Saturday, March 17, 2012

One Sweet Day....What about Yours???

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2012!!!! do you describe YOUR Annual St. Patrick's Day Tradition?? 

My annual tradition seems to consist of a parade, a 5K race, green beer, live music, tons of people and not to mention corned beef and flying leprechauns (sweet!!!.....). While I am not Irish, I look forward to this day every year since it reminds me to enjoy life one moment at a time.  

However this year, I decided to change it up a little. Why not right?! Life is always full of surprises and some a little sweeter than others. I am throwing all of this tradition out the window and venturing into a new day.  So while this post is short and sweet....I wish you the best safe and enjoy those around you! 

And if you have figured out the "hints" in this post....I offer you a sweet - Praline Fudge. 

Praline Fudge
adapted from Cook's Country Magazine - Brown Sugar Fudge

3 C Light Brown Sugar, packed
1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Tsp Vanilla
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 C Pecans, chopped

Line a 8-inch square baking pan with foil. Grease foil and set aside. 

In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, cream, butter, vanilla and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 6 minutes or until temp reaches 234 degrees (soft ball stage). Remove from heat and allow to cool about 50 minutes or until internal temp reaches 120 degrees.  

Using a wooden spoon, stir vigorously until mixture lightens and is no longer shiny about 5 minutes.  Stir in pecans and stir an additional 2 minutes. Spread into prepared pan and let sit until firm in fridge. 

When ready to serve, take out of pan and remove foil. Cut into 1-inch squares. 

Hints: Use light brown sugar and not dark since dark will make the taste too intense. Also, instead of pecans you can mix in any other ideas and see what happens....why not have a little fun!!!

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