Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holiday Fudge

Fudge making has it's own funny stories. This is just one of them. Below is a recipe too.

Weezy had the pan ready with the family recipe for 'Rich Cocoa Fudge'. Her mother in law had made it for years for the holidays. She'd found it on the back of a 'Hershey' cocoa fudge can. Weezy carefully measured the cocoa and the sugar, salt and milk. She let it come to a rolling boil and let it boil to the soft ball stage. She'd found it easy to do over the years but sometimes it just didn't set. That meant she'd end up with a goopey mess.

It seemed this was one of those times. Shermy smiled and took a teaspoon out to taste the goopey mixture. "Well, it still tastes great! Maybe I'll put it in my coffee." Weezy smiled as she knew her husband was always being nice about her botched cooking experiences. She remembered the first time she'd tried to make homemade bread. The dough bounced off the table and onto the floor with a dull thud.

Another time, she'd tried to make salsbury steaks. It was too tough for the dog to chew on.

"It's no use dear. There is butter in it and can't be used for coffee." Weezy sighed and her husband shook his head. He knew his wife was upset but also knew enough to leave her alone.

Sherm sat down with his paper and Weezy asked the Lord for help. Proverbs 14:32 came to her mind. "When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge." Weezy wasn't the world's best cook but she knew the one who was. Jesus could make fish taste good for breakfast so what could he do with fudged fudge? Weezy prayed as she cleaned up the kitchen.

"I'm not dead yet!! I can't afford to throw away food, Lord. What to do? Jeff can't use it in his coffee." All of a sudden Weezy knew the answer. Coffee cake! She made the best coffee cake and the recipe was so simple. Usually she mixed butter and brown sugar with cinnamon to put on top. Well, how about fudge? She gave it a try. Soon the apartment smelled wonderful.

That night Shermy was astounded with chocolate coffee cake. It tasted like a warm fudge brownie. Weezy hadn't mixed the fudge in, but chose to drop the gooey stuff on top of the cake batter. It looked like a marble cake. "This is absolutely delicious" Sherm said in between mouthfuls.

"Oh, it was nothing! No really, it WAS nothing but now it is really something!" Isn't that exactly what the Lord does for us? He takes our nothingness and makes it into something wonderful.

Below is my recipe for coffee cake. I did not create it, but do not remember where I found it...years ago.

Take a flour mix, one with baking soda and baking powder mixed in. I use Jiffy or Bisquick or store brand. Use 2 cups of it. Mix in 3 tablespoons of sugar, 3/4 cup of milk, 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.

grease 8 inch square pan with butter, spread the mix into it.

Topping- [when not using my fudge] 1 tablespoon flour mix, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 tablespoons butter. Mix it up and spoon it over cake batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Be blessed and I pray success in all your cooking adventures!

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