• Dorothy’s Butter Pecan Fudge

    by Dorothy Reinhold on December 10, 2013


    Print This Post Print This Post BUTTER PECAN FUDGE: Spectacularly easy Butter Pecan Fudge, buttery and sweet, with toasty pecan flavor and irresistible charm. No candy thermometer needed! #shockinglydelicious #butterpecan #fudge

    This Butter Pecan Fudge – all total six ingredients and no candy thermometer needed – is ridiculously yummy, to quote a fellow food blogger. I brought it to a cookie exchange held by Food Bloggers Los Angeles, the best lookin’, best cookin’ collection of bloggers around, and it was a big hit!  :-P

    As I like to say, it is “scary good,” which means you might need a 12-step program to wean yourself from it. Warning: don’t try to hide it from yourself in the freezer, either, because it is just as good frozen!

    BUTTER PECAN FUDGE: Spectacularly easy Butter Pecan Fudge, buttery and sweet, with toasty pecan flavor and irresistible charm. No candy thermometer needed! #shockinglydelicious #butterpecan #fudge Luckily, the December holiday season is a fine time to make it, because everyone loves a cookie and/or candy platter gift this time of year.

    I got all my neighbors hooked on it, too.

    So let that be a warning. Line up your little give-away plates or containers for the neighbors once you start cutting into this. You know the saying, “Good fences make good neighbors?” Really, it should be, “Good fudge makes good neighbors.”

    2017 update: This won 2nd prize in a food bloggers’ dessert contest held at Melissa’s Produce in Dec. 2017.

    Dorothy and Katie Reinhold 2nd place at Melissa's Produce holiday dessert contest

    That’s me (in festive red shirt) and my daughter (in festive green shirt) in the winners’ lineup, above.

    Dorothy Reinhold's Butter Pecan Fudge won 2nd placeIt was a delicious day, for sure!

    Recipe: Dorothy’s Butter Pecan Fudge

    Summary: Spectacularly easy Butter Pecan Fudge, buttery and sweet, with toasty pecan flavor and irresistible charm.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (I used Kerrygold brand)
    • 1/2 cup organic heavy cream (or regular cream)
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar (I like to use dark brown sugar; if you use light brown sugar, consider adding 1 teaspoon molasses as well)
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted (this adds toasty flavor)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I have used Penzey’s Double-Strength Vanilla Extract, or Heilala vanilla extract, both excellent!)
    • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)

    Instructions

    1. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, or better yet, grease it using the inside of the butter wrapper.
    2. In a large saucepan, bring the butter, cream, sugar and salt to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. When it comes to a rolling boil (the bubbles cannot be stirred away), boil for exactly 5 minutes, stirring frequently, and then remove the pan from the heat.
    3. Stir in pecans, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar and stir until smooth and well combined. This may take a minute, and will give your arm a workout!Dorothy's Butter Pecan Fudge | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com
    4. Spread the mixture into prepared baking dish (a small offset spatula is helpful in this task to smooth the top). Cool to room temperature and then cut into little squares (5 or 6 or 7 rows vertically and 5 or 6 or 7 rows horizontally). Mixture will be somewhat crumbly, so cut using a very sharp knife or the edge of a sharp metal spatula, and avoid using “sawing” motions.
    5. Serve on a pretty platter, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Can be frozen airtight with waxed paper between layers.
    6. Makes 25-49 pieces. This is rich stuff, so you can be confident cutting small pieces.

    Food Bloggers L.A. Cookie Exchange

    Here is a whole collection of recipes from our cookie exchange. These ladies can bake!

    Preparation time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 10 minutes
    Diet type: Vegetarian
    Number of servings (yield): 25-49 pieces
    Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
    My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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    BUTTER PECAN FUDGE: Spectacularly easy Butter Pecan Fudge, buttery and sweet, with toasty pecan flavor and irresistible charm. No candy thermometer needed! #shockinglydelicious #butterpecan #fudge And if you like fudge, be sure to try my PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE, below, which also needs no candy thermometer! Readers are also raving about this one.

    Peanut Butter Fudge on wooden tray

    Peanut Butter Fudge by Shockingly Delicious (that’s moi!)

    Peanut Butter Fudge. So, so good. It’s so easy, you will hate me for telling you the recipe.

    Have fun in the kitchen, everyone!



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