Wednesday, December 17, 2008
With kids home, they need something to do. Otherwise they will fight or become part of the television. So we now have played in the snow and shoveled the drive way and sidewalk. The girls have painted ornaments at grandma's house and yesterday they baked lots of sugar cookies and decorated them.
So today the girls wanted to make candy. We started out with the Authentic French Meringues. Yes, we cooked them for 3 hrs. We made some of them with mint and some plain. The plain ones were not a winner, but the mint ones tasted fine in small quantities. Over all I would not make again.
Next we made fudge. You know the good old fudge recipe we make every year. Can we go wrong with this one? I hope not, after all it is called Foolproof Chocolate Fudge.
Now we could not stop there. I headed over to the website of Eagle Brand to see if they had any other recipes of interest. Wow, did they. So next we made Peppermint Chocolate Fudge. This one uses both milk and semi-sweet chocolate.
Next we decide to live on the edge again and try Peppermint Patties. These also are time consuming. Hopefully they will be tasty, since New York Peppermint patties are Shaun's favorite candy. First you make a fondant like mixture and scoop out 1 inch balls and flatten. Then you let them dry on each side for an hour each. It took a little bit for me to figure out how to dislodge them from the wax paper. I learned it was just easiest to turn them over and peel the wax paper off verse try to peel them off the wax paper. Lastly after all that waiting they are ready to be dipped. We did a pretty good job keeping a nice appearance with the creme filling. When it came to dipping we lost the battle and beautiful was no longer a valid description. I guess I would try this again and do it a bit smaller and thicker next time and would hope to have better looks, more like the picture I copied from the website. Taste not too bad. The minty flavor is a bit off from the New York patties.
Next we found a recipe, we could not resist. Chocolate covered brownie Bites!! Okay so mine don't like nearly as beautiful as the picture, but they taste great and don't look too bad either. I even did a white decorative touch too.
Finally the girls wanted peanut butter balls. We got this recipe from V. Watkins at church. They only have four ingredients in them and they are great as a treat or dipped in chocolate.
At last, Shaun is home and we send him back out in the cold to get more ingredients to make the following fudge recipes for a platter to go to his work for a work holiday party. Three stores later and a stop at his parents we are back in business. I guess most of the baking items are sold out. I guess everyone has the same idea to bake on snow days.
Peanut Butter Fudge, I am all for these type of recipes. Easy prep and hopefully great results. It called for white chocolate bar or squares. The store had none, so we had to use white chips. I know that chips are a bit more waxy, but that should be fine.
Lastly, we had a child insist we had to make these ones, so why not. We will just add it to dad's platter of goodies anyway. It is Cookies 'n Cream Fudge. The bad part is that both of these take lots of white chocolate and the store only had one bag of white chips. Luckily Shaun's parents saved us on the other. Their food storage is handy too. The recipe calls for cookies to be broken coarsely. The reason I learned is to avoid the fudge from getting a gray tint. Ours was just starting to get that grayish tint, luckily it is not too bad.