Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Walnut Fudge for National Nutty Fudge Day

Today is National Nutty Fudge Day, and I always think fudge tastes better with nuts. Last year I posted a recipe for Vanilla Macadamia Nut Fudge. I also posted Nigella's Chocolate Pistachio Fudge recipe on National Pistachio Day in January 2010. That's one of my favorites! Lots of other links to lots of other Nutty Fudge recipes over the years. So today I'm posting a simple recipe for Walnut Fudge. This recipe on the California Walnuts site is from Patty Mastracco. No candy thermometer necessary and 10 minutes to make! What could be easier?

1/2 cup butter
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 lb. dark or bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
2 (1-oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup marshmallow creme
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped California walnuts, toasted

Line a 9-inch square baking dish with foil. Melt butter and sweetened condensed milk together in a large heavy saucepan over low heat.
Stir in chocolate and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes or until chocolate has melted.
Stir in marshmallow creme and vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until mixture is glossy; stir in walnuts.
Spread in prepared pan and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until fudge has set.
Optional: Garnish with a walnut piece on top!

Photo: California Walnuts


Bobbi Mumm said...

My daughter and her friend have purchased the ingredients and, tomorrow, are making their first foray into the world of fudge making. I thought one without a candy thermometer/hard ball (soft ball) in water testing would be a good bet.

I also told them to go the inexpensive route and just melt marshmallows. Will that be the same as the creme? Thanks for this, Janet!

Janet Rudolph said...

Not quite the same. In Canada & the US Marshmallow Fluff is a popular brand, but Jet-Puffed and Kraft make one. Here's a recipe for home-made marshmallow fluff

Here's a round-up of fudge recipes I've posted..most don't need the candy thermometer

Bobbi Mumm said...

These recipes all sound wonderful! I'll let the kids decide which way they want to go. I'd never even heard of marshmallow creme until a year or so ago. This will be a fun project for the girls. When I was a kid our fudge making was always the old cream, chocolate, sugar combination that required advanced chemistry skills to decide if the candy was at the right stage. We didn't have a candy thermometer and had to use the cold water test. Not easy for a young girl. Thank you for this!

Bobbi Mumm said...

This fudge was delicious. I found the marshmallow creme and the girls made it this afternoon. Rave reviews all around!

Janet Rudolph said...

Photos.. with the girls?