September 10, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Fudge

This is some GOOD STUFF.  I am not the best candy maker out there and for the most part I leave it alone.  For good reason....the first time I made fudge when I was a young wife (not even mom yet) I made the mistake of not cooking it long enough.  It turned into goo.  I didn't want my husband to see it so when he pulled in the driveway, I quickly ran to the spare bedroom with it and put it on the top shelf of the closet.  There it remained.  Until we moved out of that house.  I'm embarrassed to say that it was almost a year later that we moved.  Needless to say, that by that  time the fudge had definitely hardened! I can't believe it was still there and that we didn't have a rodent infested house because of that stupid move!  However, what was even more embarrassing for me was that I was NOT the person who found the fudge.  Egads!  Oh thankfully I don't feel I have to hide my mistakes anymore and its a good thing because I make a LOT of them.  ;)  Instead, people just think I'm ditzy.  ha ha.

What is your most embarrassing food moment?

So, now that I've told you my most embarrassing food moment, I'm going to share with you my biggest fudge success in a long time.  I think the reason I was so unsuccessful so many, many long years ago when I made the first batch of fudge, was because I was impatient.  Yes, living with Grumpy as well as aging has certainly taught me tons of patience.  However, I will admit, making this fudge, I was starting to get impatient because it was taking forever and then when it was time to beat the fudge silly, it tired me out.  lol  One comment I was making while beating the fudge to death was "next time I get a craving for fudge, please remind me I live in the City now and can run to Gertrude Hawk or Shaker Shed if the desire for fudge becomes so strong again".  (BTW Shaker Shed makes some awesome baked items as well as fudge and meals!)

What is your biggest food success?
There is one person in this whole wide world that I would totally make this fudge for all over again though (and its very possible that I will VERY soon since there will be an easy way for me to get it to him) and that is my son Justin. I love that boy more than anything and that boy loves himself some Pumpkin Fudge - I'm pretty sure he loves his momma too.  I'm not sure if Kristina likes it or not, but I am thinking no, so I'll have to send her home a different treat (what do you think of Brownie Biscotti?  I'm pretty sure your reading this!  lol)  Nothing says you love someone more than being willing to do something that is absolutely painful.

Proof of that to Grumpy was my willingness to scout in the woods with him this last weekend. OY!  In reality, I did have fun.  It is just that when it comes to hunting, I won't touch a gun.  I don't really want to be there if and when his whole purpose comes to fruitation, but I love him, and we are alone here now, so I'm the next best thing to nothing.  ha ha.  Back on track here Shelby (see, I told you I could be ditzy!  I get off topic way too easy).

Do you do something you absolutely don't like to do for someone you love?

I'm not so much of a vanilla (or chocolate) chip and condensed fudge kinda of girl.  I grew up with my Mom boiling fudge on Saturday night to go with our popcorn while they tortured us watching Lawrence Welk.  The fudge and popcorn was the best part of those Saturday evenings!  Since that is how I grew up knowing fudge, I can't seem to like the fudge that is made that way (at least when I make it).

So, if you are up to a challenge and have a lot of patience, or want to learn a lot of patience, definitely try this recipe.  It is one of two recipes on allrecipes.com and is the only one that calls for boiling the fudge and not using white chocolate chips.  If you would rather go an easier route, try this recipe for Pumpkin Fudge that uses marshmallow creme and white chocolate.



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Pumpkin Spice Fudge
a great candy that puts you in the mood for fall!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla exstract
Instructions
Note:  Use pure canned pumpkin puree - do not substitute the pumpkin pie filling.
If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own.  There is a recipe for pumpkin pie spices on allrecipes.com

Line an 8x8 pan with tinfoil.  Spray foil with cooking spray and set aside.

In a 3 quart saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir.  Watch carefully as mixture may come to the top of pot, it will eventually go down however, if your heat is a little too high, it could boil over.

When mixture registers 232 degrees F on candy thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, remove pan from heat. Stir vanilla and butter. Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F on candy thermometer).

Beat mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss. Quickly pour into a greased eight-inch pan. When firm, lift fudge out of pan using foil as handles and  cut into 36 squares.  Store in an airtight container in a cool climate.

Note, cook time is approximate as time will vary due to the temperature of your burner and how long it takes you to beat the fudge into oblivion.  :)  
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 36 pieces



13 comments:

  1. I'm loving seeing the pumpkin recipes that are showing up along with the cooler temps! I can't say I've hidden a flopped dish in a closet, but I have had an epic fail or three in my day for sure. It looks like you've more than made up for yours with this fudge.

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  2. Sounds wonderful I was hoping you would post this one! After I read you were eating some.. My hubby would love this too. Guess its going to go on the Christmas list and hope I can find the time :) thanks for posting it!

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    1. Claudia, you should definitely try it! Everyone who had any of it (I took this to work and gave some to a friend) LOVED it.

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  3. This looks absolutely delicious, Shelby! I'm definitely going to add it to my candy recipes.

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  4. that is soooo funny! My most embarrassing food moment....when I caught robe on fire cooking thanksgiving dinner! Yeah.

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  5. I talk about the very first meal I made for company in my new home being store bought meat pies, canned carrots and canned potatoes. I do remember thinking it was delicious!As for the fudge it really is so festive!!

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  6. oh my goodness, what a gorgeous spin on fudge! bring on pumpkin treats!

    i posted your cheeseburger pizza on my blog, it was so delicious. love your recipes!

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    1. Thank you Teresa! I'm on my way to check out your post :)

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  7. This screams fall!! Looks super delicious! Also, the brownie biscotti is something I want to try soon! I'm definitely in a brownie mode! :)
    Btw, just wondering if I can get your support for a contest here in Washington for Best Food Blog? Someone nominated me and I'm in 5th place right now and still working my way up! I would love the support! http://best.king5.com/aj-s-cooking-secrets/biz/652307

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