Caramel and pecans are delicious together - like the flavors of pecan pie. Dulce de leche
is a caramel-flavored milk candy/sauce made from milk that is slowly condensed with sugar, until it's thick and caramel-colored. It has a very creamy texture and butterscotch-like flavor that makes it a natural choice for fudge
. Stir chocolate chips into the fudge while it's hot if you like chocolate fudge, or simply sprinkle them on top.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup butter (one stick) plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche
- 2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the pecans in a roasting pan with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon salt. Roast pecans, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until they are brown and fragrant (about 20 minutes). Let cool, then coarsely chop.
- Line an 8 inch by 8 inch pan with foil, and butter foil generously.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar, milk, and a pinch of salt.
- Bring mixture to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Add the milk and bring to a boil again. Cook mixture, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the soft ball stage (238 degrees). Remove mixture from heat and stir in the dulce de leche and the vanilla until well mixed.
- Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl of a standing mixer.
- Add in the confectioners (powdered) sugar and use the paddle attachment to beat well, until mixture is smooth. Stir in the chopped pecans, reserving 1/4 cup of the pecans to sprinkle on top of fudge.
- Pour the fudge mixture into prepared pan, and sprinkle with reserved chopped pecans and chocolate chips if desired.
- Let fudge cool thoroughly in the refrigerator, then cut into squares.