It is time for Lucya from Lucya Bakes and my monthly Food Exchange. This time we are a little bit early but we really wanted to post before Easter to give you a little inspiration with regards to some homemade or home baked gifts.
If this is the first time that you hear about the Food Exchange, here you can read all about it.
This April’s Food Exchange is another example why I love this project of Lucy and myself! I get to make things that often I – for whatever reason – have never made before. For April Lucy asked me to make Fudge – a very English kind of sugar candy.
When Lucy suggested to make Fudge to me I immediately thought of a recipe in a book I bought years ago but never really used for baking.
I went, got the ingredients and got started…also really excited to finally use my sugar thermometer (that I also bought years ago but never used). Well, when all the ingredients where in the pan, I got out my thermometer and realised…it didn’t work anymore. As I had mixed everything already I had to go ahead with the recipe, although I knew it was bound to go wrong without knowing the right temperature. 30 minutes later it was obvious: this was not Fudge – it could better be described as some tasty, sweet, sticky mixture that would never set.
So what’s the moral of the story? Always check your tools and your ingredients – just like my stepdad taught me ages ago! 😉
Anyway, it was nearly weekend and I wasn’t going to have it ruined by not having Fudge in the house! My plan B was a blog that Lucy had recommended to me: Jane’s Patisserie. To my delight there was even a recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge. And it looked so much easier than the one from my old recipe book. I could do this!
I went out again, got some more ingredients and changed the recipe a bit: I used crunchy peanut butter and I didn’t use the peanut butter cups. Instead of using Reese’s Pieces I used micro chocolate easter eggs.
And what can I say? This recipe is amazing! The Fudge turned out to be absolutely delightful!
I can highly recommend this recipe and I will definitely make it again. And don’t look these pieces of Fudge cute with the little Easter eggs on top? I think that makes a very nice little gift for Easter!
Thanks Lucy, for the challenge! I can’t wait to see how yours turned out!
I hope you will all have a great Easter weekend – eat loads of sweets! 🙂