CHEW THIS! Nana’s Fudge

Nana’s Fudge 

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The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, February 3rd 2019 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

Jackie Coffman’s Famous Fudge, In Memory
Blaise Doubman

My family and I really got acquainted with Jackie Coffman during her stay at Glen Oaks Health Campus. However, her connection with my family goes back many years beforehand. Jackie and her husband, Howard, used to be best friends with my Grandma Deloris’ brother, Donald Davis, and his wife, Susie. They would travel the country and go on several vacations together every year. I remember hearing stories about how the four of them would have a general direction of which way they wanted to travel, how far and a budget and just take off. How fun does that sound? Talk about an adventure! My Grandma Deloris said that Donald would talk frequently about their travels and how much fun everyone had together. Growing up, I always thought those trips sounded so interesting. Who would know that years later Jackie would become almost a part of our extended family? It was a blessing to my family and I when Jackie entered our lives at Glen Oaks and made Grandma Deloris’ transition there that much smoother.

Jackie was always dressed in the most vibrant colors and always dressed up, a hair never out of place. I loved hearing her laugh, seeing her smile and walking around at Glen Oaks always being the first person to volunteer to help someone out. My family and I share so many good memories of Jackie, especially during our frequent BINGO games. I don’t know what it was about Jackie and BINGO, but she would win several times every game! Luck was on her side for sure. She would say I was her good luck charm, because I would sit with her and help her keep up with the numbers, but I can tell you, she brought to the room her own luck and charm. Her charm radiated every time you would talk to her. Throughout Jackie’s time at Glen Oaks we also got to know her daughters. Debbie, Brenda and Lori. All three of them just as equally loving, charming and friendly as their Mom. Jackie and her family have been such a bright spot in the lives of me and my families and we are so thankful for that. Jackie recently passed away and at her memorial was a recipe for “Nana’s Fudge”. It was a recipe she was known for and I just had to include it here to share with everyone. I know Jackie is up in Heaven, having adventures with my Uncle Donald, Aunt Susie and her husband, Howard, just like they did here on Earth. Thank you to Debbie, Brenda and especially Lori for your love and friendship. We love you all.

Nana’s Fudge

This recipe was displayed at the memorial service for Jackie Coffman. I copied it exactly the way it was presented. I wanted to respect and share her original recipe. For newer fudge makers I will help you out with a little more instruction. 3 cups white granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 ½ cups milk should be combined in a large pot over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Once at a boil, keep stirring. After about 5 minutes, check for the “softball stage”. Stir and cook another minute after. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, beat in 3 tablespoons butter, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and a heaping cup of smooth peanut butter. Pour into greased pan of choice. Smaller dish for thicker fudge, larger dish for thinner fudge. Let set and cut.

3 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup cocoa
1 ½ cups milk

Stir over medium heat with large spoon. Allow to boil, stir more.

Water / paper plate test.

Let cool before adding spoonful of butter, capful of vanilla, large scoop and 1 cup of peanut butter.

Stir, pour into greased pan. Enjoy!

Ask and Answer: Lots of people have been asking for air fryer recipes and I have the perfect recipe for air fryer donuts! Take a can of large flaky biscuits and using a milk cap, push holes into each of the biscuits. Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Place 3-4 donuts into the basket at a time and bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the basket, flip the donuts and bake another 2-3 minutes. Remove and dip in melted butter, followed by either a sugar, brown sugar cinnamon mixture or powdered sugar. Serve warm. These are fabulous!

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

A CREAMY version of my favorite peanut butter fudge. This is beyond amazing!

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter

Line a 8×8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl place the confectioner’s sugar, milk and butter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and beat well. Microwave on high an additional 30 seconds.

Beat in smooth peanut butter.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top. Allow to sit for about 2 hours before cutting and enjoying.

Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever

Simply the easiest peanut butter fudge ever! Only two ingredients. Try this!

Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever

1 pound white almond bark
1 cup smooth peanut butter

Start by greasing an 8-inch square baking pan.

In a large microwave safe bowl melt the white almond bark. Stir until smooth and creamy. Be watchful that it does not burn.

Remove and stir in smooth peanut butter.

Pour into prepared baking pan.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Remove, cut and serve.

Vanilla Fudge

Looking for something different than the typical chocolate or peanut butter fudge? Why not try vanilla fudge! It’s scrumptious!

Vanilla Fudge

4 cups white granulated sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, soft
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a large pot over medium high heat combine white granulated sugar, soft unsalted butter, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, light corn syrup and sea salt. Stir everything constantly while the mixture comes to a boil. Once at a boil, stir constantly, for 12 minutes – or until the mixture has reached softball stage.

Remove from heat and stir in pure vanilla extract. Hand beat for a few minutes.

Pour mixture into bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment – or use electric hand beater and new bowl. Beat on medium high speed for 7 minutes.

Remove and pour into greased 9×13-inch pan. Smooth out the top. Place into the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove and cut.

CHEW THIS! Fluffernutter Fudge

Fluffernutter Fudge

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The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, September 16th 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

Fluffernutter Fudge
Blaise Doubman

Well, as of writing this column, I have still yet to figure out my Facebook problems. I thought I had them figured out, but I was wrong. Once things get ironed out and I have a link to share with all of you, I will share it. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest all under the user name “blaisethebaker”. Moving on to talk about an edible update that I do have and can share; a new fudge recipe! I love fudge but hate messing with candy thermometers, boiling sugar and the complete mess and danger of it all. This recipe requires no extra candy equipment and can be made in less than 4 minutes! Seriously? Yes!

The Fluffernutter sandwich is popular across the US and I happen to love them! I highly recommend you try them fried, fabulous! Add a little sliced banana and you have a sandwich that Elvis himself would generously approve! I love making fudge and love the combination of peanut butter and marshmallow, so I decided to take a crack at the recipe I am sharing here today. The marshmallows really need to maintain their shape in this recipe and they will, so do not worry about cooling the microwaved mixture too much. The presentation of this fudge is fun too and people will go crazy for the taste! With only a handful of ingredients that you already have in your pantry, why not whip up some of this delicious fudge and have a Fluffernutter moment with me?

Fluffernutter Fudge

This fudge is best eaten the day it is made, which should not be hard to do!

1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted
1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter chips
1 bag (10 oz) miniature marshmallows
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Start by lining a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large microwave safe bowl add the melted butter together with the peanut butter chips and microwave on high 90 seconds until the peanut butter chips are melted. Stir together until both ingredients are smooth and combined.

Add in the pure vanilla extract and pinch of salt, stirring to combine.

Add in the marshmallows and stir gently until the marshmallows are all coated.

Pour into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Place into the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours. Remove and lift the fudge out of the pan using the help of the aluminum foil.

Cut into small squares and serve. Leftovers should be kept chilled in the refrigerator.

Ask and Answer: I received a few emails about my last column for my “Comforting Banana Bread” so I thought I would answer those questions here. Yes, you can freeze the loaf. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil and place in freezer for up to 6 months. To thaw, simply remove from freezer and remove aluminum foil. Allow to come to room temperature by placing into the refrigerator or leaving on the counter in a cool place. You can also add walnuts, pecans, or even cashews to the mix. I would slightly toast the nuts first to “wake up” their flavors. This bread is also delicious served with strawberry jam for a unique flavor combination. Also feel free to take the thick slices and make a banana bread style french toast. Delicious!

Deep Chocolate Fudge

Originally published on “Blaise the Baker” May 5th, 2015

I call this my “deep chocolate fudge” not because it uses dark chocolate (in fact it uses semi-sweet chocolate), but because the flavor is so “deep” and rich. It may sound like a typical “never fail fudge” recipe, but it is really so much more than that. It is quick, easy, versatile and oh so delicious.

I have made this in a variety of ways (my favorite just the “traditional approach”) and it is amazing any way you choose. Make it the tradition way (recipe follows) or add 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon for a spicy Mexican flavored approach, or sprinkle on a dusting of French sea salt at the end for a more unique French style. Stir in toasted walnuts, pecans or almonds, or even swirl in a homemade caramel – heavenly!

This recipe is based off of my Grandma Barbra’s “secret” chocolate fudge recipe. Only her and I know where the recipe originally developed… It is a fun (and delicious) memory from my childhood.

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Deep Chocolate Fudge

2 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1 jar of “Marshmallow Fluff” (regular size)
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 package (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by buttering either an 8×8-inch pan or a 9×9-inch pan – round or square will work fine.

Combine the white granulated sugar, unsalted butter, evaporated milk, “Marshmallow Fluff” and fine sea salt in a heavy bottomed medium sized pot over medium heat and stir together until melted and mixed.

Bring melted mixture to a boil, and stir continuously for 5 minutes.

Immediately remove from heat, and add pure vanilla extract and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Beat well until combined. (This is also the step where you would add desired mix-ins – cinnamon, white chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)

Pour mixture into prepared buttered pan and smooth top.

Allow to cool before cutting.

Enjoy!

Quick Peanut Butter Fudge

Originally published on “Blaise the Baker” March 2nd, 2014

This is a quick way of stirring up a classic favorite!

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Favorite Peanut Butter Fudge

1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 bags of “Reese” brand peanut butter chips

Combine both in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about 2 minutes. (This will really depend on the strength of your microwave.) Stir until smooth. Immediately pour into a buttered 9×9 pan.

Let set for about an hour before cutting.

Store in a plastic sealed bag or tightly wrapped with plastic wrap.

Enjoy!

UPDATE: Add about 2 tablespoons of butter to the chip and sweetened condensed milk mixture for even BETTER tasting fudge! Gives it a better flavor, and adds to the creaminess…