Friday, September 19, 2008
Wee Treats for Gifts
Fudge is always a great gift to give – it lasts for a while and is not the kind of thing that people often make for themselves, but most people seem to love it. It also makes quite a bit if you have got a number of gifts to make. I made this fudge on the weekend and split the batch up – some to go with a 50th birthday present, some as a thank you for having us and some for a staff birthday gift. And there was enough for a few pieces for my husband and me to enjoy.
The fudge is similar to Russian fudge but is made with dark cane sugar instead of white sugar. You could add rum as a flavouring, but I added vanilla extract, as I didn’t have any rum, plus I much prefer the taste of vanilla. Actually, the dark brown sugar gives the fudge a delicious caramelised flavour – almost like toffee rather than the lighter taste Russian fudge has.
My fudge was perhaps a little softer than I would have liked – I think this was because I was doing something else at the same time as making it (not a good idea when making fudge!) and I didn’t beat it enough, but it was still very delicious – real melt in the mouth stuff!
And just to add a savoury note to temper all the sweetness! I have mentioned before how I love meatballs, well earlier in the week I made some delicious Greek inspired meatballs by adding crumbled feta and chopped kalamata olives to beef mince. We had them with brown rice which I spiced with cardamom pods and chopped mint, and silverbeet sautéed with browned onion, garlic and chickpeas (inspired by Claudia Roden). Served with my favourite Cyclops thick and creamy yoghurt, this was delicious!
3 ½ c dark cane sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
½ c milk
200g condensed milk
2 tsp rum or vanilla extract
· Stir all ingredients except for the rum or vanilla over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved
· Increase heat and boil fudge until it reached 120c on a candy thermometer
· Add vanilla or rum, then beat until the fudge is thick and has lost its gloss
Pour into a 23cm square tin which is greased or lined and mark into squares when set.