Saturday, December 19, 2009

Parcelled Up Sweets & Recipes

Here are my sweets packaged up and ready to go in the giftbags just got to finish the cookies and I am "good to go".

Chocolate Fudge - EASY
  • 5 oz butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 5 oz plain chocolate broken into squares
  • 28oz (large box) icing sugar, sifted

Place the butter in a large bowl and beat in the vanilla extract and condensed milk.

Place the chocolate squares in a bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Leave it to melt, remove from the heat and stir with a wooden spoon.

Allow the chocolate to cool and then beat it in, gradually, to the butter mixture. Beat in the icing sugar, a little at a time. When it has all been incorporated you should end up with a soft, dough-like mixture. (I did it in the food processor as its easier than elbow grease)

Line a 20 x 30 cm shallow baking tin with baking parchment paper. Press the mixture into the tin, ensuring that the surface is even. Using the tip of a sharp knife, mark the fudge into about 80 pieces and then place it in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.

When the fudge has set, use the edges of the paper to lift it from the tin on to a large chopping board and cut it into the marked pieces. Wrap the fudge to give as gifts.
Makes loads to give and sample :-)

** found this one on the Good Food Channel tried another but it was a failure :-( it is a smooth texture not crumbly like some fudge but it tastes great, nice and creamy. Keep it in a cool place though as it has fresh cream in and eat asap!! as if you could resist :-)


12 oz of a mixture of the following, leave out what you don't like and add more of what you do :-)
some cherries quartered try to use multicolour ones,(red dark red, yellow and green),

chopped nuts - almonds, macadamia, walnuts, pecans
mixed peel finely chopped plus

1 oz chopped angelica if you like

4 oz butter
4 oz caster sugar
2tbsp double cream

4oz plain chocolate (milk if you prefer it) and a little white to drizzle over again of you want to as it looks good

Line several sheets with parchement or greaseproof paper, they spread out a bit, so leave room Oven on Gas 4 or 180 C/350F Melt the butter and add sugar then boil for 1 minute remove from the heat and add everythingelse ( apart from the chocolate) and stir it up
Place small rounds on the sheets squash down to flatten a bit and bake for about 8-10 mins. Neaten them up by pushing in the edges with a knife while they are still warm if they are miss-shaped so that they are round.
Melt the chocolate and dip them in on one side and leave to harden then drizzle with the white chocolate if your doing that bit.

White chocolate takes a bit longer to set so wait before packaging them up.

**taken from an old Mrs Beetons cookbook my nan gave me

Yummy... diet recipes will be needed after New Year!! xx

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