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)
Heavy Sauce 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.