Lately I've definitely been favouring easy recipes and after the banana ice cream recipe this fudge is definitely the easiest thing I've ever baked! I don't think you can even really call it baking as all it includes is microwaving and stirring! While we were in Cornwall I got it into my head that I needed to make some fudge while we were there (it was either fudge or pastys). I chose a traditional fudge recipe and set about boiling and stirring. Although it felt like I was boiling and stirring and stirring and boiling for HOURS - the fudge still didn't set. It was very sad.
However in my sadness I stumbled across this recipe and I'm pretty sure I have never tried yummier fudge in my life! And it only takes 5 minutes. It is quite literally a miracle!
5 Minute Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe - (originally from Joy of Baking)
- 1 cup of smooth peanut butter (240ml)
- 230g of slightly salted butter (1 cup)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 450g icing sugar (4 cups)
Step One: Strangely, the hardest part of this recipe is lining the tin! The fudge is very squidgy and formed by the time you put it in the tin so you have to make sure your lining is well stuck down. You can use greaseproof paper or tin foil and the recipe recommends an 8x8inch tin. I lined my tin with butter before greaseproof paper to make sure the paper wouldn't move around when I put the fudge in.
Step Two: Place the peanut butter, butter and salt in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for two minutes on high then stir until the ingredients are combined. Continue to microwave and stir until all the ingredients are melted.
Step Three: Stir in the vanilla extract and icing sugar until all ingredients are combined.
Step Four: Spread the fudge into the prepared tin and use a spatula to smooth the top over.
Step Five: Place in the fridge and chill for at least two hours (but the longer you keep it in the harder it will be)
Step Six: Enjoy your DELICIOUS fudge.
Even if you've never made fudge before, or even if you've never baked before, I would seriously recommend trying this recipe, it's fun, quick, easy and I promise you that you will never be more popular than after bringing out a bowl of this fudge.