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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Today we needed a little treat to sweeten our school day.  The kids were wowed by this two-layer fudge.  I don't know if they'd ever had fudge before.  They certainly didn't know what it was.  The chocolatey smeared faces soon proved their approval.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
1/2 cup butter
3 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips (60% cacao)
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. milk

1 1/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. milk

1.  Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil (anyone still call this tinfoil - we still do).

2.  Melt chocolate and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring every minute or two, until melted.

3.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla to a large bowl or stand mixer.  Add chocolate mixture.  Add milk.  Beat until well blended.  (Depending on the humidity, you may need to add more or less milk.  Watch the texture as you mix.)

4.  Dump fudge into lined pan.  Push fudge down into a flat, even layer.

5.  Add powdered sugar and peanut butter to mixing bowl or stand mixer.  Add vanilla and milk.  Beat well.  (Depending on the humidity, you may need to add more or less milk.  Watch the texture as you mix.)

6.  Dump peanut butter fudge into lined pan on top of the chocolate layer.  Push fudge down into a flat, even layer.

7.  Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

8.  Cut and serve.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

A few weeks ago some friends invited us over for dessert.
They served a "tunnel of fudge" cake.
Apparently this is a classic recipe, but it was new to us.
We decided to try it today.
After researching lots of recipes online, we selected one and started baking.
We tried this recipe here.

Not sure if this is my favorite recipe or not.
Our friend's cake was fudgey in the middle.
Our was more molten - think lava cake.
It was good, but is it the best recipe?
I'm not sure.
I loved the deep chocolate on chocolate taste,
but I might prefer a more fudgey texture.

I do love the impressive look of the cake.
Anything in a bundt pan is visually appealing.
Do you have a favorite recipe for Tunnel of Fudge Cake recipe?

Let me know.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Do you ever skip lunch?  My children love "skipping" lunch.  I tell the children we are NOT having lunch, just snacks.  (Thanks to my mom for the fantastic idea.)  Today I pulled out lots of "fun" kid bowls and filled the table with bowls of red grapes, green grapes, blue grapes (what Erik calls black grapes), cherries, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, cheese, and some veggie straws.  Instant unlunch.  Try it sometime.  Your kids will thank you!

By the way, thanks to Disney for inspiring a new love of cherries in my boys.  We went to the store and saw cherries in a bag with a large picture of Lightening McQueen.  Now Sean prefers McQueen cherries to almost any other food.  Excellent!!