This is a family recipe for brown sugar fudge that sort of gave me an *in* with my inlaws. When my now husband and I were just dating, his skeptical parents were wondering just what my deal was. I was a freelance writer with no visible job (I mean really..writing?).
The way I was able to find something to talk to them about was to talk about food. Their family history was rich in recipes, food mishaps and special food memories. My mother in law is not in love with cooking, so most of the recipes were hidden deep in a recipe box. I used to go through that box as she talked about who gave her the recipe and how she wished for a taste of this or that.
One of those longed for recipes was this fudge. Made from brown sugar, you can find it in most New England candy stores, often with some maple syrup added.
Penuche (Brown Sugar Fudge)
1 lb brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter
Cook first 4 until it reaches soft ball stage.
Remove from heat and add butter to sugar mixture.
Place pan in cold water and beat by hand, until almost firm.
Spoon into butter dish and allow to cool completely before cutting.