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Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, fudge, maple | 2 comments

It’s holiday time, so that means it’s time for super-fast microwave Maple Cookie Fudge!

Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

“But Beth,” I hear you saying, “You just featured a fudge recipe a month ago!”

Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

Aha! I did indeed. That pumpkin fudge is delicious indeed, with its texture and taste like pumpkin frosting, but it also gets soft if it’s not kept chilled. THIS fudge recipe has endurance. Fortitude. Maple.

Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

This is a shortcut fudge without any need of a candy thermometer or stress. I like to use the microwave, but you can use the stovetop if you want. You can keep the maple cookies chunky, if you desire, or grind everything to crumbs–your choice! I actually like some small chunks mixed in for texture.

Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

The maple flavor is nice and consistent here, not cloying, while the marshmallow fluff grants the texture some extra oomph. If you want, you can add in some nuts as well, but if you keep your cookies kinda chunky, they can add some nut-like texture to the squares.

This would be the perfect quick fudge to make for a holiday party where everything needs to stay out on a counter for hours! The leftovers will keep very well in a sealed container in the fridge, too.

Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

Come to think of it, this maple cookie fudge is just about perfect if you ignore the pesky nutritional side of things.

Bready or Not: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

This Bready or Not Original uses maple crème cookies as the base of a fantastic microwave fudge. The fudge should be stored in the fridge, but also keeps very well at room temperature for parties and potlucks.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, fudge, maple, no bake, quick fudge
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 20 maple crème cookies crushed/chopped/maimed
  • 7 ounce marshmallow fluff jar
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk can
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup nuts chopped walnuts/pecans/macadamia, optional

Instructions

  • Prepare a 9x13 pan by lining it with foil and applying nonstick spray.
  • Either in microwave or on stovetop, carefully melt chocolate with canned milk and marshmallow cream. If microwaving, do it in short bursts because it can burn fast! Stir often.
  • When the mix is smooth, add the maple flavor and vanilla. Fold in the maple cookies. Use an uneven spatula to smooth out the top.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until the fudge is firm. Cut into bite size pieces. Keep stored in fridge between layers of wax paper. Unlike some other quick fudges, this will keep well for hours at room temperature.
  • OM NOM NOM!

 

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Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, fudge, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

Is frosting your favorite part of cake? Well, do I have a fudge recipe for you!

Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

This easy microwave fudge tastes like pumpkin spice frosting. It’s that rich. That delicious. This makes a big batch, so cut the pieces small and share with a crowd!

Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

The original version of this recipe used peanut butter. Well, you know me. Why go with cliché peanut butter when you can use creamy COOKIE BUTTER? Use Biscoff, Speculoose, or any of the new off-brand versions–heck, my local Sprouts even has their own cookie butter now!

Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

In baked recipes, cookie butter makes cooked goodies taste like cookie dough. Here, that effect is much more mild. It adds a lovely color and helps the pumpkin and spices to shine through.

Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

Make this for a potluck or family gathering, and share the joy of cookie butter and pumpkin spice!

Modified from Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge at Crazy for Crust.

Bready or Not: Quick Cookie Butter Pumpkin Fudge

This easy microwave fudge tastes like pumpkin spice frosting! The recipe makes a lot of fudge, and note that it softens very fast at room temperature. Keep it chilled!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, cookie butter, fudge, pumpkin, quick fudge
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Biscoff or Speculoos or other brand cookie butter
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • turbinado sugar optional

Instructions

  • Line an 8x8-inch pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray. Measure out all of your ingredients and have them at hand.
  • Place white chocolate chips and cookie butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on 50% power for 45 seconds--and stay close, because white chocolate can burn fast in the microwave. Stir well, then continue heating on 50% power in 25 second increments, stirring between each bout, until melted and smooth.
  • (Yes, you could also do this in a saucepan over medium-low heat on the stovetop, but that wouldn't be quite as quick!)
  • Once the chocolate and cookie butter are blended with no lumps, immediately stir in the pumpkin puree, spice, and vanilla extract. Combine it as fast as you can. Pour the fudge batter into the prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle turbinado sugar and some more pumpkin spice over the top.
  • Place in fridge to set for several hours before cutting and serving--this makes a lot! Keep stored in a sealed container in fridge, with blocks of fudge between layers of wax paper or parchment. The fudge softens fast at room temperature.
  • OM NOM NOM!

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Bready or Not: Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, fudge | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge

Life might really suck. But don’t worry. Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge loves you.

Bready or Not: Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge

This fudge exists in Zen. It simply is. It does not think. It is here. A thing that you may partake of, a thing that makes stress fade away as dulce de leche-smooth chocolate melts on your tongue.

Its creation is fairly peaceful, too. This fudge is super easy. It comes together in just a few minutes if you use your microwave.

Bready or Not: Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge

You can find cans of dulce de leche by the sweetened condensed milk in the grocery store, or on the Hispanic foods aisle. You can also caramelize a can of sweetened condensed milk to make it yourself.

I used bittersweet chocolate for the top layer. I’m not a bitter or dark chocolate sort, but it really works well here with the mild sweetness of the fudge. And the salt—the salt is essential. Coarse salt is nice because it keeps in crystals on the top—I really recommend pretzel salt, if you have it around.

Bready or Not: Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge

However you tweak the recipe, know that the end result will love you, and you will love it, and all will be right in the world for about twenty-two seconds. Until you eat more fudge.

Modified from Easy Salted Caramel Fudge at Something Swanky, with my version originally posted at the Holy Taco Church.

Bready or Not: Salted Dulce de Leche Fudge

This microwave fudge comes together in minutes for a treat that is sweet and indulgent. Store it in the fridge for as long as a week!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chocolate, no bake, quick fudge
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 13 - 14 ounce Dulce de Leche can
  • 3 cups white chocolate chips or white candy melts
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips or bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 - 2 pinches coarse salt pretzel salt or kosher

Instructions

  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with foil or parchment. Apply non-stick cooking spray. Measure out the two kinds of chocolate, separately, and open the can.
  • Over low heat in the microwave or on the stovetop, melt the white chocolate. Once it is smooth and completely melted, mix in the dulce de leche and a pinch of salt. Stir until the color is consistent. It will be very thick.
  • Glop it into the prepared baking dish and smooth out the top with a rubber or offset spatula.
  • Melt the darker chocolate morsels in the microwave; 30 seconds, stir, then another 20-30 seconds should do it. Pour the melted chocolate over the fudge. Even it out with your trusty spatula. Sprinkle salt over the top.
  • Let it cool completely on the counter or in the fridge for 3-4 hours, until it's set. The chocolate top will likely crackle some as you cut it, but that's okay. It makes tasty crumbs. Cut into small squares.
  • Leftovers will keep sealed in fridge for upwards of a week.
  • OM NOM NOM!

 

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Bready or Not: Tunnel of Fudge Cake (redux)

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, bundt, cake, chocolate, fudge | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Tunnel of Fudge Cake (redux)

The Clockwork Crown is out! YAAAAAY! Now here’s the cake to celebrate. THE cake. The infamous Tunnel of Fudge Cake.

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

I originally posted this back in May 2012. I figured that for this splendiferous occasion, it deserved a repost. This is one of the most amazing cakes I have ever encountered. I mean, LOOK AT IT.

You just gained five pounds by looking at that picture. I’m sorry.

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

To quote my original post:
As you can see, it’s a bundt cake. It cooks up and creates its own middle layer of fudge inside. When the cake is fresh, it oozes out in an amazing way. After it has been in the fridge, honestly, it tastes even better. The middle solidifies so it’s like there are two layers of fudgy frosting, one on the inside and one on the outside. You also have this whole mingling of textures thing going on: cakey chocolate, fudgy chocolate, chocolate glaze, walnuts, chocolate, chocolate, chhhhhhocolate.

If you don’t like nuts or have allergies–sorry, this cake really does need them. I think they provide some scaffolding for the massive quantities of chocolate.

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

I can add some experience from making this a few times, too. The leftovers are easy to handle. Line a small pan with wax paper. Slice the cake however you want and place the pieces on the pan. Freeze them. Bag them. When you want to serve a slice, remove from freezer and zap it in the microwave until it’s as thawed or hot as you want.

Recipe is adapted from Relish Magazine, and originally in Bundt Cake Bliss by Susanna Short.

Bready or Not: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

The ultimate cake for any chocoholic. The core is like fudge. It's even better after a day in the fridge.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: bundt cake, cake, chocolate
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 6 eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 2 cups walnuts or pecans, chopped

Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk or half and half

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan. One option is to melt 1tablespoon butter, mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder into it, then brush the sides of the bundt pan. Or use nonstick spray or butter and sprinkle flour or cocoa powder into the pan.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and cocoa powder and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix thoroughly. Stir in flour mixture by hand until well blended. Gently stir in nuts. Batter will be thick and rather mud-like. Spoon all of the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is set and the edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Do NOT use the toothpick test. You don't want the center to solidify with this cake.
  • Cool cake upright in the pan on a wire rack for 1 1/2 hours to allow fudge to set. Invert onto a plate to cool thoroughly. Make sure the cake is completely cool before you add the glaze.
  • To prepare glaze, combine sifted confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Add 2 tablespoons milk. Mix thoroughly, and add more milk if needed to create a smooth but pourable glaze. Spoon glaze over top of cake, allowing some to run down sides.
  • This can be eaten fresh but is even better after being in the fridge overnight. The chocolate flavor deepens. It can also be frozen in slices and thawed/warmed in microwave.
  • OM NOM NOM and take an insulin injection.
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Bready or Not: Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate, fudge | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

If you can’t make up your mind about whether you want fudge or brownies, I have the perfect recipe for you.

Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

Eat these straight out of the fridge, and you have brownies with a sweet cookie dough taste. Let them warm up to room temperature, and you have chocolately cookie dough fudge.

I found the original recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine. When I visited my hometown last Thanksgiving, my mom handed me a stack of magazines to go through when I unshackled myself from the computer. See, I was zooming through the rough draft of “The Deepest Poison,” and food magazines provided me with a happy, no-effort brain break.

Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

I mixed up the recipe to make it my own. I added marshmallows. I tweaked amounts. Don’t let all the steps in the directions intimidate you. You can make this in layers over a day or so. The leftovers will keep well in a sealed container in the fridge, too.

Do keep in mind that this makes a 9×13 pan. That’s a lot of sweet cookie dough brownie-fudge love, people.

Greatly modified from Two-Tone Fudge Brownies from Taste of Home June/July 2001

Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

 

Bready or Not: Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

Eat these straight out of the fridge, and you have brownies with a sweet cookie dough taste. Let them warm up to room temperature, and you have chocolately cookie dough fudge. Awesome either way!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: bars, brownies, chocolate
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

Brownie layer:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows about half a 10 ounce bag

Cookie dough layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips mini chips work well

Ganache:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips

Instructions

Brownie layer

  • Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips. Let them cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in the melted chocolate. Combine flour and baking soda, and slowly mix into the wet ingredients. Stir in the walnuts and half of the marshmallows.
  • Glop it into the ready pan and spread the dough out evenly. Top it with the remaining marshmallows. Bake it for 18-22 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test. Allow to completely cool.

Cookie dough layer

  • Cream the butter and two sugars, then add the milk and vanilla extract. Gradually add the flour. Add the chocolate chips last.
  • Dollop the dough on top of the brownies and use an offset spatula to form a thin layer across the top. Set it in the fridge to chill for an hour or so.

Ganache

  • Set chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until you can stir it smoothly. Use an offset spatula to smooth it over the cookie dough layer. Set it at room temperature or chill in fridge to set.
  • Use the aluminum foil to lift the brownies out for easy cutting. I found it cut smoothest with the brownies flipped over, chocolate on the bottom. Note that the chocolate will still likely shatter some as you cut it.
  • Brownies are best chilled and stored in the fridge. If kept at room temperature for a while, they soften a lot and become very fudge-like, but firm up again when chilled. It's awesome either way.

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    Bready or Not: Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake mix, fudge, lemon | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    No foolin’. Back in December, I shared my Cake Batter Fudge to rave reviews. Soon after that, I noted a box of lemon cake mix in my pantry that I needed to use.

    Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    I got to thinking, “What if…?” I searched on Pinterest and couldn’t find any recipes that used cake mix for lemon fudge.
    Therefore, I resolved to make my own.

    I figured the amount of lemon extract used for a cookie recipe should also work for a fudge recipe. Bingo!

    Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    The crazy thing about this fudge is that it tastes just like lemon cake and icing all in one. It’s weird in a way, because your brain realizes that the texture isn’t right for either, but the taste nails it.

    No joke!

    Based on my recipe for Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge.

    Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    Bready or Not: Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    Course: Dessert
    Keyword: no bake, quick fudge
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    A Bready or Not Original

    • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp lemon cake mix any brand, sifted
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
    • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick) cut into chunks (or use unsalted and add a pinch of salt)
    • 1/4 cup milk almond milk works
    • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
    • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles/non pareils/jimmies

    Instructions

    • Line an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside. Measure the white chocolate chips and the sprinkles in separate dishes so they are ready to add quickly.
    • Mix sifted cake mix and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and butter, without stirring, and microwave for 2 minutes.
    • Promptly mix ingredients until the butter is fully melted and incorporated. The batter will be very thick. Fold in white chocolate and lemon extract. Add the sprinkles last and stir gently so they don't leak too much color.
    • Scoop into prepared baking pan. Level it across the top. Chill the fudge in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before cutting into small blocks.
    • Fudge will keep upwards of a week in the fridge, if it lasts that long.

    OM NOM NOM

       

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