Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Fudge

Packed with Christmas flavours of cranberries, cinnamon, mixed spice & orange, this delicious Christmas fudge is finished with holly sprinkles to make a pretty and edible homemade gift for loved ones.

A fudge perfect for Christmas having been flavoured with cinnamon, mixed spice, cranberries, orange extract and topped with holly sprinkles.

Recently, it seems as though I've been on a bit of a fudge fest in the Only Crumbs Remain kitchen.  Our Raspberry and White Chocolate Fudge was loved by friends and family so much that they asked us to make more.  More!  Unlike poor Oliver, who was shouted down by Mr Bumble with a bellowing "More!!!", we obliged and donned our apron to stir another batch of hot molten sugar.

Homemade Raspberry and White Chocolate Fudge
 
Now, if you're anything like me, your mind will wander whilst constantly stirring the contents of a pan!  Perhaps the act of stirring, stirring and stirring some more is partially hypnotic, who knows, but a recent batch of homemade fudge had me dreaming up different flavour combinations which could be introduced into this sweet confectionery.   Amongst those flavours was this Christmas fudge, though you'll have to show a little patience for the other ideas!  So as not to miss out on the amazing flavour combinations to come, why not subscribe to Only Crumbs Remain by entering your e-mail address in the box on the right hand side!😊

Our most recent homemade fudge recipe sings out 'Christmas' loud and clear.   This seasonal festive fudge is not only spiced with warming cinnamon and mixed spice, studded with cranberries and other mixed fruits, and contains a hint of orange extract, but the fudge pieces are topped with pretty holly sprinkles!



Holly sprinkles finish off this fudge making it more christmassy than ever

Now even though those holly sprinkles bring nothing in terms of flavour, having been made merly of sugar and colours, they really finish off this delicious fudge a treat.  Those small red berry sprinkles, nestled amongst a couple of 'prickly' holly shaped leaves say 'Christmas' in much the same way as an image of Santa with Rudolph does.

The fudge is topped with a thin layer of white chocolate ganache, which brings a slight colour contrast to the top of the fudge and extra flavour (not that this fudge needs it!) but also allows the sprinkles to sit securely to the fudge.  The use of the chocolate ganache does mean that this treat must be stored in an air tight container in the fridge where it will remain good with the fudge for up to 3 weeks, assuming it lasts that long!   

A fudge perfect for Christmas having been flavoured with cinnamon, mixed spice, cranberries, orange extract and topped with holly sprinkles.

These homemade fudge pieces would be wonderful packaged up as a thank you to your children's teachers, or to friends and family.  That gift of homemade confectionery could be made even more special if boxed with a selection of flavours, such as our Raspberry and White Chocolate Fudge, traditional Vanilla Fudge or even a Chocolate Orange fudge made in the microwave! (If interested, click on the relevant image to be taken to the recipe).

This pretty and delicious homemade fudge is perfect packaged up as a gift for loved ones or offered to guests as party nibbles. Made in the traditional way with store cupboard ingredients, this vanilla fudge makes a thoughtful homemade gift. Made in a microwave and taking only a few short minutes, this delicious fudge is far easier to achieve success with than that made the traditional way!


There's no denying that homemade fudge does require a little effort, though it's nothing too taxing.  Around half an hour of constant stirring produces a batch of fudge which can be easily sliced into about 50 generous pieces (when using the brownie tin, I usually cut it into 7x7 pieces), providing enough for at least 4 generous portions with a few sweet treats for yourself too!  In fact, by making your own homemade fudge gifts you'll save a small fortune.  During a recent visit to a local supermarket I spotted a box of just 8 fudge pieces for £5, yet for a similar amount you could purchase the cream, butter, sugar and flavourings to lovingly make your own batch of fudge which can be divided into bundles and shared with loved ones!    


So, let's get to it and make some Christmas Fudge! 

     




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Christmas Fudge
Packed with Christmas flavours of cranberries, cinnamon, mixed spice and orange, this delicious sweet treat is finished with holly sprinkles to make a pretty and edible homemade gift for loved ones.
Details
Prep time: Cook time:     Yield: approx 50 pieces

Specific Equipment
    Large heavy based pan which holds a volume of at least 3L
    Digital Sugar Thermometer
    20cm x 20cm Brownie Tin, or similar.

Ingredients
For the Fudge
  • 400ml Double Cream
  • 135ml Milk
  • 135g Unsalted Butter
  • 250g Light Brown Soft Sugar
  • 350g White Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1.5 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
  • 40g Mixed Fruit (ensure the fruits aren't clumped together)
  • 40g Dried Cranberries (ensure the fruits aren't clumped together)
  • 1/2 - 1 capful Orange Extract
For the White Chocolate Ganache (optional)
  • 70ml Double cream
  • 70g White Chocolate
To decorate
  • Holly Sprinkles


Method
1. Prepare the tin. Lightly grease and fully line the brownie tin. Ensure that the greaseproof paper goes beyond the rim of the pan, this will help to remove the fudge once it has firmed up.2. Melt the ingredients. Place the double cream, milk, butter and sugars into a heavy based pan. Place over a low heat to allow the ingredients to melt. Constantly stir using a wooden spoon. Ensure all of the ingredients have completely melted before moving onto the next stage - you should no longer hear or feel the granulation of the sugar. Pay particular attention to the 'corner' of the pan when listening for sugar granulations.3. Affix the sugar thermometer. Set the digital thermometer to 116℃ /241℉ (soft ball stage) and attach it to the side of the pan. Ensure that the thermometer is secure and not touching the base of the pan.4. Boil. Increase the heat under the pan to allow it to come to the boil whilst stirring all of the time. Boil the mixture, whilst continuing to stir, until it reaches 116℃ / 241℉ (soft ball stage). Please be careful - the mixture is very hot! You may find it helpful to wear an oven mitt in case of random splashes. 5. Leave alone. Once the required temperature has been reached, remove the pan from the heat and leave it undisturbed to cool down to 110℃ / 230℉. This will only take a couple of minutes.6. Beat. Beat the mixture with the wooden spoon vigorously until it starts to be no longer shiny.7. Flavour the fudge. Add a pinch of salt, the ground cinnamon and mixed spice and beat well to combine. Add the mixed dried fruits and cranberries and mix again. 8. Pour into the prepared pan. Pour the hot flavoured fudge into the prepared brownie pan. Smooth the mixture into the corners. Set aside on a cooling rack.9. Make the white chocolate ganache. Pour the cream into a small pan. Set it over a low heat. Allow it to warm up, though not to boiling point. Remove from the heat and add the chopped white chocolate. Stir thoroughly until the chocolate has completely melted into the cream. The ganache will be shiny and smooth at this point. Set it aside for 5 or 10 minutes to cool.10. Top with ganache. Pour the ganache over the top of the fudge. Use the back of a teaspoon to ensure the fudge is completely coated in the ganache. Set aside for 30 minutes to firm up a little.11. Decorate with sprinkles. Use the holly sprinkles to decorate the top of the fudge. You may want to randomly top the fudge with the shapes, or perhaps aim to have one 'holly' sprig per portion. 12. Allow to firm up. Once the ganache and fudge has cooled to room temperature place the tin into the fridge for 1-2 hours to allow the ganache and fudge to completely firm up.13. Slice in cubes. Once fully cold and firm use the excess greaseproof paper as handles to remove the fudge from the tin. Use a sharp knife to slice the fudge into bite sized pieces.14. Enjoy!
Notes
a) Remember, this is incredibly hot!  Do stir the syrup carefully so as to avoid splashing yourself.  b)  Keep children, animals and other vulnerable people out of the way when making fudge.  c)  When heating the mixture and waiting for it to reach 116℃ / 241℉ it will feel as though the temperature is stuck around 104℃ / 220℉ for a long while, but have patience as eventually it will move and soon reach the desired temperature.  d)  Store the fudge in an airtight container in a fridge for up to 3 weeks. 











 

 

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A fudge perfect for Christmas having been flavoured with cinnamon, mixed spice, cranberries, orange extract and topped with holly sprinkles.




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14 comments:

  1. Oooh, what a lovely Christmassy sounding fudge!! It's amazing how creative you get at Christmas time, isn't it? Last year I went into sprout overdrive, and this year it is cranberries...I have made cranberry everything, so it seems...but I just can't get enough of them, they are so nice...one thing I haven't made (yet!) though is cranberry fudge...sounds like a good idea, though!! Eb x

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    1. Hahaha, yeah I remember the sprout posts Eb :-) and I've also noticed your love of cranberries this year :-) I think your cranberry overdrive may have got into my head a little and prompted the inclusion of cranberries in this fudge and a savoury plait I have lined up! Cranberries really are delicious, i just love how they can be used in sweet and savoury recipes. The cranberries really were lovely in this fudge with the spices, definitely one to try :-)
      Thanks for your lovely comments Eb,
      Angela x

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  2. Another gorgeous fudge recipe Angela - love the sound of this!

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  3. ooooh i love how festive and pretty your fudge looks and sounds Angela. i would happily receive some for christmas :) x

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    1. Haha, I'll send you some over Jenny ;-)
      Thanks for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  4. I love fudge but it's a bit too high sugar for me these days. Still I will be making some for gifts and I love your idea of decorations on top. They look so pretty!

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    1. I have to agree, it's hardly diet food or good for us Vicki, but as you say it does make for a lovely edible gift especially as there are so many different ways it can be flavoured. Thank you, I was really pleased with how effective the holly pieces were.
      Angela x

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  5. It looks amazing Angela.So Xmasy too.I love all the flavour combos.Beautiful x

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    1. Aw thank you Jenny, those holly pieces really do smack of Christmas don't they :-)
      Angela x

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  6. I've tried making fudge once and it was a disaster. But this recipe makes me want to try again! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. Don't let that first attempt put you off Kirsty, just make sure you have a decent sugar thermometer and you should end up with some great fudge :-) No thankyou for hosting such a great linky,
      Angela x

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  7. Omg the best fudge ever. Bought two bags and they went down a treat. Thank you

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    1. Aw thankyou Dawn, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it :-)
      Angela x

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