Fudge It!

Maple season is the perfect time to…whip up a batch of melt-in-your-mouth MAPLE PECAN FUDGE

175 ml (3/4 cup) chopped pecans
500 ml (2 cups) packed brown sugar
250 ml (1 cup) whipping cream
125 ml (1/2 cup) pure maple syrup
25 ml (2 tbsp) butter, cut into bits
5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla

Spread pecans on baking sheet; bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for eight minutes or until fragrant. Set aside.
Grease 2 L (8-inch) square glass baking dish; line with foil; leaving 2.5 cm (1-inch) overhang. Grease foil and set aside.
Grease side of heavy saucepan. Add sugar, cream, maple syrup, butter and a pinch of baking soda. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly with wooden spoon until dissolved and boiling. If mixture does not foam up when it boils, stir in remaining baking soda.
Boil without stirring for eight minutes or until candy thermometer registers softball stage of 238°F (114°C) or 2 ml (1/2 tsp) syrup dropped into very cold water forms soft ball that flattens when removed from water.
Immediately pour into clean widebottomed bowl, without scrapping pan clean.

Let cool on rack to 100°F (38°C) one to two hours.
With wooden spoon beat in vanilla. Beat for about seven minutes or until very thick and most of the gloss disappears. (Or use heavy-duty mixer with paddle attachment and beat fudge at medium-low speed for about 15 minutes.)
Quickly stir in pecans. Immediately scrape into prepared pan; smooth top.
Let cool on rack.

Using foil overhang as handles, remove from pan; cut into squares.

Courtesy of CanadianLiving.com.

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