Bread and Buttermilk Fudge

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Author Notes: I like the delicate crunch of breadcrumbs in the fudge and I also strongly recommend flavoring the crumbs with very finely grated citrus zest or a drip of balsamic vinegar. - h.c.r.HCR

Food52 Review: Nothing says county fair like a sugary confection, and this is fudge like we've never seen it. Dry breadcrumbs add a satisfying, nubbly texture without raising the sweetness quotient to red-alert levels the way, say, coconut would. The tang of the buttermilk also keeps the fudge from being cloying, and a whisper of lemon zest lends a little perfume. Make sure to watch the mixture carefully as it approaches 235°F -- you'll want to test it a minute or so before it reaches temperature. - A&MA&M

Makes 20 pieces

  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (use blender or food processor to grind preferably dry, dark bread)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • optionally lemon zest, balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Toast the breadcrumbs with added salt over a medium heat.
  2. Add the lemon zest or vinegar to taste, if using, and set aside.
  3. Combine all the ingredients except the vanilla extract in a large, deep saucepan.
  4. Set over medium heat and stir just until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Watch the mixture carefully as it boils, but do not stir. You will know that it can be removed from the heat when it is golden brown, 1/4 teaspoon of the syrup dropped into ice water forms a small ball or a candy thermometer measures 235°F.
  6. Let the mixture cool to the point where you can touch it, though it's still warm to hot.
  7. Add the vanilla extract and beat with an electric or hand-held whisk until it thickens and is no longer glossy. This might take quite a while.
  8. Stir in the breadcrumbs.
  9. Pour/scrape the fudge into a greased 8-inch square pan.
  10. Chill thoroughly, cut, chomp.
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over 1 year ago sofia j. jacobsen

This would be a great item to make for the kids to take with them to camp!!!

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about 3 years ago favabean

And Congrats on being a Finalist btw!

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about 3 years ago favabean

Made this last night. Was super delicious. I had to stop myself from taking "just one more bite" lest I go into glycemic shock. I think next time I might try reducing the amount of bread crumbs to 1 cup and see if get a more fudgey consistencey.

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about 3 years ago HCR

Yes I feel like I know about being on the brink of glycemic shock. Glad you enjoyed it!

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about 3 years ago reggieyum

What a recipe. I may be partial since you are my god-daughter, but this sounds just delish. I am so proud of you, and thanks for turning me on to this site. YUM.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Congrats!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats! This is a really unique and delicious sounding recipe.

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about 3 years ago HCR

thank-you so much i'm extremely flattered! when i made it nobody was around to devour it with... now i hear from all of you and i'll happily go help myself to another piece.

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats on being a finalist!

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about 3 years ago Bevi

Mmmmmm! Congrats on being a finalist!

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congratulations on making the finals, h.c.r.! What an inventive and delicious sounding recipe. I love that this fudge can be made with pantry ingredients like buttermilk and breadcrumbs. This fudge is now on my list of must-try recipes!

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about 3 years ago Panfusine

Sounds delish!! Congrats on the finalist pick!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Many congrats h.c.r. -- love your unique twist on fudge!

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about 3 years ago STC

I always have buttermilk in my frige--my mother taught me well. This recipe sounds great and I can't wait to try it.

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about 3 years ago HCR

i love buttermilk as it is. yum yum yum.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats on being a finalist!!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

what a clever recipe! congratulations!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations! I love your twist on fudge!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on being a finalist...what an interesting recipe!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! This sounds like a terrific recipe.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

This sounds delicious! Congrats!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on being a finalist, a really great recipe!!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Simply fascinating! Thanks so much for posting this. Saved!! ;o)

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

These sound like a great use of leftover dark breads, of which I happen to have several!

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about 3 years ago HCR

lucky you! breadcrumbs are great.