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    Grandma's Peanut Butter Fudge – Food Wishes


    hello this is chef john from food wishes comm with grandma's peanut butter fudge that's right my grandma did not make peanut butter fudge but many other grandmas did and i'm pretty sure there's was very close to this old-fashioned style recipe and besides being incredibly fast and easy to make with the holidays approaching this stuff would make a great edible gift unless of course that person has a peanut allergy which would then make this a really terrible gift but anyway you could use this same technique for other nuts and no matter what you use this is how we're gonna put it together and first up we're gonna need to sift a pound of powdered sugar which i'm gonna do by shaking and stirring through this fine mesh strainer and by the way never assume anything in the kitchen okay i thought that bag i poured in was one pound but it was actually a pound and a half and it was a good thing i double-checked the package because a pound and a half would have been way too much so I ended up having to take some out but all's well that ends well and then what we'll do once that set is move on to i guess what we'll call the wet ingredients which will include some unsalted butter as well as some creamy style peanut butter and for this I recommend you use an actual real peanut butter alright the only ingredients on the label should be peanuts and salt so I generally will stay away from those major commercial brands that contain lots of sweeteners and stabilizers and emulsifiers and things we can't pronounce and then what we'll do once those have been transferred into a saucepan has head to the stove and place this over medium heat and as this comes up to temperature and starts to melt we'll go ahead and give it a stir and once the mixture is all looking nice and smooth all we're waiting for is it to start to kind of simmer around the edges okay we really don't need a rolling boil here we just need everything nice and hot so as soon as that starts to bubble around the sides of the pan and looks a little something like this what we'll do is turn off the heat and add our last two ingredients which will be a nice big pinch of salt as well as some real pure vanilla extract and we'll go ahead and stir that in and then what we'll do once all that's been mixed together is quickly but very carefully pour this into our bowl of sugar and then using some kind of large spatula or spoon we will simply mix this until very well combined and by very well combined I mean all our powdered sugar disappears which is going to be pretty easy if you sifted your sugar first which we did but anyway we will go ahead and spatulate that until the mixture is extremely smooth oh and speaking of smooth I know I said to use creamy peanut butter in this but I should mention if you did want to use the chunky style you can it will still work so feel free I mean you are after all the Judge Judy of your fudge duty but personally I do prefer the smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture but anyway what we'll do once that's all mixed is go ahead and transfer it into a plastic lined hopefully 8 by 8 inch baking dish and we'll go ahead and press that down firmly get in it as even as we can at which point all we have to do is wrap this up and then wait for it to get firm enough to cut and it's at this stage I always seem to make the same mistake okay I always intend to pop it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm it up but end up leaving it in there too long and it's ice cold which means when I pull it out and unwrap it to cut it it tends to be extra brittle and flaky okay so for a little tip either don't chill it so much or if you do make it ahead pull it out and let it warm up a little bit before you cut it but anyway temperature issues aside we'll go ahead and cube that up into whatever size pieces we want oh and by the way this cutting while cold issue is only a problem with this old-fashioned style fudge okay your modern creamier style peanut butter fudge is much softer and a lot easier to cut but as far as I'm concerned is not nearly as good texturally okay a classic peanut butter fudge is supposed to melt on your tongue not smear on your tongue okay if I want something soft and sticky and creamy I'll just have a spoon of peanut butter okay what we're going for here is something that has a very dense firm texture like a classic chocolate fudge but as soon as it hits our warm tongue it instantly melts into this buttery peanut e liquid goodness which is exactly what we have here and by the way if you did want something softer and creamier all you got to do is add a little more peanut butter and I'll try to remember to mention that in the blog post but anyway I went ahead and finished cutting this up and as this warmed up it did get easier to cut and eventually once that was cut I transferred it into a candy dish and then sort of surprised myself by eating several more pieces since I'm generally not big on sweets and candies but there's just something about this I really love and find fairly addictive but anyway that's it what I'm calling grandma's peanut butter fudge again to be clear now my grandma but somebody's grandma and like I said with the holidays coming up if you're looking for a very easy crowd-pleasing gift or maybe just to bring to that thing where everybody's supposed to bring something you know those things and this thing is perfect for those but no matter what occasion you make these for or whether you're just gonna treat yourself I really do hope you give this a try soon so head over to food wishes calm for all the ingredient amounts and more info as usual and as always you

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