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Thu 10-Dec-09
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Ruthdigs
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Has anyone made fudge? 

Most of the recipes seem to advocate the boiling to a 'soft ball' and then beating etc but this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/chocola.....ml of Nigellas doesn't and seems a lot simpler.  Having had a (very) brief trawl it looks more like the american way of doing it - but does it work?

I am getting more and more lovely ideas for xmas pressies with which to fatten up my friends and family!  Laugh

Fri 11-Dec-09
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I awoke this morning with the desire to eat fudge!  I made it only once many years ago when I was a child but it didn't work very well and I've never made it since.  Even when I buy some it never tastes as I always expect it too.  I shall have a look at you link though, just to see if it sparks a desire...Wink

I'll try that again!

Sat 12-Dec-09
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I used to use the dairy cook book for fudge when I made it. Worked okay for me but it is so long ago since I made it as I made it when the kids were little and now they are all grown up and left home

Sun 13-Dec-09
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There is a new, small, shop in Newmarket that specialises in homemade sweets and candy. A great idea. But when I went in there a few weeks ago, they had maybe 10 varieties of flavoured fudge but no plain honest-to-god old-fashioned fudge. Amazing!

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Mon 14-Dec-09
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I know the feeling, must admit I'd rather go with a plain vanilla one, just use Nigellas instructions.  Guess I'll just have to tru and see what happens!  Smile

Mon 14-Dec-09
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It must be a time to think about fudge; My sister was here at the weekend and asked me the same question; do I need to beat it or can I just make it like Nigella?
I had no idea, so I await the testing!

Wed 23-Dec-09
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Well, I made 2 batches, one following her recipe with dark chocolate but minus the nuts.  Worked fine.  The 2nd I used white chocolate (as having thought about it I realised it must be the chocolate that makes it set) and a vanilla bean, it didn't really set as well as the dark version and to my mind you could still taste the condensed milk way too much.  Think I will stick to the dark choc variety.  I have some dried cranberries so I'm going to make a christmassy version now.  And hopefully not eat it all myself!  Smile

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Ruthdigs said: And hopefully not eat it all myself!  Smile


I wish you luck, it sounds fab. Smile

I'll try that again!

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Fiona is making fudge as we speak. She chose this recipe posted by a Pastry Chef with a passion for Fudge, who shares a recipe from a Pastry World Cup winner and Grandmaster Chocolatier (so it should be good!)

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Thu 24-Dec-09
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Is it done yet?  What's it look like?

I'll try that again!

Thu 24-Dec-09
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It's still setting but I got to lick the saucepan! Embarassed

OK, I used the squidgy scraper thingy (image of Danny with head stuck in large stockpot)

It is really, really good. Tastes like fudge ought to. I think good fudge is my favourite candy of all time. I must ask Fiona to make a batch using Nigella's recipe so we can compare them. But this one is extra smooth because the method calls for blending after cooking to blend in the sugar better to make for a smoother texture.

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Thu 24-Dec-09
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Good!  Yes I can somehow imagine you with your head in the pot, I wonder why?  I don't think I could stand up long enough to make it, though I did read the recipe.  Will you be selling that at the gate too?

I'll try that again!

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Yes, that's the plan.

Fiona wants to try candy as a line to see how it sells. For me, the exciting aspect of the garden gate stand is the ability to market test different things at practically no cost. If something does not sell over, say a two week period, the she can just drop it. No significant losses and I can gobble up the condemned stock Laugh

Also, it will be interesting to see how sales go over the 4 days of the holiday Fri-Mon. We always see young couples walking through the village at this time - probably children and their partners home for Christmas. I suspect that the partner might like to bring a small treat/thank-you/bribe back home to mother-in-law-to-be.

On an aside, one of the quirky aspects of Christmas growing up in our family back home in West Cork was that my mum always put nougat in with our presents under the tree (we did not do stockings). It was the only time of the year when we tasted nougat. I have no idea why she chose that, but it was not available locally. It was bought on a rare trip to Cork city, 45 miles / 60 km away.

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Thu 24-Dec-09
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What a great idea.  I do hope it goes well, at least you have the strategy right!  I love nougat too though it was never a Christmas gift, I used to get a little tin of Blue Bird toffees.

I'll try that again!

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Ooh I remember nougat, that was always a treat for me too, not sure if it was just Christmas though, I think it was just a treat my Grandad used to get me.

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