Sweet mother of decadence: when in doubt, fudge-it-out! Traditional and full-proof, silent nights are guaranteed with bonbons made righteous. And when made especially right ─ sans a candy thermometer ─ quiet consumption is the only indicator to echo volumes of successful homemade batches of soft and creamy goodness. Fortunately, one need not live in a marshmallow world to whip up mouth-watering morsels of confectionery cheer. Unrestricted to snowy seasons, the art of fudge-making is an incredibly effortless endeavour for anyone to take on many ‘wonderful’ times of year.
Getting back to the basics, the starting process for this old-fashioned novelty involves a handful of ingredients and three simple steps: melt, mix and chill. Scoring brownie points ─ for closest in flavour ─ the combination of semi-sweet chocolate and walnuts remain a timeless classic. Cookies and cream, maple, and peanut butter are quite common varieties as well. Ultimately, adding tasty ‘extras’ or fragrant essences via vanilla, peppermint or other extracts will delightfully transform any fudgy creation.
Forgetting not the rest of us, feeling festive for fudge leads me to the making of an edible colour swatch up ─ elegant white chocolate, cranberry and pistachio fudge. Both palatable yet palette-inspired, this show-stopping sugary delight is sure to fancy any sweet-tooth. To make your own embellished block of ‘nuit blanche,’ simply get your hands on the “must-haves”: chocolate, condensed milk, dried cranberries and shelled roasted pistachios. Chocolate and condensed milk, once melted, stir in the remaining coarsely chopped ‘friendlies’ until well combined, and proceed to pour the mixture into a parchment-lined refrigerator-proof dish. With the magic of real-time ─ elapsing of two hours ─ cut the fudge into bite-sized pieces and enjoy.
For a cocoa-rich alternative, fudge can equally be made using either dark or milk chocolate ─ essentially, real chocolate. Repeating similar steps, rough chop and melt your preferred quality chocolate (750 grams) ─ chips work fine, too ─ with a can of condensed milk (300ml), then combine the mixture with candied fruit and/or toasted nuts. Adding texture and taste, my interpretation of rocky road is decorated with ─ as expected ─ soft miniature marshmallows, in addition to nutty cascades of toasted almonds and hazelnuts. Convenient and clearly exhaustion-free, thank goodness for this hectic-free treat. Finally, a dessert recipe anyone can be proud to ─ intentionally ─ fudge-up.
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