December has arrived. In someways I am gloriously happy and in others I am terribly depressed. I love Christmas time. All the decorations, food, fun activities and time spent with friends. But, it also means another year has passed and I am not ready for it. I always have a million things on my to do list, the thing never shrinks, some things are huge and some are small, but I'm seeing a few things still on it that I wish weren't. I would love to just spend all the remaining time left in 2017 checking off as many as I can, but you only get a limited number of Christmases with your kids at home and I wont waste one on a list.
Anyway, this week I had a completely different recipe planned for you. One I don't make often enough and because I rarely make it, it was a total failure. Like I almost broke my mixer failure. I am hoping to make it again before Christmas, this time without the mess and fear of Christmas without my trusty KitchenAid.
Panocha is a version of fudge that reminds me of pralines. It has the grainy texture of fudge, but that's where the similarities end. It's creamy, nutty, caramelly, and very sweet(one of the reasons I don't make it very often). It was far more popular in previous generations than it is now, which is why I wanted to make it. It's the perfect addition to a retro Christmas.
The recipe is straight forward, just remember to either have a candy thermometer or a glass of cold water to test when it's done. The recipe makes about a bread pan of candy, not too much, just enough for a good taste.