Wednesday, October 21, 2015

State Fair Fudge

Saturday I entered the Party Foods Competition Bite Sized Desserts category. My plan was to bring my Amaretto Fudge with Fresh Cherries which has already won a blue ribbon. However, cherries are no longer in season :(
 So I went with raspberries!
 This recipe calls for 2 cups fresh raspberries. One cup will be muddled, as shown. If you do not have a mortar & pestle, use the back of a spoon or a potato masher.
 The other cup should be cut in half, these will be topping the fudge once its in the pan.
 These are all of our ingredients :) 
 Ready to go in the fridge
Amaretto Fudge with Fresh Raspberries

3 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur
1 tsp Almond Extract
2 Cups Fresh Raspberries
Parchment Paper

Place a piece of parchment paper into an 8x8 square pan (don't worry, the parchment won't lay in the pan until the fudge is weighing it down). Put pan to the side until fudge is ready. 
Put one cup raspberries into mortar & muddle with pestle. Cut the remaining raspberries in half. 
Pour chocolate chips & condensed milk into double broiler over medium heat & stir until smooth. You can also use a bowl over a medium sized pot of water, just make sure the water is low enough that it is not touching the bottom of the bowl. Once the chocolate is melted & smooth turn off the heat & add in the Amaretto & almond extract. Stir again until completely combined & smooth. Now stir in the muddled raspberries until thoroughly incorporated & pour the mixture into parchment lined pan. Top with raspberry halves. Refrigerate fudge for 4 hours (it is best to get out of the house to avoid temptation!). Finally, enjoy!
Waiting for the judging! 
They are eating my fudge!! I already knew when I turned the fudge in, that I was not happy with the consistency because the raspberries made pockets of softness that does not belong in fudge. So I was not surprised that I did not win. However, the taste was spot on!
 Time for our other State Fair Traditions! We started in the Arts building because we were already there for my competition. These butter sculptures are always pretty cool, literally ;)
 Mom & I bought new shirts in the craft selling tent. Mine says "Beware of Pit Bulls they will steal your Heart", I have seen this print before and loved it. This is my new favorite shirt :)
Mom's says, "Nanny" :)
 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 Longhorn Edition, beautiful truck!
 We tried the Fried Bacon Cheeseburger, bacon cheeseburger and fries wrapped up and fried chimichanga style.
 We had it with an order of queso fries. they came from Scrumptious Pieshakes, a booth in the food court. We will be returning to this booth next year!
 It was really good!
 Then we visited Canstruction, all this canned food will be donated to foodbanks once the exhibit is over.
 A Dallas Icon
 My favorite Dallas Icon :)
 This even had sound effects & lights!
 Big Tex!
 Whoa, he talks!!
 Love :)
 Giant Pumpkin Carving

 Nephew loves trains
 This was extra special!

 Thank you Nanny for sharing :)
 Then to top it off, the guy in charge of the trains in the greenhouse came out to talk to us!
 He was so good with Nephew!
 His heart is in his work!
Thank you!!
Our last food to try was a fried mac & cheese slider and fried tamale balls. The mac & cheese slider was bland & dry :( But the tamale balls were super flavorful and a little spicy :)
We also of course had our annual Jalapeno Cheese Fletcher's Corney Dog :)
We had a great day!! Loved sharing our Fair experience for the first time with Niece & Nephew!

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