While Halloween often goes unobserved by the Amish, that isn't the same for autumn as a whole. The season is one of harvesting and prepping for the looming winter. There's a buzz of activity outdoors, but also a pause and and appreciation of the season's bounty.
Pumpkin provides creative Amish cooks with plenty of opportunity to expressive themselves in the kitchen in a way that embraces autumn.
🍫 Amish and Candy
Christmas and Easter are definitely times when Amish cooks go on a candy making craze. But candies like fudge are enjoyed year-round in Amish kitchens. So you'll find many easy fudge recipes in Amish recipe files.
Fudge is a popular candy in Amish country, and it is often sold at Amish markets and bake sales. Amish fudge is typically made with fresh ingredients, such as lightly salted butter, milk, sugar, and chocolate. It is also known for being rich and creamy. If you ever go to Walnut Creek or Berlin, Ohio, you'll see a lot of homemade candy shops. I love Amish peanut butter fudge!
There are many different recipes for Amish fudge, but they all share some common ingredients. Most Amish fudge recipes call for butter (salted, never unsalted butter), milk, sugar, and chocolate chips. Some recipes also include other ingredients, such as marshmallows, nuts, or dried fruit.
To make Amish fudge, the ingredients are cooked together in a saucepan until they melt and form a thick syrup. The syrup is then poured into a greased pan and allowed to cool and harden. Once the fudge is set, it can be cut into squares and enjoyed.
Amish fudge is a popular treat for all occasions, and it is often given as a gift to friends and family. It is also a popular candy to sell at Amish markets and bake sales.
📜 Step-By-Step Amish Fudge
Okay, this easy pumpkin fudge recipe works. I know it does, because a friend tried it and it was perfect. I tried it, and, well, let's just say that I am not someone who is a champion fudge maker. Never have been. I'm not sure if I don't have the patience, the proper kitchen tools or what. This fudge, though, is delicious.
Let's start at the beginning.
This is me mixing everything in a big pot on the stovetop. I made two batches of fudge, the first one was a flop. The second one was better. But in each case, I made the mistake of not having a candy thermometer. You have to stir constantly until the mixture boils and it hits 235 degrees. Once it starts boiling, I moved the heat down to medium heat. A candy thermometer can guide you on exact times. Don't try to eyeball it like I did.
My first batch was also a fail because I didn't have butter so I just tried to replace it with shortening but that didn't really work. And then I needed my one big pot for something else so I poured the warm fudge mixture into a bowl to cool to lukewarm, 110 degrees. But not sure if that was okay to do.
I used canned 100 percent pumpkin puree, not the pumpkin pie filling. This recipe does not call for any evaporated milk so I didn't use any, I just used whole milk.
So I poured the fudge mixture into a prepared pan to set. Knowing this group, you all will spot some sort of shape in the fudge. Donald Duck? A mermaid?
The recipe calls for just pumpkin pie spice, but I also sprinkled some cinnamon and nutmeg in for good measure and additional flavors.
After about an hour the fudge should lose its gloss and begin to set up. I hope that is what happens to you. My second batch was pretty fudgy, which is a good thing. My first batch didn't set and I ended up giving some to my kids to eat as like a pumpkin parfait. They really liked it like that. So that is my suggestion if it doesn't set.
🍬 More Amish Candy Recipes
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🖨️ Full Recipe
Amish Pumpkin Fudge
- 3 cups white sugar
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup butter
- Butter or grease one 8 x 8 inch pan.
- In a 3 quart saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin and salt.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir. When mixture registers 232 degrees F (110 degrees C) on candy thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water,
- remove from pan from heat. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and butter.
- Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F or 43 degrees C on candy thermometer.) Beat mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss.
- Quickly pour into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan. When firm cut into 36 squares.