Christmas is over, you say? BAH! I say. Now that the shopping-and-mailing
crunch is over, this is a time we relish at my house. It’s a time to sit back,
relax, and enjoy the rest of the season. The house is decorated, the deadlines
are over, and there are still Christmas movies and music to enjoy, all at a more
And, confession time: The first chance I had to bake was the day before
Christmas. My daughter and I whipped up a quick batch of chocolate chip cookies,
perfect for running over to the neighbors on Christmas Day.
Another favorite recipe I plan on getting to this week: Fred and Lindsay’s
fudge. When I was writing NO
CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT a few years ago, my heroine, Lindsay, had a
beloved fudge recipe. But I didn’t. I’d never made fudge before! So, to make the
cooking process more authentic, I did a little (somewhat fattening) research. I
experimented with several different recipes, and when I was done, I consolidated
my findings into my own favorite recipe.
In the book, mysteriously, my hero’s batch of fudge turned out to be even better
than Lindsay’s – despite the fact that Fred followed her instructions exactly.
That’s the way it goes with Christmas magic!
FRED AND LINDSAY'S FUDGE
2-1/4 cups white sugar
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
16 large marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)
Note: Candy thermometer required!
Butter an 8 x 8” pan.
In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, mix sugar, condensed milk, butter or
margarine and marshmallows. Bring to a rolling boil and reduce heat, stirring
constantly, until mixture reaches 234-236 degrees. Remove from heat.
Add vanilla, chocolate chips and (if desired) nuts. Stir until chips are melted.
Pour into buttered dish. Let fudge cool completely before cutting the squares.
Sierra Donovan is a wife, a mother of two and a writer, though not always in
that order. Her greatest joy is helping people find true love on the printed
page. She believes in classic movies, Christmas, happy endings and the healing
power of chocolate.
Sierra's first novel, LOVE ON THE AIR, was a Holt
Medallion finalist. Her Kensington debut, NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT, won the
Golden Quill for Sweet Traditional Romance. Her October 2015 book, DO YOU
BELIEVE IN SANTA?, marks the beginning of her new Evergreen Lane series.
Lindsay Miller is knee-deep in Christmas cards and homemade
fudge, but she's never felt more like a Grinch. Why can't
Christmas be full of magic, like in her favorite movie, A
Christmas Carol. . .?
. . .Enter Fred, a sexy and eccentric stranger who
at Lindsay's door out of the blue. Dressed like he just
stepped out of a Dickens novel, complete with British
accent, Fred claims he's a Messenger, sent from
"Headquarters" to help her discover the joy of Christmas.
But is Fred an angel from above--or just stone cold crazy?
Fred's used to
dealing with skeptics. Telling a stranger
you've been ordered to inspire holiday cheer is a tough
sell. But there's a further complication. Fred's mission is
to help Lindsay right the wrongs from her past that have
been holding her back. But somehow along the way, they've
become wildly attracted to each other--and falling in love
is not part of the plan. Fred only has ‘til the stroke of
midnight on Christmas Eve to guide Lindsay to the magical
future she deserves--even if it's a future without him. . .
Book sounds interesting; I would like to read more of Fred. One of my sons makes the fudge each year. It is the best and one it took years to get it just right. Thanks for your recipe, I will share it with him. (Leona Olson 10:13am December 27, 2015)
Now this is a fun premise! Nothing like budging a skeptic's mind! (Kathleen Bylsma 1:15pm December 27, 2015)
Thanks, Gladys and Leona. I wish you magical results! (Sierra Donovan 1:34am December 28, 2015)