Microwave Fudge

Fudge. Everybody loves fudge, don’t they? If you don’t, I won’t be offended if you move on to the next post….lol

Soft, delicious, rich, decadent. No wonder it’s so popular!

I first tried making fudge in the microwave a few years ago. For Christmas. It was very well received! But the recipe that I used required liquid glucose, which I had no trouble finding in the supermarket, and it’s not particularly expensive…it’s just so very sticky and I don’t like working with it.

So when I saw Fast Ed making it on a Better Homes and Gardens program I quickly jotted down the recipe. He didn’t use glucose! In the interests of having a site for you to reference, I searched and searched until I found his recipe online. You can also find it on my Yum! Pinterest board ūüôā

Here is Fast Ed’s Microwave Fudge recipe:

  • 395g sweetened condensed milk
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200g dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 180g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tsp natural vanilla paste

1 Combine the sweetened condensed milk, butter, sugar and syrup in a microwave-proof bowl and cook on medium-high power for 7 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.

2 Mix in the chocolate and vanilla and stir until combined, then beat well until glossy. Spoon into a lined 17cm x 27cm slice pan and flatten. Set aside to cool, then cover with cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour until firm. Cut into 36 pieces.

It is important that you use butter when making this recipe. Margarine won’t work. I use the generic brand, and have had no issues.

It’s also important to use a glass bowl or jug. Plastic won’t cut it. I treated myself to a large Pyrex bowl specifically for fudge making. Of course, I can use it for other microwave dishes as well!

I had almost no brown sugar when I started making my first batch, so I topped it up with white sugar. The second batch I only had white sugar. Both still turned out perfectly well.

I always have golden syrup in my cupboard….until I needed it for this. I was considering substituting Maple Syrup, but chose honey instead.

If you have a 200g block of chocolate, use the whole lot (minus a square or two for quality control!). Don’t get precious about it.

Make sure the boiling sugar and butter mix has stopped bubbling before you add the chocolate. It only takes a minute or two. Otherwise you risk burning or seizing it, which makes it go grainy and look yuck. Still tastes good, though.

And if for some reason your fudge doesn’t set, don’t throw it out. Package it up and present it as topping for your ice-cream!

You can add flavourings to your fudge. I made craisin (dried cranberries) and chopped nuts with milk chocolate for my first batch, and Cointreau dark chocolate for the second.

Microwave fudge

The craisins and chopped nuts were about 1/2 cup in total. You can add whatever you think is a good combination. Coconut, dried fruit, chopped marshmallows, crushed biscuits…. You could also¬†press the dry toppings on top of the fudge instead of mixing them through. Mimi does a delicious one with crushed ANZAC biscuits on top ūüôā

For the Cointreau I¬†poured in a good splosh at the end. That’s a very technical term. It’s similar to a splash, but better. Again, you can choose whichever liquor you prefer. As this adds to the liquid content of the recipe, it doesn’t set quite so hard. You could compensate by reducing the golden syrup…or just let it be.

When set, cut into whatever size pieces you like. I know Ed says it makes 36 pieces, I’m sure I got more by making them a bit smaller. Whatever you are happy with.

Here I am preparing the fudge and homemade marshmallows for packaging:

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In the top right of this photo you can also see a sneak peak of the jars of Nuts and Bolts¬†– I thought I didn’t have one!

I used plastic chinese containers left over from a party to present the gifts. I topped them simply with a fabric flower. I have to thank Mimi for giving me that idea … and the website to source the flowers at a very good price¬†!

I layered the treats between squares of baking paper to stop them sticking together.

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A very sweet treat indeed!

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Homemade Marshmallows – these really are the best!

I read a blog post recently about making Turkish Delight (bare with me Рmarshmallows will be along soon!), and thought that would be a decadent indulgence to include in a Christmas hamper. It looked reasonably straightforward to make, with ingredients I mostly had at home.

I found and pinned a couple of recipes. A lot of them required a sugar thermometer which I don’t have, and have managed to do without. Most recipes from the USA listed Corn Syrup as an ingredient. We don’t seem to use that here in Australia. I expect liquid glucose is our equivalent, as I found other recipes that used that.

So I tried this one first. Easy to follow instructions. Looked like it was doing ok.

Then I tried this recipe. Again, easy to follow instructions, but different method and ingredients.

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The first one tastes pretty good, but was so sticky I couldn’t easily get it off the paper. The second one set beautifully, didn’t stick at all (mind you, I put cornflour on my baking paper-lined tin so that might have been the difference) but tasted gluey and floury. I didn’t bother dusting either batch with icing sugar/cornflour, as I was less than pleased with their result.

So I decided to ditch that idea. I might try again when Christmas isn’t a week away!

I don’t know what made me think of trying marshmallows next. But I am so glad I did! I found and pinned some recipes to my Yum Pinterest board.

I chose¬†this recipe from Taste.com.au¬†for my first attempt. And I am very happy with the result, so I don’t think I’ll need to try any others!

The recipe from Taste is so easy:

1 1/2 cups caster sugar (I used plain white sugar and it worked fine)

2 tablespoons gelatine

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Grease and line a 26cm slab pan, allowing paper to hang over sides. (I didn’t bother greasing, and it didn’t stick at all)

Place the sugar in a saucepan, add 2/3 cup hot water and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and syrup is clear.

Place gelatine in a bowl, pour over 2/3 cup cold water and use a hand whisk to combine. Pour mixture into hot sugar syrup and cook, stirring constantly, until the gelatine has dissolved and the mixture is clear. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Pour cooled mixture into a large bowl and use electric beaters or a kitchen mixer on high to beat for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture is very thick. Add the vanilla and beat to combine.

Pour into the prepared pan and leave in a cool place to set. Once set (about 1 hour) turn out of the pan and use a wet knife to cut into squares.  

Place the toasted coconut in a bowl and add the squares in batches of four, tossing them through the coconut to coat properly.

Other recipes required sugar thermometers and various other details. I found this simple and easy.

The mixture whipped up nicely. So thick and glossy!

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I actually used two smaller trays.¬† I divided my mixture between the two trays and then went back to smooth them over, to find that it had already started setting. So I left them not so smooth ūüėČ

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An hour or so later I cut them into squares and rolled them in toasted coconut. You can also roll them in a combination of cornflour and icing sugar. Equal quantities cornflour and icing sugar seems to be the usual thing, but you can also use much less icing sugar than cornflour if you prefer.

To toast desiccated coconut, place it in a dry frying pan and cook over medium heat. Make sure you stir it continuously, and don’t leave it alone! It only takes a couple of minutes. Once golden, remove it from the pan and let cool.

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I made some up into small packs to give to some school friends. I got a text later in the afternoon from one friend who said: “Mum said she could eat a whole tray of these, while Master E says it was like eating feather pillows!”

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I love my new Santa table runner!

These really are little pillows of deliciousness!

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I really can’t describe how much we love them. Once you have tried homemade marshmallows, store bought ones will pale into insignificance. You¬†will have to try them yourself!

Fluffy homemade marshmallows

I will also try making some flavoured marshmallows. Today I tried adding Butterscotch Schnapps. It didn’t whip up quite so well, so I need to experiment with that. They still tasted quite good!

I have an idea on something savoury and crunchy to gift along with the marshmallows. I will up update with that soon ūüôā

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