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Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
If you are someone that likes baking quick breads and cookies with no patience, this recipe is not for you. If you want to learn and are afraid to mess it up, try making a few batches of simple syrup (you'll never buy fake lemonade again!) and then progress to caramels (sugar wax, taffy, whatever) to get the hang of working with sugar. This is a great recipe. Simple ingredients and I was able to talk someone through it as I'm just getting over the flu and he hasn't worked much with sugars. It was a little gritty because nobody is perfect. X-) BUT my five year old took a highly anticipated bite and whispered, "It tastes like chocolate cake and candy," with huge eyes. That alone earns it five stars. Easy to cut and get out of the dish. We doubled the recipe and followed a lot of the tips in the reviews. The small amount of grittiness was probably because the sides of the pot weren't swiped down very religiously. Made it on an electric stove in a large pot usually used for boiling pasta. Simmered very slowly to get as accurate of a temp reading as possible.
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Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2009
Was running low on olive oil and brown sugar so I replaced with walnut oil and molasses - still worked perfectly! The true test of a recipe - when you can substitute ingredients and still get a great product. I read one comment about it not rising - I'm betting you wound up buying old yeast. You have to check the exp date on those packets before buying them. I've had my fair share of dissappointment from using old yeast. :-)
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