Thursday, January 29, 2015

Oh Fudge!


My diet has had a battering this week... I have been making and baking for Jack's Beaver's "Australia Day (indoor) Beach Party", and also for his class' Cake Sale. They both happened this week.

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)


  1. Heat the condensed milk sugar and butter until melted and smooth. 
  2. Add 200g of chocolate and stir through till melted. 
  3. Stir in the peanut butter.
  4. Heat and stir constantly until it is thick - check for "soft ball" stage. 
  5. 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?)
  6. 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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