(The title comes from QI. This recipe does not from QI. Nor does it contain wasps, though might cause anaphylaxis in some.)
So, the McLeod family is semi-famous for this fudge recipe which my mother would make for her best friend (whom we’re seeing tonight – we have a bit of a complicated relationship these days, so I am hoping she will accept fudge as a peace offering) and, well, pretty much everyone we knew/ow who doesn’t have a peanut allergy.
I offered this as a Holidailies treat a few years ago, so this is a bit of a cop-out, but I want to share the love with as many people as possible in tribute to my mum.
Suzan McLeod’s Ribbon Fudge
- 3 cups of white sugar
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine
- 2/3 evaporated milk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1/8 cup whipping cream)
- 6 oz chocolate chips
- 7 oz marshmallow fluff (a jar is 7.5oz, but some of the goo just won’t come off the sides)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- Lightly grease a 9×13 pan with butter or margarine.
- Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 6T of butter (margarine), 1/3 cup of milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to a full boil stirring constantly.
- Continue boiling for 4 minutes. Keep stirring or it will scorch. This is not good.
- Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate until it’s melted, then add half of the marshmallow fluff and the vanilla Stir until well-blended.
- Pour and spread into the pan as evenly as possible.
- Repeat steps 2 through 4, but with peanut butter instead of chocolate chips, and without adding vanilla. (I don’t bother to clean the saucepan in between times)
- Spread peanut butter mixture over chocolate layer.
- Cool at room temperature.
- While the fudge is cooling, scrape the saucepan clean with a rubber spatula, applying the fudge detritus to face in unladylike fashion. (Seriously, this is my favourite bowl/pot-scraping recipe of all.)
I actually failed, twice, at making this year, but my brother is a fucking guru at making this despite not being a master in the kitchen generally. I think making this in a hurry while watching Fry & Laurie might be to blame for my disastrous attempt this time. (Last time, I forgot halfway through that I wasn’t making a double batch. Doh.)
I’m off to ice some chocolate gingerbread, then heading to the country for an annual holiday party with the aforementioned Mum’s Best Friend’s Family. I got to shop for toys yesterday for the first time since last year, which was fun. Maybe I’ll write about that tomorrow.