Merry Christmas!!! I can't believe it's that time of year already. Christmas always seems to sneak up but this year it practically ambushed me. I guess being a new mom will do that to you. My days seem to blur together with slobbery kisses and dirty diapers but it's the best kind of blur there is!
This year we're hosting Christmas for my parents and the in-laws so I did manage to get the tree up and the halls decked but time seriously got away from me after that.
So, if you find yourself with a sleepin' babe,
and need a holiday treat that looks impressive but can be made during nap time, check this out!
I love me some Pioneer Woman and the other day she gave a recipe for INSANELY simple fudge. I tried it out and was instantly impressed.
To make the basic fudge, all you need is:
- 12oz Chocolate Chips
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
You melt the chips in a double boiler.
then add in the condensed milk.
Once it's incorporated, smooth it into a parchment paper lined dish and pop in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
I wanted to fancy it up a little so I experimented with some different flavor combos.
The first one I tried was mint. As the fudge was cooling, I sprinkled Andes mint chips over the top.
Then topped it with Christmas sprinkles.
I spiced it up the next batch with cinnamon and cayenne pepper
and topped it with hazelnuts.
Then the lil angel woke up and joined me. I got distracted and stopped making fudge.
That gave me enough time to try one more flavor, orange! I zested a couple of oranges into the melting chocolate and added some almond extract
and topped it with more zest.
If the chocolate seizes up when you add the milk or the extract, you can add in a cap full of vegetable oil and keep stirring over medium heat until it smooths out.
And there you have it, simple, elegant and delicious!
I think the orange is my favorite but the cinnamon/cayenne is SO good too and Mr. B loves the mint. Now, please excuse me while I