I have been planning on making fudge for a while, but somehow just never got around to it.
At the weekend we were out with friends at a wine fair, there was lots of different wine producers from all over France. To enhance the wine experience, there was also various food producers too, cheese, pate, macaroons, nougat, chocolates, patisserie, you know what I mean.
One of our friends was looking out for fudge as on previous visits there was a producer that had fudge, unfortunately this year there was no fudge, so of course I decided that when I got home, I would need to make some fudge.
I had a look around the internet and my many many cook books before I decided on my recipe. Of course all of the recipes are so similar I could reference a multitude of recipes, so I will list a few at the end of this recipe and you can decided for your self.
I wanted a recipe with sweetened condensed milk, as I had some in the cupboard and all of the other bits, milk, butter, sugar and vanilla.
There is a number of recipes that include marshmallow fluff, not something that I see around in any of our food shops, so for the time being those recipes are off the table. I will come back to them over the next few months, but of course I will have a go at making my own as I do make marshmallows too, so one day…..
So lets get to the point of the Vanilla fudge, 5 ingredients, a large pot, a wooden spoon and a candy thermometer, this is beneficial but not strictly essential.
Make sure you have a large pot, bigger than you may think, of course you are going to be working with boiling sugar, so you want to make sure it stays in the pot and doesn’t have the opportunity to boil over.
Place the sugar, milk, condensed milk and butter into the pot and put it over a low/medium heat until all the sugar and butter is melted. Once they are melted and the mixture is well combined, raise the temperature and bring the mixture to the boil.
Allow the mixture to boil for 15 – 20 minutes and keep mixing, take care as this is boiling sugar and extremely hot.
You can check if the mixture is ready, by using a sugar thermometer or a cup of cold water. I used the sugar thermometer because I have one, but it is not essential, allow the mixture to reach 113-115 degrees C. then remove from the heat and mix in the vanilla essence.
Then beat the mixture until it thickens, again this will take 10-15 minutes, you need to beat it to allow the sugar to cool down and the shine to disappear, this gives your fudge that wonderful creamy, melt in the mouth experience.
When your mixture is thick and setting, transfer the mixture into a lined tin, (I used a 16 cm x 25 cm tin) I wanted the fudge to be thick, so we could have nice cubes.
Using the back of a metal spoon, smooth the mixture out and into the corners, I also used a piece of buttered grease proof paper on the top, to help smooth out the mixture and achieve an nice even top. (Don’t leave the paper on top, you don’t want to cause condensation.
Allow the fudge to cool at room temperature, then lift out using the paper and cut into cubes, I managed to get 30 pieces from this mixture.
If you happen to have any to store, then place the fudge in an air tight container and ENJOY.
These are some of the recipes I found and used as inspiration :
You can find a number of low cost Sugar Thermometers on Amazon, I have listed a few below :