A couple of weeks ago, I made a Nigella Lawson recipe for “Vanilla Fudge” that I found on her website. I had printed it out months ago, and finally got around to making it – and WOW – SO rich, delicious and super addictive! If you are watching your weight – look away, because this recipe will make your blood race.
It makes a LOT – but share with your family and friends. Or – just make it last. This fudge will last about a week at room temperature. I shared most of mine… SOME of mine… OK – I shared a little… 😉
Her recipe makes about “77 pieces” – which is about right, depending on how big you cut the pieces. I cut mine into smaller than normal pieces due to their richness and “full of sugar” flavor – which I enjoyed quite a bit…
ALSO – this recipe makes the PERFECT gift to give to your Valentine’s Day friends… xo
Nigella’s Vanilla Fudge
2 sticks soft butter
1 x 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup or light corn syrup
4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Fill a small bowl or jug with ice cold water and put near the stove. Grease a tin of approx. 30 x 20cm / 12 x 8 inch or 25cm / 10 inch square, or use a throwaway foil tin.
Put all the ingredients, apart from the vanilla, into a large, heavy bottomed pan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for 12-20 minutes, still stirring all the time, until the mixture is golden and, when a bit is dropped into the water, it turns solid but still squidgy, i.e., till soft-ball stage. How long this takes depends on how ferociously it bubbles as well as on the properties and dimensions of the pan. This is hot work!
When the fudge is at soft-ball stage, very carefully remove the pan from the stove and stir in the vanilla.
Preferably using an electric whisk beat for about five minutes, by which time the fudge will have thickened to the texture of stiff peanut butter – this is quite steamy and strenuous – and pour and push into the prepared tin. Smooth the top as well as you can.
Put in the fridge to cool, but don’t keep it there for more than 2 hours, or it will set too hard, then remove and using a sharp knife, cut into squares.