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Betty: Hi I’m Betty. Welcome to Betty’s Kitchen. Today we’re making peanut buttercup fudge and we’re going to start with some melted margarine. Here I have 1 stick of margarine that is melted and to that I’m going to add some peanut butter. I have 1-1/2 cups of peanut butter so I need pretty big spoon to get that out. It’s going to be kind of tough. See my little friend sitting here? This is my grandson. Carter Evan Atkins.
Betty: And he’s going to watch me make some peanut buttercup squares will call them. See that come out isn’t that great?
Betty: Now don’t touch it, it might be a little hot.
Betty: Now this is going to taste good isn’t it?
Betty: So what I’m going to do now is take this back to the stove and melt this together so we have a mixture here of 1 stick melted margarine, 1-1/2 cups of smooth creamy peanut butter. We’re going to melt that together and then we’re going to come back and add a few more ingredients so I’m going to go away and we’ll be right back.
Now I have my peanut butter and margarine melted together. You see how it looks so I’m going to turn the stove off there and bring this over here. Now this is hot. You can look and we’re going to add a couple of items. I have 1 teaspoon of vanilla which goes in. That’s just pure vanilla extract. Let’s get rid of that and then I have 2 cups of confectioners sugar.
So we’ll be adding those in and just mixing it all around. Did you see that go out there so I stir this around, you know what the next thing we’re going to do? What do you think?
Carter: I don’t know.
Betty: You don’t know? Well if I don’t spill it on the counter too much we’re going to pour it in that pan.
Betty: So I have just to keep— my spoon is too big now. Don’t you think it’s pretty big?
Betty: It’s way too big. Okay, now that’s hot so if you’re going to touch it wait just a minute. You think this is going to look good.
Betty: You think it’s going to taste good?
Betty: Okay it’s almost to the point where I can put it in our pan. The idea here is to get it all to come together and be completely blended and it’s going to be a wonderful taste of peanut butter and confectioners sugar with a little bit of margarine in there and vanilla. So now here’s where I’m going to put it. And this pan has been waiting right here.
Yeah and I’m going to make it look better. We spread this out a little bit. You think you might be able to eat some of this after a while?
Betty: They could be good. I think so too.
So we try to just to get it all corners and sides and smooth it down the best as we can and you could see it’s very tough here but that’s what we want because we’re going to cover this with chocolate.
Betty: Yeah remember it’s peanut buttercup and it should have some peanut butter flavor on the bottom and then it should have chocolate on the top so when you get this ready I don’t think we have done playing with that.
Betty: Yeah but it’s not done. We go over the stove and I have a double boiler here and that’s where I have been heating our chocolate. Turn that off now this is hot.
Betty: Can you believe that?
So we just pour this and spread it and that’s going to finish it up. Isn’t that going to be good?
Carter: Um-hmm. I like chocolate.
Betty: Yeah. I know you like chocolate.
Carter: I like peanut butter too.
Betty: Yeah everything you like them a little better as you see it.
Betty: Put that there for a second and work on this. We want to spread on the top and we want to look pretty nice but it’s going to melt what’s underneath so we have to move rather quickly and what I used was about 6 ounces of milk chocolate morsels and I just heated them in the top of a double boiler to get them like this and normally I try to make this a little prettier. You can swirl the top. You can get it really nice along the edges if you take more time but I think this is going to work for us.
Betty: Right on cue.
Carter: That’s good.
Betty: Yeah so we got to let this cool now. This is at room temperature. You do not refrigerate it. It will set up and then we’ll cut it into squares and who’s going to eat it?
Betty: Yeah. We’ll like it. Carter and I are ready to finish up our peanut butter squares. Peanut buttercup squares. They’re kind of like Reeses’ cups so if you like Reeses’ cups you’ll love this. So what I’m going to do is to cut along the line here. You see I removed some of this already. It’s been about 3 hours that this has been sitting and actually it should be sitting longer than that in order for this to be firm.
So it’s not exactly firm but we can go ahead and remove some and we’re anxious to eat it so just cut with a knife in the size that you want and I chose to make this kind of a small size when you cut crosswise making little squares and it’s the ones at the beginning are a little bit hard to remove and that’s why I started working on those and I had brought them out into a plate like this.
Carter: Wow those are good.
Betty: And then what I’ll do is take a fork maybe and reach under there and see how nice that comes out that goes right there in the middle and we could do more but you get the idea of how to serve these up. You want to take one?
Betty: Taste of it and tell me what you think.
Carter: I like it.
Betty: You like it? Well great I think my viewers will like it too.