so I’ve been off for a bit and thought i’d make something quick and simple. For some reason chocolate was on my mind. god knows why and no not that time yet, but I was CRAVING it! And since Ajay was coming back from his first official week at uni (manchester). I thought it’d be nice for him to come home to some of my sweet treats. Brownies were my first intention, so i looked for my trusty brownie recipe from Nigella. But flicking through the pages I saw cookies. I’ve made them before and loved it. not sure if everyone else did. BUT then like fate, the page landed on FUDGE. I’ve had this on my list to make but I’ve always been abit umming and arring whether to or not.
Now this isn’t the typical creamy fudge we’re used, where it’ll melt like butter on your tongue. this is slightly more truffle like, but still just as yummy. The typical recipe is a chocolate and pistachio but my twist is chocolate, almond and sea salt fudge. sounds grown up right? I guess being 18 has matured my taste buds. I have these craving where I like to mix sweet and savory in every dish, which just puts it up there.
I only used Almonds because i didn’t have enough pistachios. Sorry I know I am so lazy in that sort of sense. But it gives a big crunch into the fudge that breaks the texture and i reckon is better than pistachios.
So I made the fudgey little monsters on Tuesday and let it set all night and Wednesday I cut them up. when everyone came home on Wednesday they were going like gold dust. And this is unusual for my cooking.
Now look at the lovely easy recipe and my beautiful pictures i did with my lovely new camera!
- can of condensed milk
- 350g of dark choclate (the proper stuff, 70%+)
- 30g Butter
- 1 heaped cup (200-250g) lightly crushed Almonds
- 1 1/2 tsp of Maldons flaked salt
so just start by melting the butter, milk, chocolate in a pot over the hob until all melted like a ganache.
In a dry frying pan, add the blanched Almonds into the pan and gently wobbling the pan to prevent the burning. as you can see on my right they look abit like pine nuts. trut me it might be a little extra coloured BUT if gives this odd popcorn taste. RANDOM but nice. Anyway, Crush those beautiful TOASTED blanched almond the only way I can, old fashioned way with my trusty rolling pin and a tea towel. DO NOT over crush them because you want to bite into a few whole ones to give the extra crunch.
Add the salt once the ganache like fudge has cooled. you’d be surprised this gives the chocolate a coffee taste, which helps to enhance the chocolatey goodness.
ADD the NUTS after the salt. Fold it mix, however you want. Just don’t over mix it, because you don’t want the salt to dissolve. remember you want whole bits of salts to melt on your tongue. the texture will be like brownie batter and trust me that’s good!
MAKE SURE YOU APPLY GREASE PROOF PAPER on the bottom so you wont struggle to get it out! And then just pour it in and bung it in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
after a few hours or until it feels rock solid, pick it out and cut into squares. Now my good friend Nigella, says it cuts into 36 pieces BUT i found its more. the smaller and bitesize piece you can cut the more you can eat! don’t you just love the way the nuts come through like in nougat. and you cant even see the speck of salt so its soo unexpected like a little surprise your hoping to get in each bite.
please keep in the fridge as it tend to ‘melt’ and when i say melt i mean warm slightly. I guess that’s why i liked these, because they have this truffle like texture. HONESTLY these can be put in anything. melt a few chunks and pour over ice cream, add it to muffins, melt it to a ganache; ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. Hey if you want to use upstairs in the bedroom that’s entirely up to you, no ones judging you [WINK WINK].
Since Ajay came down for a few days from uni (Manchester). I thought i’d make breakfast, pancakes for him at 11.30 as you do. But Ajay had a bizarre idea to add them in the pancakes like chocolate chips. after you pour the pancake batter in, add sliced fudge on the batter and spoon little dribbles of batter on top. This helps to stop the BURNING from the chocolate. Don’t go there I’ve done that, made choc chip pancakes and burnt all the chips.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GOOD LUCK and tell me how it goes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~