Happy Sunday...so hard to believe that by this time next week, Christmas will be over for another year. But...we'll still have our 7th wedding anniversary to celebrate on 12/27 and New Year's Eve on the calendar to wind down the 2010 holiday season!! I want to start this post by announcing the winner of the Ruby et Violette 10-cookie bakery box giveaway. The winner is....
14 - Monet of the lovely blog Anecdotes and Apple Cores!! Definitely go check out her blog if you haven't. Monet has a very warm and personal writing style, and her recipes are always amazing!! I'll be in touch via e-mail to get your mailing information so I can forward your cookie selections to Ruby et Violette and they can get your cookies right out to you!
I've been taking part in a fun holiday cooking project called Merry Mondays at Claire Cooks. This week's theme is fudge, so I whipped up a yummy fudge today. Truth told? I made a batch of Eggnog Fudge for a work party earlier this week, but I didn't think it was blog-worthy. The flavor was good, but the texture was a bit too sticky and soft for my liking. So I regrouped and tried a simple white fudge recipe that I flavored with craisins (dried cranberries) and pistachios. To make it just a bit more "grown up," I added a bit of Grand Marnier for flavor.
White Fudge With Grand Marnier, Pistachios, and Craisins
adapted from Pillsbury
Step 1: Add a 12-ounce bag of white chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes, until melted. Stop to stir every 30 seconds.
Note: I find that Nestle Premier White tend to consistently melt smoothly.
Step 2: Add the following ingredients to the melted chocolate: 1 container Pillsbury cream cheese icing, 3/4 cup craisins, 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, and 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier.
Step 3: Stir well to combine. At this point, you can spread the fudge in an 8x8 pan lined with foil. I opted to put the fudge into a 12-cup silicone cupcake pan because I was out of foil. It worked really great!
Step 4: Put the container in the fridge to set up for 1-2 hours. At this point, you can cut the fudge into small squares or pop it out of your silicone pan. Arrange on a serving platter, or put into an air-tight storage container.
This fudge is super easy to whip up, and the flavor is really nice. It reminds me a bit of that southern holiday staple, divinity. But this takes 10 minutes to whip up and doesn't require a candy thermometer. Just a microwave...and the willpower to give it time to set up before eating!