At a family get together this weekend, my brother, his wife, and I were reminiscing about going to Baltimore County schools during the 1960s and 1970s. What we all remembered most about the food was how much we each loved the peanut butter fudge that was served then and there. It was thick, a little texture, and rich beyond belief!
In school, I used to trade all my food for pieces of fudge, and my brother would buy five at a time. No fudge since equals it, the stuff they serve at the Harborplace fudge outlet is no where near the same. My brother has searched for years, in websites, tried recipe books, but cannot come up with the same taste.
Well, I went on the net, to a couple of Baltimore forums, and discovered from another PBF lover that the secret of the recipe was mashed potatoes! (Whoda thunk it?) Another secret turned out to be that it was not cooked. Evidently, there is a whole category of fudge from mashed potatoes.
Then, on an Ask Jeeves search, I found the recipe.
Peanut Butter--Mashed Potato Mystery Fudge
2/3 cup cold mashed potatoes (without milk or seasoning added)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
Grease a 2"x8"x2" pan.
Mix potatoes with peanut butter and salt. Gradually stir in sugar, mixing well. Press into pan.
Let stand until firm, then cut.
Later that night, I got a call from my brother, who had taken the recipe and made a pan of it. His whole family was bouncing off the walls, probably from elevated blood sugar levels, but nonetheless quite happy. He could not have been more pleased had he won a free trip. I have made the fudge, and the problem is that it is like having drugs in the house. It sits in the fridge and calls me, calls me...it can only be made in small batches if you dont want to put on the pounds.
When you consider that we longed in vain for 35--40 years, yet still remembered, it is a fun story.