Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Failed Fudge Fool
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo, MontanaCapo
There is a story of man who's home was overcome by floodwaters. A boat came to take him to safety, but he waved it off, declaring God would save him. The waves grew choppy and high, so that no small boats could risk crossing. Another boat, bigger and full of other refugees, came an hour later, but again, the man waved them off, telling them God would save him. Finally, the waters got so deep and so aggitated that no boats could get through and the man's body was half-swallowed by the rising tides. A helicopter came and floated a big basket right onto the water so he could climb in. As the liquid levels rose, the tide finally took him away and he died.
He had led a good and pious life, and went directly to Heaven. Once there, he lamented to God, "God, I trusted you to save me! Why did you not save me?" And, glowering, the Almighty replied, "What?!? I sent two boats and a helicopter!"
The passengers and crew of spaceboat "Serenity" laughed at the tale Shepherd Book was telling them. As usual, Captain Mal Reynolds an firm athiest didn't say anything, but he did smile.
"Who cares?" mumbled Jayne, with his mouth full of the dessert, "Shepherd, this is awesome! What is it?"
"It's a lesson, Jayne," Book paused as he savored the confection. "Use what you're given, not what you expect. Like this delectable confection, called a 'fool,' it's an old Anglo tradition to mix fruit with cream to form a sort of poor man's mousse ..."
Simon looked into the dish, at the nuts on top and the smooth, sweet confection. "Fruit?" He couldn't see or taste any fruit.
River looked at her dessert, and without tasting it, declared, "It's the bad fudge. It broke its crunchy crysalises, now it's a creamy butterfly!" Then she savored the treat, as Book was doing.
The others had learned to ignore River's strange proclamations, but Zoe understood. "Shepherd, is this that weird fudge my husband tried to make? But it's so good! Now I know you're a man of God, this is an amazing save!"
Wash would have had a witty rejoinder, but he settled for taking an extra portion of the fool as compensation. He did, after all, provide the Shepherd with starting material. "Anyway," mulled Wash, as he licked the spoon cleaner, "if it wasn't for me, you won't have this wonderous recycled, recovered dessert. So you owe me!"
In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir over medium low heat till melted. Add salt, sugar, and maple syrup, then heat to 234° to 240°F (112° to 115°C). Place in an icebath, stirring to cool. When it starts to thicken, add the pecans. Pour into the prepared parchment-lined pan and allow to set.
It may not set, of course ... If it does, cut into 2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm) squares. Makes 16. If it doesn't set, drizzle it over cake or ice cream as a caramely sauce, or make a fool out of it!
If desired, strain to remove inclusions like nuts, etc. Reserve these: place on a piece of parchment paper in one layer, to let them dry out a bit. Place the inclusions in the refrigerator if you prefer.
Prepare an ice bath half-fill a large bowl with ice, and barely cover with cold water. Place an equal-sized or smaller bowl over the ice water. Pour the hot, dissolved fudge mixture into the inside bowl, and stir till the mixture is cold. Mix in the whipped topping, folding it in to keep it smooth.
In a chilled bowl, beat the remaining cream. Fold it into the cold fudge mixture.
Carefully pour or scoop the mixture into wine glasses or some other individual serving cup. Cover with plastic wrap, not touching the surface. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. If desired, sprinkle with the reserved inclusions before the final chilling, or before serving.
Serves 8 to 10.
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