15 April 2010

Kid Friendly Recipes: Chocolate Quesadillas, Very Best Fudge

From Denny: It's still April so I suppose I can sneak in this cute photo of fudge in an Easter basket. :) I've been wondering what to do with this "orphan" recipe until I came across another delightfully simple recipe that is also kid friendly for when you want to work in the kitchen teaching your kids how to bake.

What's also fun is the second recipe is from a local Louisiana nine year old boy who is trying his hand at blogging. He catalogs his new food experiences and talks about his food choices at the restaurants he thinks are kid friendly. A food critic is born! And since I like to encourage budding writers, well, here I am promoting the kid. I do enjoy precocious kids! :)

Very Best Fudge

From: Family Features - Nestlé Test Kitchens

Makes: about 4 pounds


3 cups granulated sugar
1 can (12 fluid ozs.) evaporated milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups (24 ozs.) or 2 (12-oz.) pkgs. Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
2 tsps. vanilla extract


1. Line 13x9-inch or two 8-inch-square baking pan(s) with foil.

2. Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in 4- to 5-quart, heavy-duty saucepan.

3. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted.

5. Pour into prepared baking pan(s). Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into pieces. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

Chocolate Quesadillas

From: Catherine Prados. Her 9 year old son, Michael, writes Junior Food Critic, a blog where he writes of his food discoveries and kid friendly restaurants.

Serves: 2


2 flour tortillas
2 squares Baker’s chocolate (German chocolate works well), melted
Confectioners’ sugar


1. Place one flour tortilla in a quesadilla maker or skillet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

2. Spread melted chocolate over the tortilla.

3. Place the second flour tortilla on top and close the quesadilla maker or put a top on the skillet. If you are using the quesadilla appliance, cook for 1 minute or until desired crispness and slight browning are achieved. If using a conventional skillet, cook for 1 minute and then carefully flip the quesadilla to brown and crisp the second side.

4. Remove from quesadilla appliance or skillet and place on large cutting board. Cut into six pizzalike triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm.

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