Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Best Fudge You'll Ever Eat

If you're looking for an easy, quick treat to make for your friends and family this Christmas, perhaps to put inside a homemade hamper, this fudge is just the thing.
It's not too crumbly, but melt in the mouth  perfect. You can dress it up in some cellophane, like I've done here, or put it in a cute Christmas tin. Every mother and fathers day I put some in a leftover takeaway tub and post it to my parents, goes down a treat and is super cheap and easy. It's also a lovely food gift for anyone with dairy intolerance/allergy as it's very easy to make with margarine instead of butter and elmea buttermilk rather than cream.
 
Ingredients
450g Sugar
30g Butter/marg
325ml Cream
Few drops of vanilla essence or vanilla pod.
Small handful of white chocolate chips.
Method
Add the sugar, butter, vanilla and cream to a large saucepan and put over a low heat until the sugar dissolves.

Bring to the boil and let it boil, stirring constantly so it doesn't stick on the bottom of the pan. 
 
Keep boiling and stirring for 12-15mins, or until it has turned a golden honey colour and thickened. Check it is at the soft ball stage by dropping a drop of the mixture into a bowl of cold water. If you can roll it into a soft ball with your fingers in the water then it's ready.
 
When it's reached that stage, take it off the heat and whisk the mixture as it cools down. Chuck in the handful of white chocolate chips and whisk them in. When the mixture is getting too thick to whisk, pour into a tin lined with greaseproof paper.Leave to cool completely at room temperature. When cool cut into squares and wrap them in cellophane.
 
The cooking process takes less than half an hour and it's cool and ready to gift within a few hours. You could even make some chocolate fudge, add a tbsp or so of cocoa and of golden syrup at the beginning, and use dark chocolate chips at the end.
 
And there you go, a fail safe recipe for a sweet everyone will love as a gift, and perfect for a christmas hamper.

 
Emily Kate.

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