Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Microwave Fudge

1 lb powdered sugar
¾ c cocoa
½ c margarine (1 stick)
¼ c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix* together sugar and cocoa in a large bowl (the largest one that will fit but still have plenty of room to mix). Make a small well in the center of the mixture and add milk and margarine, but DO NOT STIR. Put in microwave on High for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until margarine has melted and milk is bubbling. Remove and add vanilla; mix well*. Add nuts if desired. Pour into greased 8x8 pan. Place in freezer for ½ hour or refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into bit-sized pieces.

*The trick to this recipe is to not get powered sugar clumps in your fudge. To avoid this, I initially blend the sugar and cocoa using a wire whisk or beater. This helps break up chunks. Once it is out of the microwave, have everything ready, use a hand held mixer and work fast. That way you have plenty of time to blend the mixture thoroughly, getting rid of any clumps, before it hardens.

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