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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Let the Christmas Baking Begin!!!

With only 9 days until Christmas, I figured I better get my butt in gear on the desserts. Not very gung ho about the whole ordeal today ( I'm a bit moody due to lack of sleep), I decided to make Rachael Ray's 5 minute fudge. She had showcased it on Oprah a few years back and it's so easy and very delicious. I made a batch and separated it into 2 small Christmas tins, instead of making a wreath, like she suggests. This would be a perfect inexpensive gift for teachers or neighbors.





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Rachael Ray's 5 Minute Fudge Wreath

1 bag semisweet chocolate morsels (12 ounces)
9 ounces butterscotch morsels (3/4 of a 12 ounce bag)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can or package of walnut halves (8 ounces)
1/2 cup currants (a couple handfuls)
8-inch cake pan, lightly greased with softened butter
Candied red and green cherries, for garnish (optional)

Place a heavy pot on the stove and pre-heat it over low heat. Add chocolate and butterscotch morsels and milk and stir until morsels are melted and milk is combined. Save the empty condensed milk can. Stir in the vanilla and remove the fudge from heat. Add the nuts and currants and stir in immediately.
Cover the empty condensed milk can with plastic wrap and center it in the greased cake pan. Spoon fudge into pan around can, making sure to center the can if it drifts.

The fudge will set up almost immediately. Garnish can only be added in the first minute or two that the fudge is in the pan, so work quickly. Decorate your wreath with "holly" made from cut candied red and green cherries. A wreath left plain can be garnished with a pretty fabric bow when serving.
Chill covered in the refrigerator. Slice the fudge very thin when ready to serve – a little goes a long way!
Cindy's notes: I use Cherry flavored Craisin's for the currants.
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