2 tablespoons butter plus butter for greasing kettle
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Marshmallow Creme
1 ounce blanched almonds, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 or 2 ounces red and/or green candied cherries, quartered and pressed with a paper towel to remove any syrup (optional)
Grease kettle sides with butter. Bring whipping cream to a boil over medium
to high heat; set off heat.
Add sugar and stir to melt.
Stir in corn syrup, 2 tablespoons butter and salt.
With candy thermometer in the kettle, bring batch to a boil on medium heat
and cook to 220 degrees F, stirring just enough to keep from sticking. With
a pastry brush dipped in a generous amount of cold water, wash around and above
cook line. Repeat a second time.
Continue the easy stir and cook to 238 degrees F. (Watch the thermometer
reading closely after washing down cook line. The batch will reach 238 degrees
F - it will cook very quickly.)
Remove from heat immediately and set on wire rack to cool undisturbed for
at least 5 minutes.
With a rubber spatula or large serving spoon, stir in remaining ingredients.
Continue to stir 5 to 10 minutes, working kettle sides and bottom. Gloss
will begin to dull and the fudge will have a thickening appearance, as if trying
to hold a shape. Without delay, scoop into loaf pan for a thickness of about
1 1/4 inches.
As soon as the batch sets, remove from pan and place on wire cooling rack.
When cold, store in plastic bag to mellow overnight for better cutting.