (my daughter, my soon-to-be daughter-in-law, and the middle son's girlfriend) to the first annual "Drexler Family Bake a Memory Day." We had a blast!
We made cookies, fudge, Christmas candy....
Half-way through the day, we were glad we had kept the number of projects small. It's a LOT of work to bake all those cookies!
But by the time the day was over, we had filled all of our containers with Christmas treats.
The recipe I'm going to share with you is one that I make every year, my Grandma's Peanut Butter Fudge.
Okay, okay. I have a confession to make. This isn't Grandma's Fudge. Her recipe is from the Great Depression era, and lacks.... um.... richness.
I learned a lot from Grandma.
1) She could get more pies out of a batch of piecrust than was strictly legal, rolling the dough so thin it was nearly transparent.
2) She knew how to stretch leftovers to get three meals where anyone else would get two.
3) She knew how to lay out pattern pieces to use every inch of fabric when she made a dress.
|Grandma (standing in the center) with her sisters and mother, 1964.|
But when it comes to fudge...sorry, Grandma, but I had to fool with your recipe.
Even though I have changed this recipe enough to be unrecognizable, I still call it Grandma's. :)
Grandma's Peanut Butter Fudge
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 5-oz can evaporated milk
1 7-oz jar marshmallow cream
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy - your choice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lightly grease a 9" x 9" baking dish and set aside. Instead, you can line it with aluminum foil, like Mindy showed us in her fudge post last week. You can see how she did it HERE.
Heat sugar, butter, milk and marshmallow cream in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until the mixture comes to a full boil, stirring constantly.
And yes, you read that right. In this recipe, the marshmallow cream goes in the first step, not the last.
Once the mixture comes to a full boil, continue cooking and stirring for five minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat.
Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth and creamy.
Pour the fudge into the prepared dish. Cool, then cut into squares.
|Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Fudge...yum!|
And now it's time for the GIVEAWAY!!!
As I hope you know, I write Amish stories.
(By the way, my two 2016 releases would make a great Christmas present for someone on your list!)
In my research, I've found my own list of authors and resources I like. One of my favorites is Sherry Gore.
Today's Christmas Giveaway is a copy of Sherry's Cookbook, "Simply Delicious," and a copy of her memoir, "The Plain Choice."
Just leave a comment to be in the drawing!
And in the comments, let's discuss this question: What are your earliest fudge-making memories?