Sunday, June 19, 2011

Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge-A Father's Day Special

On the occasion of Father's Day, I'd like to share this recipe for a chocolate fudge that would make anyone feel special, not just your dad, but for any of your loved ones (if they have a sweet tooth!). Again, this is one of those keepers that I've blogged about before. It's totally effortless and has very basic ingredients. This recipe could also be a potential lifesaver for many unexpected situations...How is that, you may ask? Well, let's consider a few scenarios that could happen to anyone!
Example one-Its the middle of the night and you're wide awake, unable to sleep, and have a sudden craving for chocolate! You raid your pantry, your kitchen shelves, your fridge, but not a bite in sight! What do you do? Make this fudge, of course! Example two-your friends, or your child(ren)'s friends drop in unexpectedly, you know they love chocolate, but yet again, there's not even one left at home and no time to run out and buy one either...Make this fudge!  Yet another example? You want to impress your loved one with a dessert but have no cooking skills to speak of... This fudge is the answer! Got the picture? So now let's start making it!

All you need for this are 5 basic ingredients almost everyone will have lying around in their kitchen...and if you don't, well then stock up your pantry! 
  1. 3/4 cup sugar (granulated or castor)
  2. 2 tablespoons butter (need not be room temperature)
  3. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  4. 5 tablespoons milk powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  6. 2 tablespoons water
  • In a medium-size pan, combine the sugar and water and stir on low heat until the sugar dissolves and it becomes a one-thread consistency (see notes below).
  • Remove from fire and add the butter, vanilla essence, cocoa powder and milk powder. Mix and stir until everything is smoothly combined.
  • Transfer to a buttered plate/tin.
  • Leave to cool half an hour or refrigerate for half an hour.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!
Notes: To know when you've reached the "one thread consistency", lightly touch the tips of your index finger on the spoon you're stirring with and press the finger to your thumb. If a thin thread of sugar forms in between your fingers when you pull them apart, you've reached the correct point. Keep checking every minute or so to make sure you haven't exceeded this point.

PS: This is a chocolate fudge recipe that I found in a book given to me by mom, a book called "The Ladies Club of Cannanore Exotic Recipes". This book's pages are now yellowing and tattered, there's no publication date on it, and it seems to be recipes contributed by the club's members-and I reckon it must have been published prior to 1982. This recipe was contributed by a Vanaja Lakshmanan. Hats off to her for such an easy way to make a fudge!

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