Old-Time Penuche

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Old-Time Penuche RecipeEvery year around the holidays, I have this bright idea to make homemade candy to give as gifts.  My intention is to make fudge, divinity and nougat, creamed candy, and brittle.  I plan on wrapping it all up in beautifully decorated tins to present to family and friends.  As the saying goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’.  There is just too much going on and it never happens.  But this year I made a different plan.  Instead of trying to cram all that candy making into an otherwise crazy time of year, I decided to wait for the quieter days of January and February when I would have ample time to whip up sweet confections to my hearts desire.
Old-Time Penuche RecipeSo, I’ve been stirring my arm off beating the sheen out of pots of boiled sugar.  I haven’t made fudge (Penuche is basically brown sugar fudge) in years, and although it isn’t difficult, it can be tricky.  There are a few rules that need to be strictly followed or disaster will ensue.  Knowing when to stir, and at what temperature, is vital to the outcome of perfectly creamy fudge.  It’s all about the why, when, and how of sugar crystallization.  This video by Fine Cooking demonstrates the process of fudge making from start to finish.  It delivers all the information you need to know to make perfectly dreamy fudge.
Old-Time Penuche RecipeI won’t be turning in my oven for the stovetop any time soon, but I will be cooking up different candy recipes and sharing them with all of you.  If I plan things well, I just might have boxes of sweet treats for Cupid to deliver to my Valentines come February 14th.
Old-Time Penuche RecipeNote:  You will need a candy thermometer to make this candy.  If you don’t have one, here are instructions for testing the doneness of fudge with nothing more than a glass filled with water.




4 thoughts on “Old-Time Penuche

  1. This year, I definitely want to try making homemade candy! It`s something I need to conquer. Haha. This penuche looks so good. My uncle’s neighbor always gives us homemade fudge that`s incredibly addicting.

    • Fudge is a beast to be slain. Just today I had to throw a batch in the trash. But I will stay with it because I LOVE homemade candy.

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