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3341  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 05, 2011 04:47:57 AM
Oh no SKooKuM!  Hope you're feeling better soon!
3342  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Butterbeer Fudge - 3 Variations & Printable Recipe Cards on: June 04, 2011 03:56:51 PM
The macadamia nuts are just plain macadamia nuts.  Looks like I had a cut and paste failure there.  I just edited the post to correct it.  Cheesy
3343  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 04, 2011 03:24:50 PM
Butterbeer Fudge recipes are posted!!!  (With pretty recipe cards to download too!)
3344  COOKING / Dessert / Butterbeer Fudge - 3 Variations & Printable Recipe Cards on: June 04, 2011 02:59:13 PM
Ever since I saw a listing for Butterbeer Fudge on Etsy, I knew I had to try making some myself.  In an effort to "get it right the first time", I decided to do several different variations all at once, then have friends taste test them all and report back on the findings.  Below is each of the recipes, and some opinions on flavors.  

Meanwhile....  I also thought it would be a great opportunity to try out Craftster's awesome new attachments feature.  So, at the end of this post you will also find a PDF of pretty printable recipe cards for each of the three variations.



Batch #1
Prof. Pinkleo's Butterbeeriest Fudge

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1  cups butterscotch Chips
cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
 teaspoon vanilla nut & butter extract
teaspoon rum extract

Directions
1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.

2. Combine sugar, marshmallow creme, evaporated milk and butter in heavy 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full boil; boil and stir 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat; gradually add the butterscotch and white chocolate chips, cup at a time, stirring until the chips are completely melted. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan; cool.

4. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Remove from pan; place on cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into squares. Store tightly covered in refrigerator. About 5 dozen pieces or about 2-1/4 pounds candy.

Verdict: This fudge has the most intense butterscotch flavor, and is definitely the softest of the 3 batches.  I personally found the butterscotch flavor a bit too strong when I first tried the fudge.  (I've always pictured Butterbeer as being essentially an ale, with a butterscotch note to it, rather than reminiscent of sundae topping syrup.)  After sitting in the fridge for a few days however, I found the flavor had mellowed considerably.  This was the hands down favorite amongst Pinkleo and her kiddos, and has therefore been named in her honor.  Also important to note that this one melted the most in transit.  So if you are planning on shipping some to a friend, I recommend using one of the next two recipes.


Batch #2
Jennie's Favorite Butterbeer Fudge

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch Chips
1 cup chopped macadamia suts
teaspoon vanilla nut butter extract
teaspoon rum extract

Directions
1. Line 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.

2. Combine sugar, marshmallow creme, evaporated milk and butter in heavy 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil; boil and stir 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in white chocolate and butterscotch chips, cup at a time, stirring until the chips are completely melted.  Stir in the macadamia nuts. Stir in the vanilla nut butter and rum extracts. Pour into prepared pan; cool until set.

4. Remove from pan; place on cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into squares. Store tightly covered in cool, dry place. About 5 dozen pieces or 2-1/4 pounds candy.

Verdict: This is my personal favorite of the three recipes, as well as Ex_Gratia and her family's.  It has a milder butterscotch flavor than batch one, due to the inclusion of a higher ratio of white chocolate chips.  It is sweet and mild, with a vanilla-nut-butter topnote, and a butterscotch finish.  This is also a firmer fudge, which feels almost "al dente" when you bite into it.  The macadamia nuts are definitely great in this.  Their mild flavor doesn't compete with the butterscotch the same way the walnuts did in batch #1, but their crunch is lovely.  It held it's shape better in shipping than batch #1, but if you are thinking of mailing it, I'd either wait till cooler weather or go for batch #3.


Batch #3
Gratia's Grownup Butterbeer Fudge

Ingredients
Fudge
1 cup Butterscotch Chips
1 cup  White Chocolate Chips
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 cup chopped walnuts
teaspoon vanilla nut butter extract
tsp rum extract
Topping
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
tsp vanilla nut butter extract

Directions
1. Line 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.

2. Melt white chocolate and butterscotch chips with sweetened condensed milk in medium saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth.  (If doing this with children, you can also do this step in the microwave.  Set it to medium and start with a 30 second heating.  Then do 10 or 15 second bursts, stopping to stir each time.)

3. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts, as well as vanilla nut butter & rum extracts. Spread into prepared pan.

4. Meanwhile, place 1 cup white chocolate chips and ⅓ cup condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on MEDIUM for 30 seconds, stir.  Continue microwaving at 10 second intervals, stirring between each, until chips are completely melted. Stir in vanilla nut butter extract.

5. Pour mixture over fudge, in light ribbons, trying to spread it out as evenly as possible.  You want a thin and even top layer that covers the whole pan.

6. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Use foil to lift fudge out of pan; peel off foil. Cut fudge into squares. About 3 dozen pieces or 1-1/2 pounds fudge.

Verdict: This batch is the firmest of the three, and held it's shape in shipment surprisingly well. The top layer of white chocolate looks like the foamy head on the top of a glass of freshly poured butterbeer, which is a definite plus.  It also has the added benefit of being able to be made totally in the microwave, and therefore safer for kids & teens to make on their own.  The cute top layer however made this batch a little to heavily vanilla for me.  If I were to repeat this recipe, I would probably tweak it so as to add more butterscotch chips and less vanilla in the main portion of the fudge (maybe 1 1/2 cups butterscotch & 1/2 cup white chocolate) so that the vanilla on top would be more of a contrast.  That however, would probably also make the fudge itself softer, and more melty when shipping.  

Finally a note about the name:  Good friend, former student, and swap co-organizer Ex_Gratia has just graduated and gotten her first full-time professional job working at Louisville Ballet!  Since the top layer of the fudge made it resemble a real beer, I thought it appropriate to name it after my now "grownup" friend.

NOTE: For best results, do not double ANY of these recipes.

Remember, click below to download all three recipes on beautiful 4'x6" recipe cards!
3345  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beaded bookmarks - birthday present for a bibliophile on: June 04, 2011 04:14:04 AM
These came out great dear!  (And I love the Polaroids. Wink)
3346  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mermaid charm bracelet on: June 04, 2011 04:12:46 AM
april, I'm not sure how I missed this one.  It's LOVELY!  Really well done.  I love the spirals mixed in with the charms, shells and beads.  So very wisted.
3347  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Everyday Inspiration Bracelet on: June 03, 2011 08:36:15 AM
While making several Doctor's Companion Bracelets lately, I've been ordering and using a great many of these Muse Tokens, by Tim Holtz.  All the tokens are lovely, but I've only been using the "Wonderful" tokens in my companion charm bracelets.  Problem is that each package only contains one of the "Wonderful" tokens that I need, leaving me with 11 other tokens to find uses for.  The other tokens included in the mix are Significant, Thoughts, Moments, Unique, Excellence, Courageous, Genuine, Knowledge, Lifetime, Forevermore, and Journey.  For the past few weeks I've been trying to find ways to use them up.  (See the Doctor Who, Gryffindor & Ravenclaw results here.)

Finally, I decided that I needed a way to use up several of the remaining tokens at once.  I liked the idea of doing something that mixed up the metallics, instead of sticking to one color.  Out of all the tokens, the ones I had been able to come up with the least uses for were the antiqued copper Significant, Thoughts, Moments, and Unique, and the antique bronze Excellence and Genuine. This bracelet was an attempt to get as many of them together as possible, and is based on the idea that all of us need a little extra inspiration sometimes.



Aside from the Muse tokens, the bracelet also features a silver feather, a copper quatrefoil, an antique brass angel, a gunmetal scrolly bit, a coppery flower, and a brass key, all mixed in with chunky deep purple Czech glass beads.  Now I just have about 6 more copies of each of those copper tokens to come up with uses for...
3348  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who, Ravenclaw & Grffindor Bracelet & Earring Sets on: June 03, 2011 08:27:12 AM
While making several Doctor's Companion Bracelets lately, I've been ordering and using a great many of these Muse Tokens, by Tim Holtz.  All the tokens are lovely, but I've only been using the "Wonderful" tokens in my companion charm bracelets.  Problem is that each package only contains one of the "Wonderful" tokens that I need, leaving me with 11 other tokens to find uses for.  The other tokens included in the mix are Significant, Thoughts, Moments, Unique, Excellence, Courageous, Genuine, Knowledge, Lifetime, Forevermore, and Journey.  

Earlier this week, I created some more Doctor Who related sets with them.  Using the Journey token and some TARDIS blue beads I made these two sets of Journey Bracelets & I Love the Doctor Earrings.  The first is made of opaque blue glass, and the second is blueberry quartz.



Blueberry Quartz


Last night I continued on that same theme, but focused on some Harry Potter goodies.  I created a Gryffindor themed Courageous Bracelet and Brave at Heart Earrings set out of deep red glass and amber fire-polished Czech glass beads.  The earrings are made from red glass hearts and Swarovski crystal bicones.  


While I was at it, I did a Ravenclaw themed set too.  Knowledge Bracelet and Wise Owl Earrings.  And yes, I know the colors of Ravenclaw house are blue and bronze in the book, but as I had silver Knowledge tokens to use up, I went with the movie color scheme of blue and silver instead.  And they really do look rather pretty together, if I do say so myself.
3349  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 03, 2011 04:28:02 AM
Ok, pinkleo & Ex_Gratia have officially received their samples of my various batches of Butterbeer Fudge.  I promise to write up recipes today, and then combine that with their opinions this afternoon for a full report.   Kiss
3350  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: May 31, 2011 03:28:56 PM
I've also been working on three blankets (it's really not a good idea to that in this heat, but they're gifts for friends) so I've been watching a lot of TV while making them. After rewatching the Harry Potter series, I've gone through the entire series of 'The Office,' four seasons of X Files, and the first season of 24- I am completely in love with Netflix  Cheesy

Me too!  Netflix keeps me sane.  I've been making a ton of charm bracelets for my Etsy lately, and I've gone through a whole lot of Demetri Martin and Trailer Park Boys, while doing endless bead pins.  Cheesy
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