It’s that time of year when we need to find presents for the grown ups ‘lucky’ enough to spend time with/educate/care for my little ones and I’m sure plenty of other parents are in the same boat. There are so many people who need to be thanked, and who doesn’t love a sweet treat at this time of year?
Microwave fudge recipes are so easy to come by and here’s mine. (Let’s face it, it’s a whole lot safer than leaving a clumsy person in charge of a pan of boiling sugar!) It’s an adaptation of a few different recipes, based on the ingredients I had. (Some call for butter and I wasn’t sure Aldi baking margarine was quite the same so I just left it out!)
You will need:
1 can of condensed milk
400g of chocolate (I used 200g plain and 200g milk)
100g of sieved icing sugar
Toppings (I used candy canes and Maltesers)
Pour the condensed milk into a microwave safe bowl, give the can a good scrape out and resist the temptation to lick the spoon!
Break up all of the chocolate into the same bowl and microwave in 30 second bursts until it is melted. Mine took 1 min 30 seconds. (It doesn’t need to be melted completely when removed from the microwave as stirring it will help it along the way!)
Give it a really thorough stir until there are no lumps of chocolate. Sieve in the icing sugar and keep stirring. You will be left with quite a stiff mixture.
Pour the mix into a suitable container, I used a square silicone cake pan but an ice cream tub or similar is adequate. (Lining it with parchment or cling film will help you to remove it.) Smooth the surface with a spatula. There’s no need to make it perfectly flat right now unless you aren’t adding a topping.
Here’s the festive bit! Take 3 candy canes (still in their wrappers) and crush them with a rolling pin. (The method is up to you-rolling is less messy but giving them a good bash is a great stress reliever!) Remove them from the packets and tip over the fudge mixture, pressing it down gently.
Cover with cling film and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight (depending how organised you are).
Cut it into pieces and place them into cellophane bags. As a guide, this recipe made 64 pieces of fudge in a 7″ square pan.
I printed out some labels and attached them with baker’s twine so that the recipients know the ingredients. These will also double up as gift tags.
What toppings would you add? I thought Chocolate Orange segments would also look lovely! Do you have any last minute gift ideas?