The Classic Taste Of The Holidays Making fudge can intimidate novice foodies. We scored a home run with this on the first go and hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Whiskey fudge is tasty any time of the year but makes memorable debuts during the holidays when it's perfect for gift-giving to those you really want to surprise with a treat to remember.
Time To Prepare: 30 minutes prep and let the fudge rest overnight to set up.
Go nuts! Here in Texas "nuts" equates to pecans and our recipe makes use of whole pecan pieces the top, front, and center of this treat. As an option you can mix in pecan pieces during the final stages of mixing for a nuttier incorporation of our state's official "health nut." Of course if you have an aversion to pecans you may need to move north of the border after surrendering your Texas credentials. ;)
If you're "choosy" about crisp and perfect edges of your fudge I have a couple of helpful tips: 1) Slice when the fudge is chilled and set; 2) Use a sharp knife. I warmed mine up a bit between slices and it worked well.
To Coat Pan | Butter (Family Traditions Are Focused On Falfurrias Brand Butter) 2 ½ Cups | Confectioners' (Powdered) Sugar ¾ Cup | Your Favorite Whiskey (Crown Royal Or Jack Daniels Work Well) 5 Cups | Sugar 2 Sticks | Unsalted Butter 1 Cup | Whole Milk 1 ½ Teaspoons | Mexican Vanilla Or Pure Vanilla 25 | Large Marshmallows, Torn In Half 12 Ounces (2 Cups) | Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
To Garnish | Texas Pecans, Whole What To Do: 1. Foil and butter a 9" x 13" baking pan. Make sure the butter coats the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside. 2. Whisk together the confectioner's sugar and your chosen whiskey. Also set aside. 3. In a large nonstick pot or a pot with a heavy bottom place the sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Over medium-high heat stir things together until the mixture comes to a boil. You can reduce the heat to medium but keep things boiling while stirring for 3 minutes exactly. The mixture will become "fluffy" as it continues to boil. Remove from heat. 4. Add to the mixture the marshmallows and chocolate, stirring until everything is melted and blended into the sugar mix.
5. Give the whiskey mixture that you set aside in step 2 above a quick stir and add it to the melted chocolate mixture. Blend well to incorporate until things are smooth. (Optional per above: If you're using chopped pecans inside the fudge instead of on top you can add them to the chocolate mixture).
6. Pour the melted fudge mixture into your greased pan and let it rest while you place your pecan pieces on top.
7. Carefully transfer the hot fudge to the fridge and place on trivets if you have them to prevent a hot pan from tarnishing your fridge. Let things rest overnight and when you wake up the next morning you should find that your fudge has mellowed, set, and is ready for the party! Served chilled to keep the whiskey fudge firm to the touch.
I hope you enjoy this holiday favorite! You can explore more of our favorite recipes here at HomeStyleAustin.com. Happy holidays!
Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder Austin Realtor® Keller Williams Realty
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