I was told by my somewhat better half that I wasn’t allowed to bring the construction crew – that is, the guys who are working on my apartment – any more treats until they picked up the pace. I don’t think the expression “No more monsieur nice guy” exists in French, but that seemed to be the tone of the sentiment expressed.
However being American, I can’t help being a soft touch and have been sneaking the guys treats over there. They’ve had everything from Date Bars to Panforte. Meanwhile back at home, as I am packing up my kitchen cabinets and boxing everything up for my move, I found a jar of marshmallow cream that I brought back from the states a while back, presumably to make some sort of cupcake frosting that I never got around to.
So I decided that a little marshmallow fudge never hurt anyone. And in fact, a little sugar is known to speed up the pace of things. Here’s hoping…
Marshmallow Cream Fudge
- 2/3 cup (160ml) evaporated milk, not sweetened condensed milk
- 6 ounces (170g) salted butter, cubed
- 3 cups (600g) sugar
- 8 ounces (225g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 ounces (115g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 7 ounces (200g) marshmallow cream*
- 1 cup 120g) roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- Line an 8-inch (20cm) square pan with foil, leaving an overhang on at least two sides. Smooth out any wrinkles or creases.
- Put the evaporated milk in a 4-quart (4l) saucepan and fix a candy thermometer to the side.
- Add the evaporated milk, butter, and sugar to the pan, and heat – stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn – until the temperature reaches 234ºF (112ºC).
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, as well as the unsweetened chocolate and marshmallow cream.
- Stir in the peanuts, then scrape the mixture into the foil-lined pan. Let cool for at least four hours.
- Once cool, lift the fudge from the pan, and cut into cubes.
Related Links and Recipes
Vegan Fantasy-ish Fudge (101 Cookbooks)
Making Your Own Evaporated Milk (She Simmers)
Evaporated Milk (Wikipedia)
Organic Ricemellow Cream (Suzanne’s Specialities)
*I realize that marshmallow cream has some dubious ingredients in it. But desperate times call for desperate measures and it really seemed to speed things up. And lo and behold, I went over to the apartment this morning and the plumbing in my kitchen is nearly completed, they’re installing a wc, and there is a hot water heater firmly in place. So please excuse any lapse in judgement, but I really need my kitchen done. (There’s an all-natural alternative in the links above.)