We have a family tradition that the boys decorate boxes and then fill them with tasty homemade goodies as Christmas presents for their grandparents and cousins.
This year we did white chocolate shapes made on a mould from an old advent calender, marzipan stuffed dates, coloured marzipan shapes, popcorn and then they chose to make chocolate fudge from a recipe in a book they bought me for my birthday. The recipe was for a very large quantity to fill a 20cm x 30cm baking tray, so I reduced it to make two thirds of the quantity. Even so, we had some spare for ourselves and it was delicious. I adapted the recipe as I didn’t have any unsalted butter and I also chose to add cream. I’m sharing the adapted recipe here.
800g granulated sugar
175 ml milk
75 ml cream
350g dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
Grease a 20 x 30 cm baking tin and line with greaseproof paper.
Prepare an ice-water bath.
Break the chocolate into small pieces.
Put the sugar, milk, cream and margarine in a large pan.
Cook over a moderate, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved and margarine melted.
Stop stirring and bring mixture to the boil.
Without stirring, cook at a slow boil for about 10 minutes.
Stir in the chocolate.
Immediately place the pan in the ice-water bath for a few seconds.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour into the tin and leave to cool.
Remove from the tin and cut into pieces.
Store in an airtight container.
Serve and enjoy.
Do you make any Christmas gifts? If so, I’d love to hear what you make.