Monday 7 January 2008

Fabulous Fudge

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I usually don't do the whole resolutions for the new year bit, as they just get forgotten, but well this time I did and that's to update this blog more often than I have been doing.

It might have been more fitting to post this recipe before the holidays as it makes a great home-made present (in fact I made it as a Secret Santa present), but who says that fudge is only for Christmas. I could eat this at anytime of the year. Using good quality dark chocolate (I use Green & Blacks) means that it is very rich and chocolaty. I found it hard to resist.

This is a recipe from Nigella Lawson's 'Nigella Express' book, therefore it is quick and simple and you won't need to fuss about with a sugar thermometer.


Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

350g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped roughly
1 (397g) can condensed milk
30g butter
pinch of salt
150g pistachios, roughly chopped or bashed with a rolling pin

In a large heavy-based pan, melt the chocolate together with the condensed milk, butter and salt. Keep the heat low and stir continuously.

Once the chocolate is melted and has mixed with the other ingredients stir in the pistachios and mix well.

Pour the mixture into a 23cm square foil tray or a tray lined with baking paper. Smooth the top.

Let the mixture cool and then place it in the fridge until fully set. Once it is hard, turn it out onto a chopping board and cut into small pieces.

You can keep the pieces of fudge in the freezer and don't even need to defrost them before eating.


Marie Rayner said...

hehe, I had to laugh about keeping them in the freezer and still being able to eat them without thawing them out. I once did an enormous amount of Christmas baking well ahead of time. I had it all in the freezer. There must have been about 15 different little cookies, squares and tarts. All decadently delicious. I would sneak down to the freezer every day and have a couple, frozen. They tasted so yummy, if anything they were better frozen than thawed out. Wierd, I know. ALSO a glutton! Looks like great fudge though! Love the little star shapes setting it off!

Jules said...

I saw the Nigella Express episode with these on. Yours look delicious.