I’ve been dreaming of peanut butter flavored treats for a while…so instead of making a dessert from my list, I decided to make this instead.
I have found the perfect peanut butter fudge recipe. Why is it perfect? It has only 4 ingredients and uses only the microwave. Simple for a lazy cook like myself! I know there are more complicated recipes out there that might taste better, but I don’t care!
Here is the link for it, I found it on Alton Brown’s food channel website.
- 8 ounces (225 grams) of unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan (this can be a little hard to find, at least in SA)
- 1 cup (236 ml) smooth peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound (.45 kg) powdered sugar (here, they call it “icing sugar”)
Combine the butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. (I didn’t do this and it was just fine.)
|Peanut butter and butter.|
Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Be careful- the bowl is HOT! I used a towel.)
|Hot. Hot. Hot.|
Add the vanilla and powdered (frosting) sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. (I was a little unsure of how to measure my powdered sugar because it was in a 1kg package, or 2.2 pounds. So…I “winged it” and poured out a little less than half my package. Brave, I know. My powdered sugar was really lumpy, so I broke it up as much as I could with a fork, and then tried to mix it as well as I could with my spoon.)
|The lumps made no difference! Phew!|
The mixture will become thicker and (might) lose its sheen.
Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. (I used an oval Corning Ware crock, but if you want all your pieces to be perfectly cut, use a square or rectangle pan.)
Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge. (This helps the top of the fudge be flat- so it will be more “square” when you cut it.)
|It would be smoother if I'd used a pan with right angles.|
Refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours.
|One word. Yum.|
Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. (You can cut it into bigger pieces, however it is pretty rich!)
Song of the Post: Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World.