Aliens in the Apple

Really good fudge

Franci 23 Sep 2010 Food Recipes

I haven’t made fudge many times before, but whenever I’ve tried, it’s turned out terribly. Either too soft and runny, or hard and crystallised. Until the day I made this recipe that I obtained in a dubious way…

I was sitting in the doctor’s waiting room in Christchurch a good number of months back. For some reason I was in a side room on my own and I spent the time browsing a Next magazine or some magazine like that when I came across a bunch of recipes of Jo Seagar’s that they had published. And they all looked SO good. The magazine was old and getting on a bit in looks… I’m sure they were going to throw it out soon… so I ripped out the recipes and popped them in my bag. Now, in hindsight, I should have asked whether that would be ok. But I didn’t…

The other night I explained how I got the recipe over dinner to Ben, in full hearing of Marica, who then proceeded to berate me and enlighten me about how “stealing is really bad, Mummy”. I stand convicted. It’s still a really good recipe, and I’m going to share it with you, so you can be partakers of my crime. :-)

If you want to make fudge that isn’t at all grainy, that is smooth and super yummy, that takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, then this one’s for you.

Jo’s Fabulous Fudge

(I halve this recipe.)

1. Use a tin that’s 20 x 30cm and at least 4cm deep: spray it with non-stick baking spray and line with non-stick baking paper.

2. Place all ingredients, except the chocolate and vanilla in a large heavy-based saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.

3. Bring to the boil and boil gently until it becomes very thick and changes colour to a dark caramel/brown-paper shade - about 6 to 8 minutes, or until it reaches the soft-ball stage).

4. Stir continuously with a silicon spatula.

5. Remove from heat and stand until the bubbles subside. Stir in the vanilla and chocolate and beat until melted and smooth.

6. Pour in the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Cool to room temperature (about 3 hours) and then refrigerate until firm.

7. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 weeks, or can be frozen.

Comments (3)

Ben 23 Sep 2010 at 10:08am

If I recall correctly, Marica didn’t literally say “stealing is really bad”, but asked something more like, “why did you steal that from the magazine?” :-)

Franci 23 Sep 2010 at 10:26am

Thanks hun, the memory gets hazy. :-) She did tell me that I shouldn’t have done it, though!

Anna Miretti 17 Oct 2010 at 11:20am

I, being impatient at times, have a super fast, super easy, super delicious recipe for peanut butter fudge. You take one regular sized jar of peanut butter and heat it up, either on the stove or in the microwave. In a bowl, you add one package of store-bought cream cheese frosting. After thoroughly mixing, you spread on wax paper or aluminum foil and put in the freezer for it to set. It is soooooooooooo good!!! Also, another quick and yummy recipe is for homemade(ish) sherbert. Pick one packet of any flavor Kool-Aid(cheap brand is super) and mix it with 1 cup of sugar and 3 cups of milk. After it is mixed, put in the freezer for an hour or two. At that time, the sherbert is slightly mushy. Take it out of the freezer and mix it up very well. (Use an electirc mixer for smoother results than a fork produces). Pour mixture from the bowl into shallow, freezer-safe container, and cover. After it sets, you have delicious sherbert that “I made myself”. Kids love it! (Who am I kidding? I love it, too.)