Today in Food History – Nov 20th

NOVEMBER 20 – Today in Food History

– National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

One of the first recipes I remember preparing when I was younger was Peanut Butter Fudge.  It came from “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” written by Fannie Merritt Farmer.  The original edition was published in 1896.  The edition I used was either the 8th edition (1946) or the 9th edition (1951).  I will check on the edition when I travel to “home” to South Louisiana for the United States Thanksgiving Holiday.  It will be in its familiar spot in my mom’s kitchen.

Sharing with you the original recipe as written:

Peanut Butter Fudge

2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk
4 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar, salt, and milk in heavy saucepan.  Cook without stirring to 234 degrees F or until mixture forms soft ball when tried in cold water.  Remove from heat.  Let stand until cool.  Add vanilla and peanut butter when ready to beat.

Beat with wooden spoon or work with spatula on marble slab until fudge loses its glossy appearance, and is thick and creamy.  Pour 3/4 inch thick in buttered pan, about 8×4 inches, and mark in squares.  Makes 18 large pieces or 1 1/2 lbs.



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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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4 Responses to Today in Food History – Nov 20th

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never in my life had peanut butter fudge. I may give it a try for Christmas. Thanksgiving just has to be pecan pie.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!


  2. JulesPaige says:

    Have a wonderful holiday feast and travel safely!
    I tried fudge once…fudge and that fluff of egg whites (that I can’t find the correct spelling for) that will fall if you look at it funny – that rest on top lemon (mostly)…they don’t like my kitchen…or maybe me. 🙂


  3. My Aunt used to make some. 🙂


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