Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge....it's AMAZING

One of my husbands favorite candies is Chocolate Covered Cherries. I have never been a big fan. Not sure why, but that's just the way it goes. Now that he is overseas, I have been craving any part of him I can bring into my life. Since I have been on a fudge kick lately...(and I must admit...I am GOOD!) I decided to shape a fudge flavor around his favorite candy. The challenge was deciding whether to make a layered fudge, cherry one layer and chocolate another layer. Mmmmmmaybe too sweet. Cherry fudge covered in dark chocolate however? NICE! THEN there was the problem of not having anyone to make it for. Le Sigh. When I found out that Jessie (THE CakeSpy) was going to be in the New England area I KNEW I had a perfect recipient! The fudge....it is AMAZING! CakeSpy...AMAZING (as if you wouldn't have known that already!) Well, it was so good, I decided to share the recipe with you. I have a few online stores I like to use for my baking needs and I just discovered a new one that I really like. Their name is Nuts Online. The best name for an online food company....maybe not but great customer service and product. That is where I got the freeze dried Cherries. ( I LOVE THEM!) My boys certainly enjoyed it! So here's the recipe. I would love to know what you think!! Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge 1/3 cup freeze dried cherries 1/4 cup unsweetened black cherry vodka 12 ounces white chocolate 7 ounces marshmallow fluff 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 Cup sugar 2/3 cup heavy cream pinch salt 1 tsp. Wild cherry candy flavoring red food coloring (I use Americolor gel) 12 ounces dark chocolate chopped small 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil Spray the inside of a disposable 8x8 pan (or line an 8x8 pan with tin foil and spray) with Pam or other flavorless spray oil. Crush the cherries a few times to make some smaller chunks (I only hit mine 3 times lightly), place into small bowl and pour vodka over it and set aside. Place white chocolate and marshmallow fluff in a large bowl and set aside. Combine butter, sugar, cream and salt in medium heavy bottomed saucepan. Set over medium heat and whisk vigorously until it reaches 235 degrees. Immediately pour mixture over the chocolate and fluff. With hand mixer combine until it comes together all silky smooth like. Add the candy flavoring and food coloring and mix until combined. Strain the cherries and fold into the fudge then pour into the prepared 8x8 pan. Allow to set for about an hour until cooled, then let it firm up in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Cut your fudge into squares...as big or as little as you like Mmmmmm....Cherry fudge. Slap those suckers into the freezer for a few hours or until frozen through. While they are freezing start melting the chocolate In double boiler or glass bowl over simmering water, combine chocolate and oil. Stir until melted then remove from heat. Now DIP! As you can see, I used a fork. Be sure to tap the fork on the side of the bowl several times to get all the excess chocolate then place on parchment paper set on a cookie sheet You might want to place them in the fridge for a few minutes to help the chocolate firm up. So So So good! Enjoy! And be good sweet readers....but not too good! (that's boring)

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