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Rachael Ray's Five-Minute Fudge Christmas Wreath

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


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She's hot... very hot.

In 2008, bubbly, easygoing Rachael Ray was the highest paid US television chef with her TV cooking/talk show, 14 best-selling Rachael Ray cookbooks to date, her own magazine in 2005 Every Day with Rachael Ray), and impressive cookware endorsements. In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated Ray's earnings for the year at $16 million.

She received national attention from a 2001 segment on the Today show that aired during a blizzard; the positive reaction from viewers was remarkable. Ray was signed to a $360,000 contract the very next day by the Food Network. From there, her popularity exploded.

Ray has been nominated for Emmys for her show 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray. Known for her perkiness and big smile, Ray is both extremely popular with American viewers, while being mocked and criticized by critics. In November 2009, after appearing on Ray's cooking/helpful hints show, design diva Martha Stewart made several disparaging comments to the press about Ray's lack of refined cooking skills. Stewart later apologized.

Ray's famous trademark terms include "Yum-o!" and "EVOO" (for extra-virgin olive oil).

Be still my chocolate lovin' heart... this easy (and rich!) recipe for a Yuletide-spirited, chocolate-bursting Five-Minute Fudge Christmas Wreath was featured on Rachael Ray's website in 2007, and is incredibly easy to make for the Christmas season. Kids will love to pitch in making this fudge wreath, but be sure they are supervised, as the high temps of melted chocolate for fudge-making can be extremely dangerous.

Other chopped nuts can be substituted for the walnut halves, or omitted altogether. While the candied cherries as garnish are optional, they add a fanciful visual impact to the finished fudge wreath. While the recipe doesn't specify it clearly, cut the cherries in half before garnishing, placing the cut sides down in the cooling fudge.

Be sure to check out Ray's website for many more easy, thrift-minded recipes.


Rachael Ray's Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge Christmas Wreath


Place a heavy pot on the stove and pre-heat it over low heat. Add chocolate and butterscotch morsels and milk and stir until morsels are melted and milk is combined. Save the empty condensed milk can. Stir in the vanilla and remove the fudge from heat. Add the nuts and currants and stir in immediately.

Cover the empty condensed milk can with plastic wrap and center it in the greased cake pan. Spoon fudge into pan around can, making sure to center the can if it drifts.

The fudge will set up almost immediately. Garnish can only be added in the first minute or two that the fudge is in the pan, so work quickly. Decorate your wreath with "holly" made from cut candied red and green cherries. A wreath left plain can be garnished with a pretty fabric bow when serving.

Chill covered in the refrigerator. Slice the fudge very thin when ready to serve — a little goes a long way!

Serves 32 (2 pounds).


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