Diana's Desserts - www.dianasdesserts.com


Servings: 1 1/4 pounds, approximately 32 pieces
What is Penuche?

Penuche is a creamy, fudgelike candy made with brown sugar, butter, milk or cream and vanilla. Chopped nuts are sometimes added. The mixture is heated to the soft-ball stage, whipped until thick and either dropped onto a cookie sheet or poured into a pan and allowed to set. The name is derived from the Mexican word for "raw sugar" or "brown sugar." Penuche makes a delicious treat for gift-giving at Christmas time or anytime during the holiday season.

Definition: From The New Food Lover's Companion, Second Edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup half-and-half or light cream
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1. Line a 8 x 4 x 2-inch or a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter the foil; set pan aside.

2. Butter sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In saucepan combine sugars, half-and-half or cream, and milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat till mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, till thermometer registers 236 degree F, soft-ball stage (15 to 20 minutes).

3. Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter and vanilla, but do not stir. Cool, without stirring, to 110 degree F (about 50 minutes).

4. Remove thermometer from saucepan. Beat mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon till penuche just begins to thicken. Add nuts. Continue beating till penuche becomes very thick and just starts to lose its gloss (about 10 minutes total).

5. Immediately spread penuche in the prepared pan. Score into squares while warm. When penuche is firm, use foil to lift it out of pan. Cut penuche into squares. Store tightly covered.

Makes 1-1/4 pounds (32 pieces).

Nutritional Information
Nutritional facts per serving
calories: 80, total fat: 2g, saturated fat: 1g, cholesterol: 3mg, sodium: 11mg, carbohydrate: 15g, fiber: 0g, protein: 0g, vitamin A: 1%, vitamin C: 0%, calcium: 0%, iron: 1%

Date: December 15, 2004