Thursday, December 18, 2014
White Christmas Frosting Fudge-Improv Challenge
Our leader. Lesa, who blogs over at Edesia’s Notebook picked red and green for this month’s Improv Challenge. I thought of lots of ideas to combine red and green foods for the challenge, even considering doing something with broccoli and red pepper, which would have been nice and healthy.
In the end, something sweet won out. There is the matter of my constant sweet tooth, and it is Christmas time, after all. Since it is Christmas time, I knew the sweet had to be quick and easy, so I decided to make a red and green version of a frosting fudge recipe that first came from Pillsbury, adding chopped candied red cherries and pistachios to the white fudge. With only 5 ingredients and around 20 minutes of actual work time, this is the perfect candy to make during the busy holiday season.
I colored the pistachios with a little green food coloring to make the candy a bit more festive.
White Christmas Frosting Fudge
1 (11-oz.) pkg. white baking chips
1 (15-oz.) can white frosting
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. candied cherries which have been cut into eighths
1/2 c. chopped pistachio nuts
few drops of green food coloring, if desired
If using food coloring on nuts, add, mix and spread nuts out on a piece of waxed paper to dry while you prepare the rest of the candy. Line a 8 or 9-inch square pan with a piece of foil big enough so that the extended ends will fold back over the top of the pan to cover. Place white baking chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 50% power for one minute. Stir. Continue to microwave at 50% power for 20-30 seconds, stirring each time. Stir chips until they are completely smooth. Add white frosting and vanilla and mix until well blended. Stir in cherries and nuts. Scoop into prepared pan. Refrigerate about 1 hour to set. I like to store this candy in the fridge, tightly wrapped and uncut, cutting it as I need it and let the candy set 30 minutes or so to firm up. Makes 64 1-inch pieces.
If you would like to join the Improv Challenge for 2015, you can find all the info on Lesa's Improv Page