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When You Need Something for the Bake Sale

on November 11, 2013

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One of my favorite passages from the book “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson is the one where the main character, working mom Kate Reddy, has to bring a baked good in to her child’s school. She does what any overworked parent who is clinging to her “scheduled to the 30 second increment” life by a thread would do…she buys it from the store. But then, in a move of sheer brilliance, she opens the picture perfect baked good, throws a dusting of flour onto it and smashes it a bit. Now, no one will ever suspect that she actually does have better things to do than bake! Her fragile psyche just can’t bear the thought of all of the judging that she expects will come her way if she doesn’t bring in something homemade. We’ve all been there. Whether it’s the condition of our bathrooms, the state of our wardrobes or the amount of “screen time” going on in our homes…we worry about what other moms will think of us. We know we shouldn’t…and sometimes we manage to be secure enough to say, “It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough!” and just move on. But sometimes we feel like we’re in eighth grade all over again and we just want to impress people! Now I am certainly not suggesting that it’s not okay to purchase your bake sale offering from the store…but if you want to make something yourself and have only a small, tiny window of time to devote to it…this fudge might be your ticket. It takes only 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes of time (plus chilling) and you’re done. Wrap it up, tie a fancy ribbon around it and all of those other moms will be saying, “I don’t know how she does it!” (And you really need to read that book…so good!)

PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
Adapted from Heavenly Homemakers
~1 cup of natural peanut butter (we use Smuckers)
~1/2 cup honey
~1 cup chocolate chips

Combine all three ingredients in a saucepan, heat over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the chips are melted and everything is blended and smooth. Pour into an 8 inch by 8 inch pan and refrigerate until solid. We usually line the pan with parchment paper to make it easier to remove the fudge. Cut into squares. This can be stored at room temperature, but will last longer in the fridge.

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4 responses to “When You Need Something for the Bake Sale

  1. Laura says:

    im definitely going to try this! but with sunbutter or something.. i’ll have to see what i can substitute. this sounds simple!

    • Debbie says:

      Yes…on the Heavenly Homemakers site there are several comments from people who substituted a non-nut butter and it worked. I meant to include that but forgot…thanks for mentioning it!

  2. Laura says:

    Ok so I’ve made a few batches of this so far and it is delicious! I’m using Wegmans organic wildflower honey, Sunbutter, and Hershey’s dark chocolate chips. I have to ask you if you tried making it with 3/4 cup of honey (like the original recipe calls for) and didn’t like it? I’m just curious and wondered how much different it would taste with more honey and less choc. chips. although I don’t really want to change it because it’s so good! thanks.

    • Debbie says:

      I actually just didn’t have enough honey for 3/4 cup, so just used 1/2 cup that day. I think you can go up or down a bit with any of the ingredients…it’s pretty difficult to go wrong! Glad you liked it and great to hear that it worked with the sunbutter!

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