I am very excited today to introduce our new resident home cook, Kellie!
Kellie is going to be bringing you a range of recipes and meal ideas for the home cook, because, well health and happiness depend a lot on food and cooking. Today we are showing you how to make home cooked Salted Caramel Fudge perfect for Christmas gifts or parties with our resident home cook, Kellie. An easy cheap recipe full of YUM!
When it comes to food we are big advocates of an “everything in moderation” approach, being sensible and enjoying food. We do not advocate any particular restrictive or fad diet unless you have health requirements, like I do. We want to share recipes you can decide to pick, or not.
And we are kicking off with a fabulous one for this time of year with Kellie’s Salted Caramel Fudge, perfect for Christmas presents
2 cups soft brown sugar firmly packed
1 tin full cream evaporated milk
150gm salted butter
1tsp high quality sea salt flakes
1 tbs vanilla
1/4 chopped almonds or any other nut you would like, or even dried fruit like cranberries would be lovely with the nuts (optional)
- Line a square cake pan with glad bake leaving some overhang for easy removal.
- Place sugar, evaporated milk and butter in a heavy based saucepan.
- Slowly bring to the boil over medium heat stirring occasionally until you reach a rolling boil.
- Reduce heat slightly and boil stirring constantly for about twenty minutes or until 115°c is reached on a candy or meat thermometer. I find a rubber spatula is the best tool for the job as it gets into the curve of the pot. If you don’t have a thermometer you can test a drop of the mixture in a glass of cold water, it should hold a ball and you should be able to roll it between your fingers.
- The mixture will be dark brown, very thick and glossy. Once this is achieved take it off the heat and transfer to a standing mixer bowl and allow to cool for ten minutes.
- If you don’t have a standing mixer just leave in the pot and use hand beaters.
- Add the vanilla and half the sea salt and beat on high for 5 minutes, the mixture will lose some of its gloss and take on a slightly gritty texture.
- Pour into the tin and sprinkle evenly with remaining salt and almonds or any other chopped nuts you like, lightly pressing the nuts in to the surface.
- Allow to chill in the fridge for an hour and then cut into small squares and package for gifts, or stash and scoff with a cuppa when everyone’s gone to bed!
**Please note, this is not a recipe to be made when you are time poor or distracted. You need to stir constantly for the whole 20 minutes and the high sugar content of the recipe means it will burn within seconds of inattention. And remember, boiling sugar is like lava and can cause serious burns, send the kids and fur babies outside or wait till everyone’s out/sleeping/watching Frozen for the 17,000th time. 🙂
Other than that it is simple, has very few ingredients and is quite budget friendly. My guesstimate per batch is under $5.
Happy festive baking!!