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Monday, December 23, 2013

Peanut Butter Fudge (Soy, Wheat, Fish and Egg-Free, Can Be Milk and Nut-Free)

Peanut Butter Fudge, before cutting into it.
I don't know about you, but Christmastime normally means family time, and family time normally means goodies (i.e. cookies, candies, pies).  One of the things I remember having most often as a child at Christmas was peanut butter fudge.  Now, the fudge I remember having wasn't made with very allergy-friendly ingredients, but this one is! :)  This recipe is a modified version of one I found on allrecipes.com as posted by ANGIEH.  This recipe is soy (if you use all soy-free ingredients), wheat, fish and egg-free, and can be milk and nut-free (see variations).  It also melts in your mouth, is deliciously rich and decadent and super simple to boot!  I hope you make it and that it becomes a part of your Christmas traditions! :)
 
 
Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2 Cup full fat, salted butter
 
2 Cups brown sugar
 
dash of salt (up to 1/8 teaspoon)
 
1/2 Cup milk
 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
1 Cup soy-free peanut butter (creamy or crunchy - the choice is yours)
(JIF Natural or Smucker's Natural are great choices here.)
 
3 Cups powdered sugar
(make sure this ingredient is gluten-free if you need the recipe to be)
 
  1. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
        
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
      
  3. Stir in brown sugar, salt and milk and bring to a roiling boil and boil and stir for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
      
  4. Remove mixture from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until the peanut butter is melted and fully incorporated.  (Note: Feel free to go a little heavy handed on the peanut butter if you wish.  If you like it more peanut buttery, use a rounded Cup of peanut butter (up to 1 1/4 Cups).  If you like it not quite as peanut buttery, use a scant Cup (down to as little as 3/4 Cup).)
      
  5. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
       
  6. Pour/scoop the mixture into the prepared 9x13 pan and carefully press the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula into the pan until the fudge is evenly distributed throughout the pan.  (Note: You can use your clean, bare hands to do this part, but the fudge mixture can be very hot, so I don't recommend this method.  If you want to do it that way, however, you may, but I recommend greasing your hands with butter first to reduce the risk of getting a burn.)
        
  7. Chill the fudge until firm and then cut into squares and enjoy.
 
Makes at least 48 pieces.
 
Variations (Please keep your individual allergen needs in mind when using variations!):
  • Milk-Free: Use a dairy-free butter (such as Melt or Earth Balance) and dairy-free milk (such as SoDelicious) in place of the butter and milk.  Make sure you grease the pan with a dairy-free fat, too.
        
  • Other Nut or Nut-Free: If you can have tree nuts, you can easily sub a tree nut spread for the peanut butter.  If you can have neither, you can use a seed butter instead.
  • Other Flavors: You can substitute any peanut butter, tree nut or seed butter spread or a combination of a few for the peanut butter in this.  This means you could use a flavored peanut butter (like the ones by Peanut Butter & Co.), Nutella or any other flavor that suits your fancy. :) 
 
Sounds good, right?  It is, trust me!  You really should make some and let me know what you think.  I promise you, you won't be disappointed! :)  Just start off with a small piece - this stuff is rich! :)
 
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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and blessed holiday season!  Most likely I will not be back until after the New Year in order to spend some time with my extended family, including my Granny who will be up here for a month!  I am excited! :D  Anyway, stay safe, have fun and enjoy your time with loved ones!  I will still answer emails and comments, so feel free to send them along, but forgive me if it takes me longer than normal to respond. :)
 
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What are  your favorite Christmas goodies?
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
What is your favorite part about Christmas?
 

 
 



4 comments:

  1. I've never tried making fudge with seed butter. I'll have to give it a go!!!
    Merry, merry Christmas, Julie!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your beautiful family! --Lisa

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I hope the fudge is a success for you! You'll have to let me know! :)

      Merry Christmas to your and yours, Lisa! I hope it is an amazing one!

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  2. What a fun recipe! I am going to try this with Sunbutter!

    I hope you enjoyed joyful Merry Christmas and I wish you Happy New Year filled with love, friendship and good health!

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! I hope the recipe works for you with the Sunbutter! You'll have to let me know. :)

      I did have a great Christmas (though we did deal with illness), and I am looking forward to the New Year! :) I wish you all the best in 2014, my friend!

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