Thursday, 27 February 2014

Strawberry Fudge




Yay! I'm back as my laptop is all fixed and I can finally post this yummy fudge that I made my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. Sorry the recipe is late, but don't let that stop you from making this fudge for any occassion! Having no laptop has been much more of a struggle than I expected, turns out I am way more addicted to blogging that I realised...! I have made fudge a few times now. I did vanilla and Baileys flavours around Christmas time for gifts to my family and boyfriend (otherwise known as the fudge monster). Once he had devoured the Christmas fudge, most of it before Christmas Day, he asked if I could make him some strawberry fudge one day. I struggled a bit with a recipe as a lot of fudge recipes use marshmallows (especially strawberry ones for some reason), and my boyfriend is a vegetarian so he can't eat them because they contain gelatine. This one is cobbled together and honestly I didn't know if it would work! But it turned out to be the best fudge I have made so far. Here's how I made it...


I started with 500g caster sugar, 100g butter and 400g evaporated milk on a low-medium heat in a large pan. I stirred gently until the sugar and butter dissolved fully.


I added food colouring until it turned a nice light pink colour. Then I added strawberry flavouring, I used about 8 drops.



I used Sugarflair in Baby Pink and LorAnn Strawberry flavour oil.


Then I turned up the heat! I boiled the mixture for 10 minutes and stirred constantly. It does bubble away quite a lot and the mixture rises in the pan - use a bigger pan than you think you'll need! A silicone spatula for stirring is also a must.


Once it was done I took it off the heat and stirred in 200g white chocolate.


Finally I beat the fudge for about 10 minutes with a wooden spoon. This means stirring it quite aggressively! It will thicken up and start to lose it's glossy finish.


Then I poured it into a square tin lined with greaseproof baking paper.


I sprinkled freeze dried strawberry pieces on top for an extra punch of fruity flavour, it looks really pretty too! I pressed the pieces into the fudge gently with my whole palm to make sure it stuck and so as not to cause any dents in the fudge.


I left the fudge to cool overnight in the tin, then took it out and sliced it in the morning. My boyfriend loved this and started munching on it straight away! I'm really pleased with how the recipe turned out and I am going to make more fudge in the future with different flavours and colours. This recipe is completely versatile and you can add any colour or flavour you fancy!


I also entered this into myself and Cakeyboi's monthly baking challenge Treat Petite, this month's theme was Loved Ones and I made this for my loved one!



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Strawberry Fudge
Ingredients
  • 500g Caster sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 400g Evaporated milk
  • Pink food colouring
  • Strawberry flavour oil
  • 200g White chocolate
  • Freeze dried strawberries
Instructions
Heat the caster sugar, butter and evaporated milk on a low heat in a large pan. Stir gently until the sugar and butter dissolve fullyAdd the food colouring until it turns a nice light pink colour. Then add 8 drops of the strawberry flavouringTurn up the heat and boil the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring constantlyTake it off the heat and stir in the white chocolateBeat the fudge for about 10 minutes with a wooden spoonPour it into a square tin lined with greaseproof baking paperSprinkle the freeze dried strawberry pieces on top and press the pieces into the fudge gently your palmLeave the fudge to cool completely in the tin, then take it out and slice into squares

6 comments:

  1. Yum!!!! MUST make some strawberry fudge.....Love the colour. I always find it quite scary when it nearly boils over. Like it's going to take over the kitchen! You're right ..... you need a huge pan!!!!!

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    1. Haha yes the first time I made it I had to make a mad dash to pour it into a bigger pan as it expanded far more than I expected!

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  2. I have been eyeing those freeze dried strawberries and raspberries and trying to come up with an excuse to use them! I love the idea of them on top of this amazing looking strawberry fudge! Yum! I wish someone would make this fudge for me! You have a lucky partner!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I also made some biscuits using the raspberry ones a while back: http://www.thebakingexplorer.com/2013/04/raspberry-lemon-shortbread-biscuits.html

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  3. Nice to see you back! I totally never knew that a lot of fudge recipes contained marshmallow, how strange! This fudge looks delicious, such a nice colour and looks so pretty with the freeze dried strawberries.

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    1. Thanks Kim! I think it's just the strawberry ones, and a lot of American recipes had them in too.

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