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Vanilla Mascarpone Fudge Recipe

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If you have a sweet tooth, this is at the top of the list for fudges. You may want some strong coffee to wash this down with.

Number of servings: 18 pieces

Estimated Prep Time: 15 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

Butter an 8 x 4 inch (19 x 9 cm) pan or dish. Yes, a bread pan will do fine.

Measure butter and the cheese into a deep pot, and melt the butter over gentle heat, whisking it in. Then whisk the sugar in, and stir occasionally as the entire mixture melts and start to bubble. (Mind the bubbling sugar. It can "plop" upwards and give a nasty burn, as it sticks to your skin while burning you.)

After about 5 minutes, do the "soft ball" test. That's when you drop from a teaspoon a bit of the mixture into some cold water in a clear drinking glass or measuring cup. If it dissolves into the water, keep on cooking. If it holds its shape, you're ready for the next step.

Turn off heat, move to a burner that wasn't on, stir in the vanilla. Now you go crazy with the whisking. Whisk the blazes out of it until you feel it getting really heavy (if you have a whimpy arm, don't try telling us it's heavy after 30 seconds) and it is starting to visibly thicken. At that point, stop -- any further mixing would make it go grainy.

If you are going to add any optional ingredients, fold them in now.

Pour into the buttered pan and let set and get hard (will take about an hour.)

You may find it easier to cut it into pieces before it gets completely hard. You can still leave the pieces in the dish to finish hardening, just get them cut.

Comments

All fudge is a bit of futzing. Even though a wooden spoon feels more traditional, use a whisk: it's way more efficient and your arm will thank you. At the initial stage, though, as the ingredients are starting to melt into each other, don't mix too much. Occasionally means occasionally, or your fudge will end up grainy.

If you can get golden caster or granulated sugar, the unrefined crystals would add an additional rich taste to the fudge.

You can add optional ingredients such as nuts or raisins. The dried cranberries look fabulous and their tangy taste is a good foil to the sweetness.

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"It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the amount of money that goes out of the country as a consequence. Everybody is using coffee; this must be prevented. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were both his ancestors and officers. Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war."

-- Frederick the Great of Prussia (24 January 1712 – 17 August 1786)