Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Accidental Child Abuse and Fudge

For some odd reason I did something different today. Usually I think to myself daily that I sure wish I was the exercising type. Today, instead, I exercised.

Oh, I used to exercise every day. I spent about ten minutes doing a little workout I'd clipped out of a magazine that for sure would give you a flat tummy. I'm not dumb, though. I didn't expect a flat tummy. Didn't get one, either. But I did get a tiny sense of accomplishment every morning for a few years and off and on for a few more years after that.

I could tell it had been a long time since I'd done the routine this morning when there were little boy legs and baby heads and bums everywhere I needed my legs and arms to be. Small children used to know to give me a wide berth when they heard me chanting, "One, two, three. . ." (spoken aloud for purposes of educating young people in the vicinity in the numbers, their order and a practical way to use those numbers.)

If I don't start exercising more regularly Spencer may grow up thinking the proper way to count out your leg lifts and torso twists is more like this, "One. . . tw--excuse me!. . . two. . . three. . . oops, move your little bum sweetie!. . .four. . . five. . . six--oh! Sorry honey! Did I bop you on the head with my elbow?. . . " because he'll hear that a couple times a month and will never learn to get the heck out of the way.
So that was all way too many words to dedicate to exercise (see, I haven't quite got the exercise bug yet, even after doing it for seven minutes today). On to fudge.

I'll share with you the recipe I used for orange fudge. I have never had such smooth and delicious fudge. Never. I grew up on Christmas fudge that contained chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows. I think. It was yummy, but only now do I realize that fudge can be both yummy and inferior.

Maybe it was a fluke. After all I DID mess things up a little. I only had cheap (Store brand. Ick.) chocolate of the milk variety and I was supposed to use two different kinds (milk and semi-sweet, I planned). I didn't have any sweetened condensed milk and had to make my own. I swapped out the vanilla or mint extract called for and replaced it with some orange flavoring.

It was delicious. Just like everything else I've made from my Chocolate Never Faileth cookbook. I've had the book for four weeks, one of which I was away from home, so I have made five* recipes out of it in three weeks. (plus three** more that I made before I got the book).

I'm only saying this for your benefit and not as an advertisement but you really ought to get this cookbook for everyone you know who loves chocolate and loves to bake and create. Even those who don't do a lot of baking/creating will love it. You really have to hold the book in your hands to see how lovely it is. It is beautiful inside and out. Just like you. That's why I think everyone should have one. I have spent hours and hours looking at it and reading all the quotes about chocolate and little stories about the creation of each recipe. Plus the recipes themselves. I am a reader of recipes (ingredients, instructions, all of it).

I love it. You should own one.

Here's how the fudge recipe goes (in my own words):

Quick and Easy (I'd call it Fabulous) Fudge
4 tbsp butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk (or one recipe of this)
2 cups of two different kinds of chocolate chips (or whatever you have on hand)
1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp almond or mint extract (or orange)
1 c chopped nuts (I don't like them and left them out)

Butter an 8x8. Melt butter, stir in SCM. Stir in chips (or chopped bars), let them sit a minute and stir again until they are melted. Stir in extract and nuts. Mix well and pour into pan. Refrigerate for an hour (or two) until set. Cut and try not to eat the entire pan yourself. Seriously. Ugh. Do you think seven minutes of non-strenuous exercise works off an 8x8 pan of fudge?

Smooth and delicious. You should seriously make it. (And I should make it again with better ingredients and see if it turns out worse. It couldn't turn out better.)
*Quick and Easy Fudge
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Muffins
Chocoholic Lemon Bars
French Silk Pie
**Classic Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Sinful Chocolate Cupcakes

Perfect Chocolate Brownies


Jillybean said...

"try not to eat the entire pan yourself."

Ha ha! You're funny! I guess I can always try, but it's difficult when me and the fudge are home by ourselves.

Barbaloot said...

I'm really gonna need to make some of this. Soon.

And I've never read such a great book review. You just may have convinced me to go get the book:)

Kimberly said...

Oh my. I NEED that cookbook.

And the visual of you exercising and having to excuse yourself and ask the kids to move just cracked me up!

Annette Lyon said...

A particularly dangerous variation is mint extract and using Andes mints instead of nuts--or whatever equivalent you can find in Poland.

(Thanks for the shout-out! Now I need to go do some leg lifts . . .)

T said...

7 minutes only works off the 7X7 type of pan... sorry for the bad news. maybe after the kids go to bed you can knock out another minute without knocing out another kid?

Kazzy said...

I love anything orange-flavored, but alas, I will not be eating fudge any time soon. :(

Susan said...

It will soon taste a lot like Christmas.
Also, your write up reminds me of trying to start yoga practice many times, but I never had the oomph to keep going through all the kid-help!

Marlo said...

What a great post! I remember how much I used to love fudge. I could eat it non-stop! Those were great times. These days, it's the exercise I love. I prefer running, but flailing around in the living room with the kids sounds nice, too.

charrette said...

I was HOPING you'd post this recipe -- Thanks!

JustRandi said...

I'm a recipe reader,too! I love just sitting and reading recipes - but I always thought it was kind of weird. I'm so glad to find someone else who does that.

And you're right about Annette's cookbook! It's one of my favorites for sure.
We made French silk pie for Thanksgiving and we about died - it was so rich and delicious.

Carolyn V. said...

Hey! I just made fudge before I read your blog post. I wish I would have stopped off here first. The recipe sounds so delish! Mmmm fudge. It's totally my favorite. Thanks Lisa!

AndyPandyJackaDandy said...

I love fudge. My uncle used to sell his when he was in college. So I tried that recipe. It was good, but not the same as his somehow. I like chocolate chip melt-in-the-microwave fudge, but have always felt that it must be inferior to the slave-over-the-stove kind. WRONG. Thanks for the reminder.