I had my first baking experience in college this past Friday and it was hilarious. Obviously, my first thought was to document it for my blog.
It all started Monday when my friend was constantly reminding us that her birthday was Friday. Since it was fall break this weekend, most of our friends were gone so Katrina and I had planned to spend the day with the birthday girl and take her to lunch and help spend her birthday money. We still felt like we should get her something (but not very expensive!) and somehow we decided on microwavable fudge.
And instead of using the kitchen in the dorm, we decided to turn up the Christmas music, open up the window to the rainy outdoors, and make fudge in my room.
We did not have a sifter for the sugar, (which is very important or else you end up with chunks of powdered sugar in the fudge…not that we would know) so we stirred it with a fork for about 15 minutes.
We also did not have a large microwavable bowl (or any large bowl for that matter) so we mixed the ingredients in a pan (hence, the mess) and then transferred it into two small bowls to microwave and then back in the pan to stir.
Did I mention we accidentally made in on my roommates desk? I was cleaning our refrigerator while Katrina was going to start sifting sugar and before I realized what desk she used, it was too late. But don’t worry, we cleaned everything up and left it neater than it was before.
We also thought this would only take about 30 minutes but two hours later, we were still at it. (We did make two trays of it, though.)
And by the time we finished, the cafeteria was closed so we had to go to Mcalister’s Deli for dinner. I think they try to starve us on fall break…hence they close dinner at 6:00 and there is only one line open the whole weekend with the same food. Yum.
our my surprise, the fudge actually turned out really good! We both pretty much ate a whole tray by ourselves.
And the best part? It really is easy to make. As long as you have a sifter. And a large bowl. And a kitchen.
Easiest-Ever Cocoa Fudge
3 and 2/3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
(Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans)
Combine confectioners sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in medium microwave proof bowl.
Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until butter is melted
Stir until mixture is smooth
Stir in nuts and vanilla and blend well
Spread evenly on a lightly buttered 8 inch square pan and let sit out till firm (or refrigerate for faster results)
Cut into 1 inch squares