The August 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drive and Mandy of What the Fruitcake?!. These two sugar mavens challenged us to make sinfully delicious candies! This was a special challenge for the Daring Bakers because the good folks at http://www.chocoley.com offered an amazing prize for the winner of the most creative and delicious candy!
Sadly, that winner will not be me. All is not lost though…
I was so out of my element with this month’s challenge but I didn’t want to use one of my passes so quickly after joining. Although I left it until the very last minute, I ended up having a blast and really think that candy making could become very enjoyable. This months challenge was dubbed ‘Candylicious’ and the only real rules were that we had to make two candies, one of which had to be chocolate and the other could be anything else. I went very basic with fudge and chocolate truffles (the only chocolate candy that didn’t require tempering and a candy thermometer). I haven’t attempted to make fudge since I was a teenager and I didn’t remember it ending up very tasty. I looked for the easiest recipes I could find… baby steps.
The Peanut Butter Fudge is so yummy and a bit of a ‘cheater’ recipe because you beat in icing sugar at the end. It’s a drier, less creamy fudge, which is what I prefer. The Milk Chocolate & Pecan Praline truffles might be the best chocolate I have ever tried in my life! They did turn out a bit too soft, but their taste more than compensates. I either added a bit too much cream or it was the chocolate I used (I didn’t go expensive because of my lack of candy-confidence). It was also ridiculously hot and humid here today (again, because I was a huge procrastinator this month and couldn’t put it off anymore). Anyway, no more excuses, they are insanely decadent regardless!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used Kraft unsweetened, unsalted)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups icing (confectioners) sugar