I’ve been making Christmas hampers to give to friends and family for the last four or five years, one of the items they always rave about is my easy-peasy homemade fudge.
Simple to make, these festive treats makes a great small gift to box or wrap up to give to teachers or neighbours.
- One tin or around 400ml of condensed milk
- 150ml whole milk
- 1lb demerara sugar
- 4oz butter
- An 8inch square tin, greased and lined
- A heavy bottomed pan
- Wooden spoon
- Glass of water or jam thermometer
1. Add all of the ingredients to your heavy bottomed pan and turn on to a low heat (if you are using a jam thermometer put it in the mixture from the beginning too.)
2. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely, this will take quite a while.
3. Bring to a boil – you should be looking out for small popping bubbles.
4. Allow to simmer for around 10 minutes. Keep stirring and make sure to run your spoon over the bottom of the pan to stop the mixture sticking.
5. Test to see if the fudge is done by either reading the thermometer (there should be a marking that says fudge) or if you don’t have one – drop a small amount of the mixture into a glass of cold water. If it forms a tight ball it is done, if not keep going.
6. Once it has reached the above stage take it off the heat and beat with your wooden spoon for around 10 minutes, when specks should start to appear. Stir these grainy speck through the mixture.
7. Pour into your tin, smooth out the top and allow to cool.
8. Once cold cut into bite sized chunks.
This is utterly gorgeous in the original state but you can play around by adding things such as rum, stem ginger, raisins, chocolate etc. at step 6 – when it comes off the heat.
What are you adding to your homemade Christmas hampers this year?