Tuesday, 30 April 2013

"Never Ever Fails Fudge"



3 Cup Brown sugar
3/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup milk
Dash salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
2 Cup Castors or icing sugar (really fine powdered sugar)
1/2 cup flour
Non-stick cooking spray


In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine brown sugar, butter, milk, and salt. Bring the mixture to a strong boil, one that remains boiling after stirring.  Allow to boil for 6 minutes while stirring often.  In a medium bowl whisk the fine sugar and flour together, and spray a 9 inch round or square glass/pyrex pan. After the mixture has boiled for 6 minutes, remove from heat and the flour mixture gradually while mixing with an electric mixer until everything is combined and the batter is starting to thicken, pour the batter into the prepared pan and  try and get it to settle smooth and even in the pan.  Set the pan in the fridge until the fudge gas set which can take between 3 and 5 hours.  Once the fudge has set, cut it into squares and transfer to a container with a lid where it will keep in the fridge for about a week.

Some times I like to add a coating of Skor Chippets to the top of my fudge, which are just little toffee chips made by Hersey. If you can get anything like that I highly suggest trying it. I might not love fudge, but even I can't resist it with Skor chips on top. Oh and if you put the Skor on top, call it something fancy like Caramel crunch fudge, or Cobble Street fudge. People like fancy names.



Can't lie, this isn't my favorite dessert, but it was a favorite of my little brothers growing up, so I did make it a lot more often than most people. Home made fudge does seem to be falling out of popularity, which is a real shame given how easy it is.  Especially this recipe.

The funny thing about this particular recipe is that my little brother had fudge at some other kids birthday party when he was very young and he loved it. So our mother, who was always a champion dessert maker and cook in general (which is hilarious given that she never ate most of what she made) but when she tried to make her mother's recipe for fudge it failed quite miserably. This might be because unlike myself, my mother does not like to write everything out, so she has books and boxes filled with recipes that were passed down to her by my grandmother, but neither of us can use them because pretty much all of them are just lists of ingredients and a title.  That is not a helpful recipe index system if you ask me.  So it's no wonder that her first attempt at fudge was a failure because I am nearly certain that most people who tried to make fudge that way the first time would fail.

However, lets get back to the point, my mother was a dessert queen. Until her fudge failed and my little brother being the sweet child that he was, must have complained to his friend that his mom couldn't make awesome fudge like his mom could.  So a few days later my sweet baby brother came home from school beaming from ear to ear because his friends mom had sent over her recipe for "Never Ever Fails Fudge", which was the title the lovely lady had written on the top of the recipe card.  My mother took that rather poorly and was mortified thinking that people wouldn't trust her desserts in the same way anymore.

Of course that was a foolish thought, no one trusts a six year old boy as a food critic and my mother was still known throughout the land as the queen of dessert making. But every once and a while it's good to remind even a queen that she is still only human.

So knowing no one can be perfect all the time let's make some "Never Ever Fails Fudge"!

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