Just three sleeps ’til Christmas! How did this happen?! The last few weeks have absolutely flown by. Both Jon and I are working right up until Christmas day, as well as during the week between Christmas and New Year so our evenings are about to get very busy with last minute Christmas preparation.
I will be making the sweets, biscuits and savoury snacks for my Christmas hampers. I hand out baskets of home made treats to my Grandparents, aunties and uncles every year. This year I’ll be including:
I’m well known in my family for baking sugary treats but when it came to deciding what to put in my hampers this year it suddenly occurred to me that I had never before tried making fudge…
I’m a fan of getting out the old sugar thermometer, having made my own marshmallows plenty of times before. So, after raiding my cupboards for an old tin of condensed milk tucked away at the back of the cupboard, I got to making a big batch of vanilla fudge.
One of the great things about this recipe for fudge is that it involves just 4 ingredients and takes about 30 minutes to make. It’s certainly going to be my go-to recipe now when I need a sweet treat at the last minute.
- 379g can of condensed milk
- 150ml milk
- 1 vanilla pod
- 450g light brown sugar
- 115g soft butter
- Place all of the ingredients in a heavy bottomed non stick pan over a low heat until they have all melted together.
- Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer for 10-15minutes stirring continuously.
- Keep stirring until the mixture hits soft-ball stage on a sugar thermometer (roughly 118 degrees C) or until the mix sets when dropped into ice cold water.
- Remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring/beating the fudge until it cools down and begins to thicken.
- Do this for roughly 10 minutes. Until it is cool enough to touch, is thick and glossy, but is still runny enough to be poured.
- Pour the molten fudge into a rectangular pan lined with grease proof paper.
- Set to one side and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.
This is a classic vanilla fudge recipe so can easily be jazzed up a bit!
Top tip: Why not add nuts, dried fruits or chocolate before pouring into the tin? You can also dip the fudge into chocolate once it has set.
Do you put together hampers of baked treats for your friends and family? What kind of things do you include? Mine are often sweets and biscuits! You can never have too many during the festive season…I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!