Microwave Christmas Fudge
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I don’t know about you but with the end of the school year imminent and Christmas practically on our doorsteps, all I can hear is the KA-CHING! of cash registers. And despite being reasonably up to date with Christmas shopping, it’s those little extra gifts I haven’t budgeted for that catch me out. Like, DD mentioning last week that she was shortly going on exam leave in that “tomorrow” was her last day. Cue huge groan from me when she mentions she wants to give Christmas gifts to her favorite teachers… and a horrified Yikes! when I cost up the price of decent-looking boxes of chocolates, and realize that DS will be wanting to do the same thing for his teachers in a few week, too.
My solution? The kids get to make something for their favorite teachers. And I have the perfect recipe in my recipe book *VBG*
MICROWAVE CHRISTMAS FUDGE
1lb (approx 450g/16oz) good quality chocolate (we used a combination of milk- and dark-chocolate buttons)
1 smallish tin (approx 400g/14oz) sweetened condensed milk (the tin I bought was 395g)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional — but I never bother with them)
- Microwave chocolate and condensed milk for 2-3 minutes on High, stirring after 1 minute.
- Stir until smooth.
- Stir in vanilla (and nuts if using).
- Lightly grease a Swiss roll tin or Pyrex dish. (Mine is 16 cm x 26 cm/ 6 x 10 inches.)
- Pour in fudge and smooth surface. Refrigerate.
- Cut into pieces: I do this when the mixture is partially set as otherwise it’s rather hard work.
- When fudge is fully set, pry out of dish, divide up and wrap pieces in cellophane tied with a ribbon, or place in small gift boxes. (Or say, to heck with it and eat it yourself!)