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Vanilla fudge

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus overnight cooling
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  • Cuts into 36 pieces

Homemade fudge makes a fabulous gift wrapped up for Christmas or any special occasion. Our recipe for these buttery sweets is well worth the effort

Nutrition: per piece
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal118
fat7g
saturates4g
carbs13g
sugars13g
fibre0g
protein0g
low insalt0g
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Ingredients

  • 450g golden caster sugar
  • 400g double cream
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbsp glucose syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

Method

  • STEP 1

    Line a 20 x 20cm cake tin with baking parchment. Tip the sugar, cream, butter and glucose syrup into a medium to large saucepan. Heat to dissolve the sugar and melt the butter, stirring now and again.

  • STEP 2

    Once dissolved, put a sugar thermometer in the pan, making sure the end is completely covered by the syrup – if not, transfer the mixture to a smaller pan (with enough space for the syrup to bubble up). Increase the heat and bring the syrup to a steady boil. Keep bubbling, stirring occasionally to stop the sugar from catching, until the mixture reaches 116C – this is known as the soft ball stage.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the pan from the heat and leave to sit, undisturbed, for 5 mins, until the temperature drops to 110C. Stir in the vanilla and a good pinch of salt.

  • STEP 4

    Keep the sugar thermometer in the pan and begin beating the mixture with a wooden spoon, quite vigorously, until the temperature cools to about 60C. By this time the fudge will be really thick and will have lost it glossy shine. Remove the thermometer and continue beating for a few mins more. This process is very important when making fudge, as it creates small sugar crystals, which give the fudge its lovely smooth and creamy texture (see 'fudge know-how', below).

  • STEP 5

    Before it sets completely, quickly pour the fudge into your prepared tin and smooth over the surface. Leave to cool at room temperature overnight – don’t put the fudge in the fridge as it will become sticky and won’t set properly. Cut into bite-sized pieces and pop in a box to give as a present. Will keep, in a sealed container, for up to 2 months.

RECIPE TIPS
FUDGE KNOW-HOW: SUGAR CRYSTALS

Fudge gets its melt-in-the-mouth consistency from the small sugar crystals that are created by beating the mixture as it cools. If you beat the mixture before it has cooled to 110C, you will encourage larger crystals to form, which can result in a grainy texture.

FUDGE KNOW-HOW: TEMPERATURE

You need to be precise when making sweets and confectionery, so it’s worth investing in a sugar thermometer.

FUDGE KNOW-HOW: BEST RESULTS

For the best result, beat the mixture until it has almost set, then pour into a tin and smooth over.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2013

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