Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fudge It!

This recipe was sent to me by a reader (hi Betty!) She made my rainbow cupcakes for a class of first graders and they were such a hit so she emailed me and sent me pictures. We email eachother back and forth and chat and she occasionally sends me recipes. Awesome, right?

Here are the cupcakes she and the kiddos made. They look like they're having so much fun!

While I'm at it, I wanted to show you another cupcake that Selby of Selby's Food Corner made. I love her pastel version- pretty!

Onto the fudge! This is a very simple and versatile fudge. You melt a bag of chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, etc.) and a tub of store bought frosting (any flavor, but according to Betty, Betty Crocker is preferred), and add flavored oils or extracts and nuts or dried fruit. The possibilities are endless and that's what's so amazing about this fudge.

I made this for my mom's birthday. When she goes to Starbucks, she always orders a white chocolate mocha with Valencia orange flavoring. Always. So I decided to make her this fudge using white chocolate chips, cream cheese frosting, Valencia orange zest, dried cranberries and macadamia nuts. She loved it!

Betty says this keeps for several weeks in the fridge. Which is a good thing because it's so rich! I plan on making a semi-sweet chocolate version with pecans so stay tuned!

White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Fudge

  • 1 (12 oz.) package white chocolate chips
  • 1 (16 oz.) tub cream cheese frosting
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. orange extract
  • 1 T. grated Valencia orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • more zest and cranberries for garnish (optional)

1. Lightly butter an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or a 9-inch diameter pan*. Set aside.

2. Melt the baking chips in the microwave in a medium bowl.

3. Stir in the frosting, salt, extract, and nuts, cranberries and zest until well combined.

4. Scrape into the prepared pan and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or until firm. Cut it into squares to serve.

NOTE: *I used a silicone pan, so I skipped step one and it made popping out the fudge so easy.

Easy Fudge from Nancy's Kitchen

  • 1 (12-ounce) package of baking chips
  • 1 (16-ounce) tub of prepared frosting
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon extract of your choice
  • 3/4 cup nuts of your choice

1. Lightly butter an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or a 9-inch diameter pan. Set aside.

2. Melt the baking chips in the microwave in a medium bowl.

3. Stir in the frosting, salt, extract, and nuts until well combined.

4. Scrape into the prepared pan and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or until firm. Cut it into squares to serve.

Thanks Betty! Keep the recipes coming!

28 comments:

Denise said...

This is s o great. I love the idea of frosting and this would be a great addition to my holiday cookie tray. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the chocolate one.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh these are just beyond pretty. They are beyond gorgeous! I love your photos as always and your choice of food.

cookies and cups said...

Oh wow! This sounds dangerous...easy and delicious are 2 things that keep me OUT of my bathing suit! There's always next year, right?

Amanda from Faith, Food and Family said...

Love the cupcakes and the fudge looks really yummy. I've never attempted fudge before but I need to try to sometime.

And just wanted to let you know that every time I come to your site and scroll down to look at your post, that darn cuban sandwich make me hungry! It looks so good! I need to make it sometime. It looks delicious!

God bless,
Amanda

Smitten Sugar said...

How cute and so simple! I love the endless possibilies you could come up with for these! Great pics!

Selba said...

Have heard and read about fudge but never gotten the chance to try it, looks definitely yummy :)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Monica, what an honor it must be to see one of your recipe's photographed by someone else. Those cupcakes are so colorful, and what a perfect choice for kids to make! As for the fudge-- it is brilliant. The last shot reminds me of those sinful Brach's white chewey candies with all the colored candy inside (I forget what those are called). This version is so much better. Hmmmmm, what can I trade with you for a taste of that?! What a lucky mom you have!

Lissaloo said...

yummy, those look delicious. What a great combination!

Sophie said...

Those rainbow cupcakes would be a lot of fun to make with kiddos :).

This is a really cool recipe, I think it's the first fruity fudge I've seen.

Coleen's Recipes said...

I want to use the fudge idea for the holidays!!

Valerina said...

Gorgeous pictures! And even though I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate, This fudge looks amazing. The addition of cranberries and macadamia nuts is brilliant.

Ingrid said...

The various colors are gorgeous!

What a sweet daughter you are Monica! Whenever I make anything special for my parents I always say, "See, who loves?" :)

I need to make those cupcakes too. They're waaay cool. I'll make 'em for Babygirl's class once school starts.
~ingrid

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love the colors in this white fudge. It doesn't just look yummy,it looks cute too!!

Maria said...

Cranberries are my favorite! I want to make this for the holidays.

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

What a neat idea. I always use dried cranberries in my salad, I would have never thought in using them in sweets. White chocolate is definitely a great pairing idea

Treehouse Chef said...

That is really pretty fudge. I am sure your mother loved it!

Susan said...

WOW! That fudge look wonderful! I'll be making that for holidays!!! ( and for cook offs )

~ Susan

Julie said...

Very interesting...I love those flavors together. It kinda looks like a cool piece of soap! (I'm tired, I don't have to make sense :P)

girlichef said...

mmmmm...that fudge looks awesome. And I still love those rainbow cupcakes...no matter the variation, they are so pretty :D

Aly Beth said...

Your rainbow cupcakes are fantastic!

~Aly

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from Ingrid's to say hi!

Kasha said...

Your blog is so sweet and delightful! I am glad your husband is back safe! I am not the biggest fan of white chocolate, but I think I could eat that whole pan! I also love your Hot Weather Refresher! Do you know how hot it is here in Arizona? Our car temp said 120! Care to visit?

Cathy said...

Oh... this looks oh....I don't even have words... I was scanning to see if I had everything at home...no but I will.. yummo.. thanks for all the ideas.. I jump on here when I'm lost for a dinner idea..

unconfidentialcool said...

I love the idea of white chocolate fudge...and how gorgeous are these? Wouldn't they make great gifts for the holidays? Yum!

mbc said...

These are so pretty I can almost taste them! Like other readers, they made me think of the holidays immediately. You may need to remind us of these around that time.

La Table De Nana said...

They are so pretty! I found you through Jain at FWS!

Thibeault's Table said...

I love your blog.

So many wonderful desserts. Your white chocolate fudge is so pretty.

cass said...

i just made the white chocolate cranberry orange fudge and it is TOO good. it's so easy to make too!

to save some $$ i used only 1/2 cup of the macadamia nuts, more dried cranberries, and subbed 1T fresh orange juice for the orange extract.

i'll definitely be making this many more times! thanks!

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