Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

Growing up my Grandma Sammie always made peanut butter fudge during the holidays. I remember sitting on her kitchen counter watching her work on the fudge while we worked on other treats, she would give us tasks to measure mix and pour always making us feel like we were the best helpers and that she couldn’t do it witout us! I truly miss her so much especially this time of year. But I made sure to prepare a batch of creamy peanut butter fudge in her honor. Just the smell of it brought back so many great memories.

Fudge was developed in the United states more than 100 years ago. It’s origins are disputed but a popular story states that the orginal recipe came from a bad batch or “fudged” batch or caramel in the late 1800’s. Many subsequent flavors have come about since then! Here in Michigan fudge shops are found in many of our major tourest destinations. It can be quick and easy to make for all of your special occasions. Here is my recipe for creamy peanut butter fudge! Enjoy!

1 c. Softened butter

1 c. Creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. Salt

1lb. Or approximately 3c. Powdered sugar

Line an 8×8 glass pan with foil set aside.

In a medium sauce pan melt the butter and peanut butter together over med-high heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and Add the vanilla and salt till well combined. Add sugar a little at time it will thicken quickly when it is easily pulling away from the sides of the pan it’s ready to pour into your pan. Smooth out the surface with a spatula and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

National Peanut Butter Day

Reposted from January 24th 2012

In my haste to get going on my food-cation, I almost missed out on sharing in the joys of national peanut butter day with you all!

Peanut butter is an American favorite, we make sandwiches with it, cookies with it, pie with it… we make it into sauces, and toppings. It’s a comfort food. I remember very vividly my Dad making sandwiches for us when we were kids. Using the moist Holsum white bread and generously applying about a 1 inch thick layer of peanut butter on it; it was so thick and sticky, but we still looked forward to that special Dad delicacy!

Peanut butter was patented in 1884 by Marcus Gillmore Edson, although the patent described the preparation of a peanut paste, the modern version is credited to American inventor George Washington Carver.  It is made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts with the addition of oil and in some recipes sugar.

A relatively healthful food, peanut butter contains a high level of mono-unsaturated fat ( the heart healthy kind) as well as protein, folate, and fiber.  An average serving of peanut butter contains about 180 calories.  There are even more healthful peanut butter alternatives take for example the newest powdered version PB2.  PB2 is slow roasted peanuts that have been pressed to remove the fat.  The process creates a peanut butter powder with 85% less fat calories than the standard preparation!  PB2 boasts a mere 53 calories per serving and can be mixed with other ingredients to get that rich delicious peanut butter flavor.  A quick PB2 recipe in case you want to give it a try; Mix PB2 with sugar free whipped topping and use as a fruit dip, YUM!

Peanut butter has been used in some other alternative ways as well. For example, who hasn’t heard of using peanut butter to get gum out of hair?  But here is a less widely known use for peanut butter; have you ever made a fabulous pan fried fish fillet in your kitchen only to regret it an hour later because of the smell?  Peanut butter can help.  While your fish fry pan is still hot, drop in a Tbsp of creamy peanut butter and allow it to coat the bottom of the pan, and cook down slightly, it will kill the smell, and the oil in the peanut butter will loosen up fried bits stuck in the pan to make clean up easier!

So, Happy National Peanut Butter Day!! I hope you all celebrate accordingly, I leave you with a simply delightful peanut butter s’more recipe to give try, and now I will be off on previously announced food-cation! Enjoy!!

Peanut Butter S’mores

Ritz crackers

Peanut butter

Large Marshmallow

Spread peanut butter on the crackers and top with a marshmallow, place under the oven broiler until the marshmallows begin to brown. And serve!!