Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

               Tis the season!!! Fudge season that is, and I'm not sure why it's the only time of the year that I make it? Doesn't seem right, does it!  I no longer just make the plain ole chocolate fudge, I like to get festive with my fudge! Now, you either like eggnog or you don't. I used to be able to drink it straight but it's too rich for me now, but I love it in sweets: cake, pie, pancakes, bread and yes fudge!! This recipe is also published in the Christmas in the Country Gooseberry Cookbook so look me up!

Eggnog Fudge

3 c. sugar
1 c. eggnog
1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
1/2 t. cinnamon, nutmeg
2 Tbsp. butter
6 oz. white chocolate chips
1 c. slivered almonds
Combine sugar and eggnog in a large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over med. heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 min. Fold in marshmallows, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring back to a rolling boil, cook for 6 min., stirring. Remove from heat and stir in butter, chocolate chips and almonds. Stir until well mixed. Pour into a greased aluminum foil lined 9x9 baking pan. Cool completely at room temperature. Turn out of pan, peel off foil and cut into squares. Makes about 5 dozen.

       You can dress it up for the holidays by adding crushed peppermint candy as a topping!  This is a rich fudge so a little goes a long way, but hey, it's Christmas! With that sentiment in mind, it's a double feature today, I'm also posting my eggnog pie recipe. Eggnog is pricey this season so I like to get all I can from one carton. And if your lucky enough to have chickens who are still laying ( give them warm water if you want them to lay) use fresh eggs to make your own eggnog, it can't be beat!

Eggnog Pie

1 qt. eggnog
2 pkg. instant vanilla pudding ( 1 5.1 oz and 1 3.4 oz box)
2 Tbsp. bourbon or rum extract ( I use the extract)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 graham cracker crusts
In a large bowl combine all ingredients expect pie crusts and mix well with mixer till combined and starting to thicken. Pour into crusts and chill or freeze. Sprinkle extra nutmeg on top. Makes 2 pies.

      So, this should keep you busy till next week! I'll be posting my holiday house tour soon and if you have photos of your Christmas decorating on your blog, leave me a link, would love to take the tour! Till then, let's get busy making some fudge, tis the season! Enjoy!!


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