DK and I took a long slow walk down to the local village this afternoon to buy the ingredients for fudge. We got back and I realized I didn’t have my special fudge recipe (from my Mom!) so I bopped off to the Nestle web site at http://www.carnation.co.uk/pudcasts/ultimate-fudge and wallah, there was a recipe very similar to the one we grew up with:
500 ml (2 cups) sugar
75 ml (5 Tbsp) water
30 ml (2 Tbsp) golden syrup
60 g (4 Tbsp) butter
1 cans (385 g) NESTLÉ Condensed Milk
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
Place sugar and water into a heavy saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Add syrup and butter, stir till butter has melted.
Add the Condensed Milk and stir until mixture comes to the boil.Boil slowly, stirring all the time, until the soft ball stage is reached ± 25 minutes. (Place a drop of the mixture into a glass of water and it should form a soft ball when rolled between your fingers).
Remove from the heat, add vanilla and beat mixture with a wooden spoon until it begins to thicken. Pour into a greased 18 x 28 cm pan and leave to cool.
Cut into squares when almost cold.
I ended up making a huge mess in DK’s kitchen, when I decided to experiment with all kinds of different flavours. The vanilla pod version was my favourite though – I let the pod boil away and the flavour quickly seeped into the gooey delight.
As for infusing the fudge with a red chilli, I don’t think one was enough (sans pips) to give enough bite. Rum worked a treat but sherry didn’t taste too great. Mixing in cocoa powder worked wonders.
I used the cocoa fudge to make a chocolate fudge heart which I layered on top of a coffee flavoured heart. This tiny little detail was the highlight of the ‘ dish’ in the end… a multi-leveled heart centrepiece on what was left of the vanilla fudge. Besides looking cute, it was delish!