Think of all those great times you have spent in the kitchen with your mother. Whether you were baking cookies or she was showing you how to make a special recipe, it was a time of bonding. During those times, your mother was more than just a parent; she was a friend that you could confide in. In those hours spent in the kitchen, the generation gap was broken. It was girls’ night in and no boys were allowed. No, this was a special time for mothers and daughters. When you could teach each other. You learned about cooking and she learned about you. These are the times that mothers and daughters will remember forever.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to recreate those memories? Better yet, wouldn’t it be great to show your mother how much you learned, during those days spent in the kitchen? What better day to do so than on Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is a day to make your mother feel special – and she will when you cook for her. Truth be told, mothers prefer gifts that come from the heart. A gift that shows how much she means to you will mean more than a piece of jewelry.
The best gift for Mother’s Day doesn’t come in a box. Cooking a meal that your mother showed you how to make will mean so much to her. Preparing one of her recipes shows her how much of an impact she had on your life. The meal you make can be anything that she loved or a recipe that you’ll always cherish. Of course, you can’t forget dessert.
On Mother’s Day, many people surprise their mothers with a box of chocolates. This Mother’s Day, make that candy from scratch. Even if candy making seems a bit intimidating, 90 Second Fudge Flowers are incredibly easy to make.
90 Second Fudge Flowers
1 (12) ounce bag of milk chocolate chips
1 (14) ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
2 cups of chopped and toasted pecans
6 ounces of melted chocolate chips (any flavor is fine)
Hollow flower cookie cutter
1. Line an 8-inch pan with wax paper that has been buttered to prevent sticking.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.
3. Microwave the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk for 90 seconds.
4. Remove the mixture from the microwave, add the vanilla and stir the mixture until the chocolate chips are thoroughly melted.
5. Pour the mixture into the lined 8-inch pan and pour on the pecans. Make sure to press the pecans into the fudge so that they don’t fall off once cut.
6. While the fudge is setting up, melt the 6 ounces of chocolate chips.
7. Once the fudge has set up, drizzle on the melted chocolate and pop the pan in the freezer so the melted chocolate sets up quickly.
8. Remove the wax paper and fudge from the pan and place on a cutting board. Use a hollow cookie cutter to cut out as many flowers as you can and then place them in a decorative box lined with wax paper to prevent sticking.
Note: Different extracts can be used to create a more gourmet flavor.