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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Microwave Fudge

I have to have chocolate recipes on the blog! For a delicious treat that's fast and easy, use your microwave to make fudge.

1 lb. powdered sugar (1 small box)
1/2 c. cocoa
1/4 c. milk
1 stick butter (I use Parkay.)

1 tbsp. vanilla (real, no fake!)
1/2 c. chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)

In microwaveable bowl (glass is good), blend sugar and cocoa. I make a well in the middle and add milk and butter. Cook 2-3 minutes in microwave. Stir til moist.

Now quick! Add vanilla and nuts and mix and a pinch of salt if you want. Pour into a greased dish (8 in. pan or even a pie pan) and refrigerate 1 hour - or as long as you can stand it.

I'd say to keep it in the fridge because it's a soft fudge, but who has leftovers? This last time I made it, I used half and half instead of milk. The fudge came out firmer, but just as good. This fudge is so easy that you can experiment all you want. Add coconut or peanuts or marshmallows. Great to make when you're in a hurry and an easy way to make a homemade gift for someone. Put the pieces in a pretty box or tin with a bow.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Warm Pineapple Sauce for Ham

This year, I decided to make a sauce to dip the Coca-Cola Ham in or pour over.


1/4 c. water
1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. mustard (I used honey dijon.)
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
Onion powder - 1/2 tsp?? I don't know. I add to taste.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.


1/2 c. water
1 tbsp. cornstarch

Add to sauce. Cook stirring until clear.

I put mine in a fondue pot to keep it nice and hot. I have a teeny crockpot some place, but couldn't find it, but that would work well, too. Dip or slather. Enjoy!