Microwave boozy fudge

Microwave boozy fudge

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins

Easy

Makes about 24 pieces
Also known as miracle fudge, this indulgent sweet treat is made in minutes in the microwave, and makes for an ideal last-minute edible gift - no sugar thermometer required

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per piece

  • kcal170
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk
  • 140g salted butter, chopped into pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur (or another alcohol of your choice - amaretto or brandy works well)
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Method

  1. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Put the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large heatproof bowl (the mixture will bubble up as it cooks to roughly double its size), add a good pinch of salt and stir together.

  2. Heat the mixture in the microwave on High for 10 mins, stirring every 2-3 mins. Keep an eye on the mixture, as it will bubble up and may go over the sides of the bowl.

  3. Add the vanilla and liqueur to the mixture, whisk together and heat on High for another 2 mins. The mixture should be caramel-coloured and thickened. Scrape into the tin and set aside for 45 mins–1 hr until cool and firm before cutting. Pack into a box and eat within 3 weeks.

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cookiedew
3rd Mar, 2017
3.8
This is delicious but is more of a Scottish tablet than a fudge. The texture is crumbly as per the picture and not soft and pliable as fudge would be. It is worth making though and will do so again. I haven't used alcohol but added chopped walnuts instead. Very nice and would recommend if you are happy with a crumbly texture ..... a lot less of a faff than normal fudge making!
foodie is me
11th Jan, 2017
5.05
The fudge turned out perfect and crumbly, just the way I like it. Cutting was difficult given that it was crumbly, but it tasted great. I left the alcohol out btw.
martindukeuk
27th Dec, 2016
Delicious and super quick and easy. My test batch was sticky and a bit crystalised once fully set, so for the second attempt I beat the mixture by had for several minutes after all the cooking until it was starting the really thicken and om the verge of wanting to set. The result isn't a crumbly fudge, but instead is gorgeously smooth!
mirandabellamc
22nd Dec, 2016
I have just put this back in the microwave after 1 hour was too sticky. Have followed recipe exactly. It tastes of condensed milk. I am hoping that the second heating solves the problem. These are for gifts!!!
craxykitten
20th Dec, 2016
5.05
I made this fudge last night. It turned out great! I also was a bit worried by the comments. Mine took about 14-15 mins to cook so, a little bit longer than the recipe, I waited till it had turned golden before adding the baileys. ( I may add an extra tablespoon next time). Would definitely recommend this recipe, so easy !
Vegirl
1st Dec, 2016
5.05
Just tried this and wondered how it would turn out after reading the comments. I couldn't see anything about wattage for the microwave and the highest setting is different depending on your microwave. So l just hoped my highest power level was right. I beat every two minutes. I made it exactly as per recipe but whisked it at the end, perfect and very crumbly. A little too crumbly, l think l whisked too much. I had been watching the set on a saucer each time l stirred. At earlier stages it was sticky and more like caramel or toffee, so l am sure those who found the finished result that way just needed to cook a little longer. It is actually really good fudge and very, very easy.
Hildalovesfood
1st Oct, 2016
What a great recipe! I have made this twice now - with and without the booze and both versions were delicious. I beat my fudge until glossy at the end of the cooking, but found that when I stirred the air out of the mixture during the cooking process the mixture was more crumbly.
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jazza42uk
8th Feb, 2016
In common with others, mine turned out sticky. It's not losing its shape, but it's certainly not crumbly. I guess it's halfway between caramel and fudge really! It is however very tasty, enough to make want to have another bash. This time for longer/at a higher wattage, and with a lot more salt. This batch will be coming to the office with me, where I suspect my gannet colleagues will ensure that it doesn't last long..!
gjfeenan
25th Jan, 2016
5.05
This was fab!!! Exactly what it said on the tin. Crumbly and moreish. I used a vanilla pod and about half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I didn't use any booze because I didn't have any in the house. I followed the instructions to a t. I cooked it at 900w in time spaces of 2mins 30 seconds and beat the air out of it each time. It set quickly. Can't fault it. Couldn't fault it. :)
nathalie_marshall
2nd Jan, 2016
We had similar setting problems. Had chosen this recipe so my 12 year old and 10 year old could have a go but we ended up tipping the results back in to a pan with a splash of milk and reboiling with a sugar thermometer. We also though it was grainy too so did what we do with standard fudge which is throw it in the kenwood chef once done! This has worked OK. Will try the standard recipe again tomorrow (only son got a go, daughters turn!) but cook for longer and beat in the kenwood too. Taste is fine!

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Coxygb
23rd Dec, 2016
Can you replace condensed milk for coconut milk and would you need to reduce the sugar?
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goodfoodteam
24th Dec, 2016
Thanks for your question. No unfortunately you can't replace coconut milk with condensed milk in this recipe. Making fudge is a fine balance and we would always recommend following the recipe.
Belinda75
19th Dec, 2015
Made this as per instructions but apart from the middle square inch it just didn't set! The rest was more like caramel. What went wrong? Thanks
craxykitten
20th Dec, 2016
5.05
I found it needed longer than the recipe, mine took about 15 mins :)
brocklml
14th Dec, 2015
I have loved in the US for seven years and have never managed to track down golden caster sugar: would regular white sugar produce the same results? I want to try this out for last minute colleague gifts
alissa
13th Dec, 2015
0.05
Really disappointed with this recipe - has this really been tested multiple times?! It's a sticky mess - any suggestions for how to save it before the whole lot goes in the bin?
craxykitten
20th Dec, 2016
5.05
It probably needed longer than the recipe. Mine didnt start bubbling until the 10mins and wasnt ready until about 15!
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goodfoodteam
14th Dec, 2015
Hi there, sorry to hear you're not having success with this recipe. All our recipes are triple tested however microwaves do differ slightly so if it is still very soft after being left to set for 45mins-1hr transfer the mixture back into the heatproof bowl and return to the microwave for another 2-3 mins. Store in a cool, dry place but not in the fridge as this can make it sticky.
Yummyscrummy1
9th Dec, 2015
Would this work without adding the booze? And could you substitute vanilla essence for bean paste? Prefer plain fudge but really keen to try this recipe as it looks so simple!
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goodfoodteam
18th Dec, 2015
Yes vanilla essence is fine to swap for the bean paste, although we haven’t tried it without the alcohol we think it should be OK, but cook for just 1 min in step 3 then check before cooking again if it still needs it.
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