Fudge (for one!): When the Sugar Craving Calls

Handmade fruit fudge.

Fudge - Image via Wikipedia

Every now and then I get a sugar craving that just won’t quit!  Rather than rushing out to the shops for a pre-made hit, I’ve come up with this very inexact recipe for fudge based on this more exact recipe.

Method
  • a dollop of margarine (or whatever you use for spread – I use low ‘healthier’ fat spreads: olive or canola)
  • a slightly larger dollop of granulated sugar
  • about half as much semi-skimmed milk to fat

I use a large wooded spoon for dolloping.  Just stick it in the margarine container and scoop out a dollop.  For the sugar, same thing – but I measure over the saucepan and allow it to heap and overflow a bit.  To measure the milk I pour it into the spoon, again allowing a slight overflow. Because the milk is liquid, I have to fill the spoon twice, while the fat is solid so stays in one piece, and the sugar heaps and trickles down.

Stir and melt it all together in a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat.  When it’s melted, let it come to a roaring boil and boil for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.    Use the time to grease a small plate or saucer, and prepare your flavoring.  You can use as little or as much as you want, in whatever combination you desire.  A few suggestions:

Chocolate fudge squares.

Would you like some fudge? Image via Wikipedia

  • dried fruit
  • chopped nuts
  • slivered fresh ginger
  • vanilla
  • peppermint
  • chocolate

Test the fudge to see if it’s ready by drizzling a little in a glass of very cold water, stick your fingers in and see if you can get it to form a soft ball.  When it does, it’s ready.

Take it off the heat and add the flavoring then beat by hand till it thickens and is no longer glossy (if it’s boiled long enough this should take just a few minutes).

You may want to scoop it onto a greased plate to harden, or you may want to just eat it out of the pot.  Up to you and depends on how intense that craving is.

This recipe makes enough to make one glob of fudge about the size of a large bake shop biscuit.  And that’s usually enough fudge to satisfy my craving.  Please use Fairtrade sugar.


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