Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cooking with beer - Gooey Beer Fudge

The holidays are a time for making merry and indulging in special treats. My mom always made homemade fudge for the holidays.

What's better than ooey, gooey, chewy fudge? Ooey, gooey, chewy fudge made with beer! Duh!

Made with a sweet malty winter beer like Holiday Ale or Wassail makes ordinary fudge something super special. Sweet and delicious with just a hint of beer flavor.

The perfect sweet indulgance for the beer enthusiast.

Gooey Beer Fudge

12 Ounces Winter Warmer Or Holiday Ale
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 14-Ounce Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1-1/2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoons Honey
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Pour beer and 2 tablespoons of the butter int a large sauce. Stir constantly over medium high heat for about 30 minutes until it becomes syrupy. Lower heat a bit if mixture begins to bubble up.

When the beer is the constence of honey stir in the condensed milk, honey, vanilla and remaining butter. Continue to stir.

Once the butter has melted and the ingredients are well combined, mix in the brown sugar and chocolate chips.  Stir constantly as the chocolate melts.

Continue to stir for about 15 minutes. Do not allow the fudge to come to a boil; decrease heat, as necessary.

Test for doneness by drizzling a little fudge in a cup of ice water. If it forms a soft, pliable ball, then it's done.

You can spread the fudge into a small greased casserole dish or do what I did and spoon one tablespoon of fudge into mini muffin wrappers.  

Sprinkle with the nuts, if desired.

Cover and allow to come to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator to finish setting; allow to sit 4 hours or overnight before diving in.

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