4.23.2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Recently, I've been driving myself crazy trying to figure out how to get more traffic to my blog. Baking is something that I really enjoy for many reasons. One, I like to think of it as a creative outlet. Two, I like cute things. Three, I love seeing my friends' reactions. And then there are other reasons, like I have a really big sweet tooth that I'm pretty sure I inherited from my father.


But I've been trying to get more traffic to my blog and build up my followers because I have this crazy idea that this could just be my job one day. Or I could at least relate it to the job I'm preparing myself for now while I'm in college.

SO. I came up with a plan. I feel like my baking has improved since I started this blog over a year ago, but one thing that hasn't improved is my photography. And I need better photography in order to get my pictures on FoodGawker. I believe I've submitted over 30 pictures to FoodGawker and they've only accepted one of them, my picture for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. That blog post has so many more views than the other ones, it's ridiculous. That picture was taken at my house, though, at our kitchen table in front of a bay window. I've tried and tried to get the lighting right in my apartment, but that wasn't working. So a couple of days ago, I went home for the weekend and my dad helped me make a lightbox.


Once, I heard my aunt talking about how she made a light box in order to take picture for her Etsy store, but that was a loooong time ago. Most photographers prefer natural light, but there isn't a lot of that in my apartment and I'm usually in class during the day when the lighting is the best. So most of the time, I'm trying to take pictures at night, which really doesn't work out at all. I wish I would have asked my aunt about light boxes sooner because this thing really works.

I decided to finally make a light box after I came across this tutorial on BlogHer. It looked fairly simple and I already had three lamps and a box. All I had to buy was the tracing paper and the daylight light bulbs. The tracing paper can be found at Michael's and the light bulbs at Home Depot. And I recomment cutting a slit at the top/back so you can insert backgrounds for your photos.
For a test run I just grabbed some napkins, a pillowcase, and a carving of my cat that my grandfather made for me years ago. But once I got back to school, I decided I really needed to test it out. Last weekend, my friend Luke made some fudge with his mother's super secret fudge recipe. I decided to make some myself with a recipe very similar to his.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

Chocolate Fudge
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 cup  sweet condensed milk
2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
1 cup marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Fudge
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 cup sweet condensed milk
2 cups peanut butter chips
1 cup marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Spray/butter/oil a 9x13 inch pan.
  • Combine sugar, butter, and condensed milk in a large saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Stirring continuously, so the mixture won't burn, boil for 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted and incorporated.
  • Stir in vanilla and marshmallow cream.
  • Immediately pour into 9x13 inch pan.
  • Repeat with a clean saucepan and peanut butter chips.
  • Then pour the peanut butter fudge directly on top of the chocolate layer.
  • Optional- sprinkle with mini chocolate chips for decoration.
  • Let them melt a little on top of the hot fudge and then let it sit in the refridgerator for 30 minutes to an hour.


4 comments:

  1. You absolutely inherited your sweet tooth from me! Your pictures look awesome. I is interesting how the light makes the photo much sharper.

    Of course, I think your photography has been improving by leaps and bounds recently. It is only a matter of time before foodgawker picks up one of your photos. :)

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  2. There is so much that goes into a good photo and I just think that you really have an eye for composition and you are very creative.

    This photo really is well done. So glad that you have the lightbox. You will have lots of fun experimenting with it!

    The fudge looks soooooooooo yummy!

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    1. Thanks, Aunt Jane! I really appreciate all the tips you gave me about the light box. I think it's going to be really useful!

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  3. I want to know if you have any left?! It looks wonderful and the photos are awesome!

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