Holiday Fun with Sidney Ayers

Today we have Sidney Ayers on sharing one of her favorite holiday recipes and her favorite Christmas story. Sidney’s newest book Demons Like it Hot is out this month. If you like moody men and women that drive said moody men up the wall with some paranormal activity thrown in then you won’t want to miss this book. 

First off, thank you for allowing me to be a guest. The holidays are a very fun time for my family and I. There’s gifts to buy, houses to decorate and trees to trim. Right now as I write this blog, we’re in the midst of decorating the tree. It’s not going that well. Our angel decided to die. And here I thought angels were immortal!

One of my favorite holiday activities is baking. I love decorating cookies and making all sorts of sweet treats for my nieces and nephews to nibble on. My favorite treat to make for my family is White Chocolate Peppermint fudge. It’s delicious!

1 ½ tsp butter (to grease pan)

2 c. sugar

½ c. Sour cream

¼ cup softened butter (unsalted)

1 bag (12 oz) white baking chips/chocolate

1 cup marshmallow fluff (8 oz)

½ chopped peppermint candy

½ tsp. peppermint extract (Sometimes I like to use peppermint schnapps)

Tools needed:

Candy thermometer

Heavy Sauce pan

Wax/Parchment paper

Wooden Spoon

Square pan

Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment or wax paper and use the 1 ½ teaspoon of butter to grease and set aside.

Using a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, sour cream and softened butter. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Allow to reach a rapid boil and continue to stir mixture until 234 degrees (soft ball stage).

Remove from heat and stir in the chips/chocolate and marshmallow fluff until fully melted. Fold in the candy and  peppermint extract/schnapps. Pour into the pan and let cool until firm. Using your wax/parchment paper, lift from pan and peel off the paper. Cut fudge into 1 inch (or whatever size you prefer) squares. Store remaining (if there is any) fudge in the fridgerator.

Most importantly, ENJOY!

 

My favorite Christmas story is the Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. It shows how a struggling couple  makes sacrifies to give eachother what they wanted for Christmas. Even though it has a really bad ironic twist of fate, the sacrifices they make for each other makes it a worthwhile and endearing story. I’ve posted a link below for anyone who wishes to read the story.

http://www.online-literature.com/donne/1014/

 

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5 Comments

  1. aurian

    Thanks for the recipe, this sure sounds yummie! Here in Holland we use something called a “piek” for the top of the tree, not often an angel or star.

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  2. Sidney Ayers

    Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have to ask my dad about the piek. He was born in the Netherlands, but left for Canada/USA when he was a teenager. The fudge is awesome if you decide to try it. You’ll probably have to do some metric/Celsius conversions though.

    Happy Holidays 🙂

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  3. Sidney Ayers

    Oops! I just noticed a tiny error in the recipe. It is actually supposed to be 7 oz of Marshmallow Fluff/creme. The small jar of Kraft Marshmallow creme will work perfectly. Or if you’re trying to save money, Walmart’s Marshmallow creme is a lot cheaper and I haven’t noticed anything wonky when I’ve used it.

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  4. aurian

    Lol, this might come as a shock, but there is no Walmart in Holland 😉 But Marshmallow creme sure sounds delicious enough to just eat that with a spoon … mmm. Yes I do have a sweet tooth sometimes 🙂

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  5. carol lamb

    Thanks for the recipe. Hopefufully it won’t turn into a puddle of goo like the other times I try to make fudge. lol

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