I have an announcement. This is not a bake. Surprise! Bet you weren’t expecting that, eh? Yeah. I like to to live life on the edge. Not baking for the tenth BAKE of Christmas. I’m completely out of control.
Ok well maybe not. I needed a festive recipe to satisfy 3 criteria. Firstly – something easy to make with my kitchen assistant. Secondly – something that would work well as part of my brother’s birthday gift. And finally – something quick. I had a ticket for the festive shopping train, which was departing shortly. Factoring all this in, I toyed between truffles and fudge for a solid 3 minutes and decided on fudge. I had never made fudge, but had made truffles many-a-time. Most normal human beings would select the recipe they had successfully followed before, but no. Not me. I like to make things difficult for myself. So fudge it was!
Fudge is a great gift option. All you need is a pretty jar and some ribbon and hey presto – present done. So here you go. Sophie Dahl’s peanut butter fudge recipe. It went down very well with the brothership. Merry non-baking y’all!
125g unsalted butter
500g dark brown sugar
120ml full-fat milk
250g crunchy peanut butter
1tspn vanilla essence
300g icing sugar, sifted
20cm x 20cm baking tray, greased and lined with baking paper
1/ Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
2/ Stir in the brown sugar and milk, and bring to the boil for 2-3 minutes, without stirring.
3/ Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla essence.
4/ Place the icing sugar in a large bowl, make a well, and pour the hot butter and sugar mixture on top. Gently whisk the mixture until smooth.
5/ Pour into the baking tray, and set aside to cool slightly, then place in the fridge to chill completely.
6/ Cut the fudge into squares with a sharp knife, turn out of the tin and store in an airtight container.
I made the mistake of not refrigerating over-night, instead keeping it on a shelf in my non-air conditioned room. Needless to say, the jar looked half empty and the fudge a little mushed by morning. So if you live in a warm climate – KEEP IT IN THE FRIDGE! Luckily the big bro loved it anyway. It’s the thought that counts, eh!