Last month was my first time to participate in the Crazy Cooking Challenge hosted by Tina at Mom’s Crazy Cooking. The theme was mashed potatoes and since she started the challenge only a couple of months ago, there have been more than 60 bloggers participating. It’s been fun seeing everyone’s interpretations of one type of recipe.
This month’s theme is FUDGE! This would be a real challenge for me for sure because although I’ve made fudge in the past, my experience has been hit or miss. You see, here in southeast Texas, the conditions must be just right like:
–A low humidity day helps (rare where I live)
–It must be a cool day (hot + humid=not fudge friendly)
–It takes time (like, about 45 minutes of time, at least, where you can really watch the stove—or else you’ll have burned sugar! TIP: It’s not so great to try and multitask during the process).
–The planets must align (ok, kidding about this one but sometimes it feels like that!)
I wasn’t just going to make the mix and pour refrigerator fudge. Not knocking that type but I wanted to try and make fudge that required boiling the sugar to the soft ball stage over the stove. A REAL challenge, remember?
In case you missed it last month, you may be asking how does this Crazy Cooking Challenge work you ask? Well, once month (on the 7th specifically), a group of food bloggers get together to feature one food item for that month. We all make that item, in our own kitchens and in our own way, but add our own special touches.
The other unique twist on the Challenge is that we don’t just make a recipe from our personal files. We are to choose an all-new recipe found on another blogger’s blog! Even though I used my master Googling and Pinterest searching skills, I found it to be a little tougher than I thought finding a recipe. And then, there it was: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough fudge. You read that right—cookie dough fudge! I found it on one of my favorite baking blogs, Bake at 350.
And although I did end up finding a few other contenders, I kept coming back to this one. I mean, who can resist cookie dough and fudge all rolled into one? Not me.
So read on for the recipe and to find out how it turned out:
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH FUDGE
Originally found on the Bake @ 350 baking blog and adapted by her from the book Sweet Confectionsoil for the pan
1 & 3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. cream
1/4 c. milk
1 TBSP corn syrup
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 TBSP unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Oil an 8×8″ pan.
Bring the sugar, dark brown sugar, cream, milk, syrup and salt to a boil in a3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a heatproof spatula.
Boil to 242 degrees, stirring frequently (use your candy thermometer or a digital thermometer like I did).
Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and flour.
Pour the syrup into a 9×13″ pan and let sit undisturbed at room temperature about 20 minutes, or until it reaches 110 degrees.
Scrape the syrup into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Beat on medium speed with a paddle attachment until the fudges thickens and holds its shape, 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape into the prepared8x8″ pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, lightly pressing them into the fudge.
Let the fudge cool and set, at least 2 hours. Chill in the fridge for 30minutes if the chocolate chips are still soft.
Store in an airtight container or in the refrigerator.
You need to watch the temperature ALL the time and stir it constantly or it will boil over. When you are bringing it to a soft boil it will seem like it’s staying stuck at the same temperature for a long time, then boom! It’s at 242. Also, when you are cooling it down, it will stay warm, warm, warm, then it starts to cool off quickly. If you wait too long, it will begin to harden and you don’t want that. i had to rewarm the mixture so I could scrape it out of the pan. Also it WAS a bit more humid outside than I would have liked. I’m not sure how much that affected my final result. All in all, it turned out ok. But be warned, this is a serious shot of sugar so cut the pieces small and share this with friends. You don’t want to eat all of it yourself or you may pass out from a sugar coma (kidding but it IS sweet!)
You can enjoy visiting the other Crazy Cooking Challenge participants through the links below. And the extra twist? If you like my recipe, please click the ‘like’ by my entry to vote for me. Enjoy!
HELP US VOTE: Yep, this is how we will find the ULTIMATE RECIPE. There is a “LIKE” button on the blog-hop linky party and we want you to help us VOTE for the recipe that you think is the ULTIMATE FUDGE RECIPE. Next Wednesday, I will be featuring the ULTIMATE RECIPE voted on by all the readers.