Thursday, December 22, 2011

winter solstice

Happy Winter Solstice!

You certainly wouldn't think today was the first day of  winter with the mild weather we have had all month and continue to enjoy. Or  should I say I have enjoyed.  I'm not one for anything winter.  I really was born into the wrong climate.  No skiing, skating or snowman building.  I'll take the beach and a green Christmas any day!  (the photo above was taken last winter) 

Speaking of Christmas, can you believe it's only 3 days away!  I am still not finished my shopping or baking. Today's my last day at work, so all this will get done and 24 hours from now I'll be ready. 
In case you need a quick recipe to add to your Christmas festivities, here's a one for eggnog fudge. 
It's creamy and rich and oh so sweet.  You'll love it. 

Eggnog Fudge
source: browneyedbaker

Yield: 64 pieces
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup eggnog
Pinch of salt
10½ ounces white chocolate, chopped
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus a little more for dusting the top of the fudge
One 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon rum extract

1. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and let it hang over the side; set aside.

2. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, eggnog and salt over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 8 to 10 minutes, until a candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

3. Using a wooden spoon, work quickly to stir in chopped white chocolate and nutmeg until chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in marshmallow creme and rum extract. Beat until well blended and then pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle a little freshly ground nutmeg on top. Let stand at room temperature until cooled, then refrigerate overnight until firm.

4. When completely cool, cut into squares. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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