Sunday, September 2, 2012

nutella fudge

These little squares of deliciousness didn't last long, and I already am craving more! I am definitely picking up some more Nutella at the store this week....

Nutella Fudge
via Not Your Mommas Cookie

Makes 25-35 squares, depending on size

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (you can use unsalted, but the salt brings out the sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 2 1/2 cups – 2 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1. Grease an 8×8 pan. Place the confectioner’s sugar in a mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Melt butter over medium low heat. Add the milk and light brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and quickly add the vanilla and Nutella. Stir until the Nutella is melted.
3. Carefully pour the hot Nutella mixture over the confectioner’s sugar and mix quickly until completely combined. Once everything comes together, it will set pretty fast. Pour/scoop the fudge into your greased 8×8 pan. Press the fudge into the pan, if needed. Chill for 2 hours.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

I made these last week for Cassy's birthday-she requested chocolate cupcakes with german chocolate frosting-not german chocolate cake-so I made the Hershey's recipe and topped them off with this delish frosting! yummm

Coconut Pecan Frosting
via Just a taste

4 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups chopped pecans, toasted
2 cups lightly packed sweetened flaked coconut

Combine the egg yolks, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until combined.
Beat in butter, then gradually beat in heavy cream and vanilla, scraping down sides as necessary.
Pour the mixture into a medium non-stick saucepan. Cook it over low heat, stirring constantly, for 15-20 minutes or just until the mixture thickens and begins to fluff.
Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and let cool until it is room temperature.
Stir in the chopped toasted pecans and flaked coconut.