If you have never had the opportunity to try goats milk fudge you are really missing out. Something about the way the subtle goat flavors of the milk interact with the sweet, smooth flavors in fudge produces an absolutely delicious and amazing treat.
The ingredients in this goat milk peanut butter fudge could not be simpler: goat milk, sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla. Yet the result is spectacular. The fudge breaks apart at just the right consistency, both smooth and firm. Of course you could make any flavor fudge using goat milk, but peanut butter has always been our favorite, so that's why we are sharing it with you here today!
After the loss of Ida Nelson last summer, our first milking goat, Jon and I have been searching tirelessly for farms looking to re-home their healthy goats so that we can expand our flock. We were very blessed to adopt 4 new goats several weeks ago, one of which happens to be milking!
Every morning for breakfast we eat homemade bread with preserves left over from our summer farm stand inventory, fresh eggs plucked from the nesting boxes in the early morning and, now, once again, raw goats milk. The internet is full of people debating the merits of drinking raw milk, but we swear by it. Raw or not, goats milk is much healthier for you than any other type of milk you could drink.
So many of my readers (mostly on Facebook) laugh at the sometimes ridiculous names we give to our farm animals. I haven't elaborated on where they come from (mostly movies). Sometimes I even steal them from people I have crossed paths with that left a lasting impression on me.
We call our new milking goat Babs Johnson. She is such a sweetheart. She runs right onto the milking stand every day like it's been a ritual in her life since the day she was born. Her milk has had the largest amount of butterfat I have ever experienced working with dairy and the end result has been creamy fresh cheese, delicious milk and this peanut butter fudge that is to die for! That's Babs below, smiling at the thought of giving us such delicious cheese and fudge.
In the midst of preparing for the holiday season, Jon and I have been trying to take time out to work on more recipes. Most people think of being indoors more in the Winter, sitting by a fireplace with some hot chocolate, shielded from the cold, but the truth is it's far easier to get work done outside in the cool than in the summer heat. As a result, we haven't been able to cook as much as we've wanted to. Still, a number of recipes with little prep and long cook or wait times are in the queue to be added, including our vegetarian chile recipe and some excellent bread recipes. Stay posted!
If you don't have access to fresh goat milk, look on craigslist. Be sure you have the chance to see the animals before you buy the milk. It's not hard to tell a healthy goat from a sick one. If all else fails, pick up some goat milk from the supermarket. Cows milk will not give you the same flavor in this recipe, but as an absolute last resort you could use it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Make sure to make enough to share with friends and family.
Recipe: Goats Milk Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1.5 C sugar
- 1 C goat milk
- 2 C peanut butter - all natural
- 1 T butter
- 1 T vanilla
- Butter a 9x11 casserole dish.
- Combine sugar and milk in sauce pan, heat slowly to 235 degrees F.
- Remove from heat and stir in the other ingredients.
- Allow to cool, and enjoy (dust with powdered sugar if desired)
Number of servings (yield): 12