Peanut Butter Fudge with Chocolate

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Fudge. Well what can I say ? You either love it or your wrong.

I don’t make it often because I  usually get it on the boardwalk, or in Candy Shops, visiting quaint little towns. I do know that it is just like having a tiny square of butter and sugar heaven in your mouth. I will make it during the holidays however. This way I get to enjoy it and then give most of it away. Best part is … its just so damn easy to make. A lot easier than cookies …. 😉

 

Ingredients :

  • 1 Full Stick Unsalted Butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Pound Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Extra Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 and 1/3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips *optional*

 

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan along with the ground nutmeg. Stir in the brown sugar and milk, removing any lumps, and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes .
  2. Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla, then the peanut butter. Stir well.
  3. Put the powdered sugar in a large heatproof mixing bowl. Then, pour the hot peanut butter and sugar mixture on top of the powdered sugar, and beat with a spoon until smooth.
  4. Pour into an 8×8 inch  baking pan, cover the top with parchment, and press down to smooth out the top. Set aside to cool slightly for 10 minutes, then place in the fridge to cool completely.
  5. If you decided you want Chocolate on top (I know I do) I melt the chocolate chips on low until completely smooth. I chop my fudge in little squares and smear just a little chocolate on top. I also sprinkle a little bit of coarse sea salt on top of the chocolate when I have some. But the peanut butter is also pretty darn tasty without all that jazz.

Bailey Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate and Candied Pecans

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This is probably my favorite ice cream to make. It isn’t easy to make, it’s time consuming. When I tell you it is well worth it I MEAN it. I saw a similar recipe and tweaked it the way I wanted it. I’ve made it a few times and am getting ready to make it again. It reminded me I need to share this frozen heaven with you in hopes that someone will find the time to make it and moan …omg this is insanely delicious. Thats what I always do 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of real salted butter chopped in small bits
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoons fresh ground fine coffee
  •   4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, about 70% cacao shaved with a knife
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans chopped ( I have bought them and made them )

Directions:

  1. Add sugar to a three quart saucepan with enough water to just moisten sugar, about 1/4 cup. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Let caramel form and darken, rotating pot if hot spots form. When caramel has turned dark amber and starts to smoke, turn off heat and stir in butter with a wooden spoon. Caramel will bubble, so watch for steam.
  2. When butter is fully integrated, add half-and-half in a steady stream and stir to combine. Caramel will bubble high and steam. When dairy is fully incorporated, add coffee grinds,  and 1 tablespoon Baileys. If caramel seizes up, stir it on low heat until it dissolves.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks well until lemony in color and thickened (they will fall off whisk in ribbons). Add a ladle of caramel mixture to yolks, whisking constantly. Repeat until bottom of bowl is warm to touch. Transfer yolk mixture to pot and whisk to combine.
  4. Return pot to low heat and let custard thicken, stirring frequently with wooden spoon. Custard is done when it coats the back of a spoon and a finger swiped across leaves a clean line. Remove from heat and stir in remaining Baileys. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  5. Churn custard according to machine instructions. When ice cream is almost done, slowly sprinkle in chocolate shavings. Add pecans, roughly chopped, as well if you like (or save whole for garnish later). Transfer ice cream to airtight container and freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm…… you wont regret it !!!

Frozen Mudslide

 

   

It’s dessert for adults. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t enjoy mudslides. I know there are some out that won’t because they don’t like chocolate.  (at least that’s what I hear but I still cant believe it)  So make them for yourself or have them ready to make when the girls are coming over…. they are heaven in a glass. Plus a great party starter in the summer after dinner.

This recipe will make 4 glasses.

Ingredients:

  • 3 fluid oz. of clear Vodka
  • 3 fluid oz. of coffee flavored liquor (like Kahlua)
  • 3 fluid oz. of Irish Cream (like Emmet’s or Baileys)
  • 4 cups crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup – with extra for drizzling
  • can of whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Add ice, liquors, and chocolate syrup to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Poor in glasses and top off with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate ….. enjoy 🙂