First off I whipped up a couple of batches of our FAV no-fail gingerbread recipe - I've posted about it a few times and here's that link again: Cookuk.co.uk GIngerbread Men Recipe. Beavers got Koala Bears, Surf Boards, and Aboriginal Hands. I chickened out of trying to decorate them so they went as plain gingerbread. Oh, and O added a few "shrimp" foam sweeties - I didn't make them though! School got regular gingerbread men (with smarties buttons) and round biscuits.
Fudge is something I have wanted to try for ages. Especially after I spent ages looking at chocolate bark recipes for Christmas... I kept stumbling across fudge recipes and they looked SO good!
So I tried this one for the Beaver's party: Tim Tam Fudge (apparently Tim Tam's are an Australian biscuit, a bit like a Penguin biscuit - which is what I subbed for). I don't have a Thermofun, or a confectionery thermometer, so I had to trial and error it when it wouldn't set firm. I found that remelting it and adding an extra 100g of chocolate solved the problem!
Then I just had fun with it, using the basic ingredients from that recipe, and made Chocolate Fudge (extra choc, a drop of vanilla flavour), Malteaser Fudge (chucked some in the mix and then topped the pieces off with a ball) that went to school, and Peanut Butter Fudge on the request of my Hubby!
This is it:
- 1 tin condensed milk
- 200g caster sugar
- 125g butter
- 200-300g milk chocolate
- 3 rounded tbs of crunchy peanut butter (made with peanut oil not palm oil, like Sun-Pat instead of supermarket homebrand)
- Heat the condensed milk sugar and butter until melted and smooth.
- Add 200g of chocolate and stir through till melted.
- Stir in the peanut butter.
- Heat and stir constantly until it is thick - check for "soft ball" stage.
- If it's refusing to get to "soft ball" add more chocolate, a few bits at a time, until it starts to set on a spoon! (professional, aren't I?)
- Pour into a lined tin, allow to set.
Hubby LOVES it, the kids keep pestering for it, and even I (not a peanut butter fan) find it scarily moreish!
I am going to have to do a LOT of walking to make up for all this gingerbread and fudge!!!
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