Friday, 11 December 2015

Cheat's Chocolate Orange Fudge

Made in a microwave and taking only a few short minutes, this delicious fudge is
far easier to achieve success with!

Chocolate Orange Fudge made in a microwave

Fudge, fudge, glorious, fudge!  I adore fudge, it's probably safe to say that it's one of my favourite types of confectionary, and Chocolate Orange Fudge is certainly no exception; soft,  sweet and ... fudgey :-) 

I've been wanting to make some fudge for a while now for small Christmas gifts.  Being quite a traditional sort of person I was planning on making it the classic way, in a heavy pan with a sugar thermometer whilst watching it like a hawk.  But, after three failed attempts, yes three (!), I was starting to become a little frustrated with it.  Either I didn't achieve the correct firmness,  despite using a sugar thermometer, or the pan ended up with a thick layer of burnt sugar on the base!  Thankfully after a lot of elbow grease and soaking said pan is now back in regular use!  Being the sort of person not to give up I have written to Santa to ask for a new digital thermometer, so later in the new year I will be aiming to successfully make some traditional fudge, fingers crossed!

Chocolate Orange Fudge made in a microwave

In the meantime though, and still wanting to make some homemade fudge gifts, I by chance came across a method of making fudge in the microwave! I must admit I was a little sceptical at first, after all, heating chocolate and sugar in a microwave just didn't seem to sit right in my mind.  Sugar and chocolate are so sensitive to heat that they can easily burn (don't I just know it!) and the chocolate seize.  However, having seen a few references on the internet describing this method, I decided there must be some method to the apparent madness :-)  and decided to give it a try!   And you know what, it worked a treat!  There was no need for a sugar thermometer.  No need for a quality pan either.   Just a microwave, a suitable container and 10 minutes!  

Gifts of Chocolate Orange Fudge

I used two types of chocolate in the mixture, milk and plain.  I believe the plain chocolate helps this type of fudge to firm up a little more given its higher proportion of cocoa solids, but given that I'm not a massive fan of plain chocolate I introduced some milk chocolate to the mixture as well.   The combination was delicious, still being sweet and delivering a good hit of chocolatey-ness.  Not wanting to go off piste with the flavours I added some orange extract to the hot fudge mixture to create a classic flavour combo.   If you enjoy Terry's Chocolate Orange, you're certainly going to love this fudge!  It's citrusy, rich, silky, sweet and indulgent!   Very indulgent!  The fudge was shared amongst neighbours, friends and Mr E's work colleagues who loved it, many of them asking for the recipe! 

Chocolate Orange Gifts

The fudge is oh so perfect to parcel up as small sweet gifts this Christmas time.  Being a lover of baking, I just love to make small edible gifts at this time of year.  Parcelled in cute cellophane bags and tied with a festive ribbon, it's lovely to share a few of these delicious pieces of confectionary with friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours.   This quantity easily filled 8 small cellophane bags (6 pieces each) leaving Mr E & I a few left over to graze upon.  Alternatively, why not pile them high on a pretty plate for those mingling Christmas and New Year celebrations.

How to make Chocolate Orange Fudge in a microwave



So let's get to it and bake.


Cheat's Chocolate Orange Fudge     Yum

Yield: about 60 pieces
Serves: 10 people
Difficulty: Easy 
Time: hands on time about 10  - 15 minutes; plus cooling and setting time. 
Freezable: Sorry, untested

You will need:

1 x Microwave Safe Container with lid (at least 1.5L capacity)
1 Brownie Tray measuring 20 x 20cm (or similar)
Grease Proof Paper
Cling Film

For the Chocolate Orange Fudge

395g tin Condensed Milk
200g Dark Chocolate
200g Milk Chocolate
60g Unsalted Butter, plus extra for greasing
3 capfuls of Orange Extract (I used Sainsbury's Valencian Orange Extract which smells divine)

How to make it:

1.  Prepare the Brownie Tray.  Using the extra butter grease the base and sides of the brownie tray.  Fully line with grease proof paper, ensuring there is excess paper around the sides to aid the removal once set.

2.  Place the ingredients in the microwavable container.  Pour the condensed milk into the container.  Using a sharp knife or scissors, break up the chocolate and add to the container (do not stir).  Cube the butter into the container, again do not stir.  Place the lid onto the container.

3.  Microwave the ingredients.  Place the container in the microwave and cook on full power for 1 minute.  Remove from the microwave and stir.

4.  Continue heating in the microwave.  Return the container with its lid to the microwave and cook for a further minute.  Stir again.  Repeat twice more.  The fudge will now have had 4 minutes in the microwave.

5.  Reduce the cooking period.  As the chocolate and sugar is becoming hotter it's arguably wise to check the mixture more frequently to avoid burning.  Return the container with its lid attached to the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring well after each period. 

6.  Watch for the bubbles.  After 5 to 6 minutes of cooking you will notice that the mixture is starting to bubble around the edges of the container.  At this point cook the fudge in the microwave for two more 30 second periods, stirring well between each.

7.  Cool.  Remove the container from the microwave and stir well.  You will notice a thin layer of melted butter on the surface of the fudge.   As the mixture cools and it is stirred further this will easily be combined in the mixture.  Set aside for 5 - 10 minutes to cool slightly.

8.  Add the extract.  Once the fudge mixture has cooled slightly, add the orange extract.  Stir it in thoroughly.  The mixture should be thick and silky at this stage, and the melted butter should be incorporated following the thorough mixing.

9.  Allow to firm up.  Carefully pour the fudge into the prepared brownie tray  (remember, it will still be very hot).  Use the back of a metal spoon to coax it into the corners and level the top.   Set aside to cool.  Once cool enough, cover with cling film and place into the fridge place into the fridge for a couple of hours, or over night, to firm up.

10.  Slice.  Remove from the fridge and use a sharp knife to slice into pieces, I managed to slice 60 cubes.

Enjoy!

Notes:

a.  Remember the fudge is very hot once it has been in the microwave for a few minutes so avoid licking the spoon!
b.  Due to the different powers of microwaves, some will take longer than others to reach the 'bubble stage'  (step 6 above) .  Ours took 6 minutes.
c.  During the last two 30 second cooking periods be aware that the fudge will rise and may risk knocking off the lid.  Be vigilant, and if it looks as though the lid may become displaced stop the microwave immediately, remove the container, stir the mixture thoroughly and then return it with the lid for the remaining cooking time.







Confectionary from other Food Bloggers

Best Ever Honeycomb by Sarah at Tales from a Kitchen Shed
Baileys Truffles by Charlotte at Charlottes Lively Kitchen
Slow Cooker Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge by Lucy from Baking Queen 74




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26 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy, Angela. Love your warning about not licking the spoon - that's just the sort of thing I would do!! :-) Eb x

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    1. Hahaha, you're not the only one Eb - it was hot ;-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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    1. Hope you enjoy it Martin :-) Do tweet me an image if you get chance.
      Thanks for popping by,
      Angela x

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    2. Started off by slicing off my fingernail while chopping the chocolate, then thought I'd burnt it, then did EXACTLY what you told me not to and licked the spoon (I knew I would!)... but the fudge is excellent! I thought it was too soft at first, but fresh from the fridge it's fantastic! Just need to make another batch as this lot didn't last past the weekend, let alone Christmas Day!!

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    3. Hahaha, I had to pass on the warning about licking the spoon Martin as I did it and almost burnt my tongue - so I figured if I did it, then somebody else would :-)
      It's delicious isn't it, it does have a nice firmness straight from the fridge but I find the orange flavour is more noticeable when it's not quite as cold.
      Hope you shared the fudge out Martin ;-)
      Angela x

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  3. I was intrigued to see if you'd used actual chocolate orange or regular chocolate and orange extract. I attempted some baking with a chocolate orange the other day and it was a disaster, it seized very quickly and ended up in the bin - what a waste.

    This fudge sounds so yummy - we love chocolate orange in my house so this would go down very well.

    Thanks for mentioning my Baileys truffles too x

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    1. It's so frustrating when that happens isn't it. I must admit I've had my fair share of disappointments too - though I guess we learn so much from those occasions :-)
      It really was yummy - very rich so one or two pieces was sufficient at any one time. I had considered using chocolate Orange for this fudge, but I decided to use regular chocolate with separate extract so I could add as much of the flavour as I wanted. I was really pleased with how well the orange flavour came through.
      You're welcome Charlotte, they looked and sounded really lovely :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  4. Haven't tried fudge in the microwave. Have tried melting chocolate that way and found it tends to overcook and spoil. Wondering if I could be brave enough to try making microwave fudge #FestiveFoodFriday

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    1. I was dubious too Mumjd, but it really did work. I'd certainly recommend stirring the mixture frequently though as I've suggested in the method, and keep a look out for the bubbles around the edge. I'd imagine (though I may well be wrong) that because the chocolate is being melted into something (ie the condensed milk)it's structure is some how altered and is therefore less likely to seize and spoil.
      Do let me know how you get on if you give it a go.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  5. This looks incredible!!! I can almost feel it in my mouth. I must go and get some lunch ;)

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    1. Hahaha :-) It's dangerous reading everybody's delicious sweet recipes when you're hungry isn't it? :-)
      Thanks for popping by Vicki,
      Angela x

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  6. this looks fab. Would make a great gift. I like how you've styled your photos too #tastytuesday

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    1. It really does Rebecca, who wouldn't be happy to receive some homemade fudge! Thank you for your kind comments :-)
      Angela x

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  7. I love microwave fudge! In fact I made some chocolate reindeer malteser fudge last week! Thanks for entering this week's festive food friday!

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    1. Ooh, chocolate reindeer malteser fudge! Sounds good! I'm totally sold on microwave fudge, I can't get over how easy it is!
      Thanks for popping by Kerry, and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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  8. Two of my favourite flavours, this looks delicious and husband adores fudge too. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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    1. Can't beat chocolate orange can you - it's so classic,
      Thanks for popping by Vicki, and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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  9. I love anything that combines chocolate and orange! I once tried to make fudge and it was a complete disaster and I have never tried again. But, I think I will have to try this one! It will be pinned to my to try board xx

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    1. It's so frustrating when it doesn't work isn't it...I'm determined to master the traditional method though! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did if you get chance to try it.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  10. This is my sort of recipe! easy and simple. I've never attempted fudge because it's something that seems like a lot of messing around, but this way is tempting! Love the chocolate orange combo :) #holidayrecipelinky
    Debbie

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    1. This is so incredibly easy to make, and it rewards you with delicious confectionary which can be parcelled up as little gifts ... that's if you can bare to be parted from it! ;-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  11. Ooo I bet your homemade fudge is amazing! You have some great tips here, thank you for those! x

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    1. :-) Like not liking the spoon ;-) it's something I'm likely to do and given how hot the fudge is, it's worth mentioning how unwise it would be :-) It was really delicious - very rich obviously given all of the chocolate and condensed milk - but they really went down a treat.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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