So, I got me a hankering for some fudge and after a quick google search came up with what looked like an easy and quick recipe and more importantly one I had all the ingredients for.
2 cups caster sugar
1 tin condensed milk
splash vanilla essence
Before you get started, line a baking tin or tray with grease proof paper, this will help you to remove the fudge later without it sticking to your pan.
Most importantly make sure that the microwavable dish you use is big, if you think your dish is big enough get a bigger one. Trust me, its a bitch trying to clean sticky fudge batter that has boiled over off your microwave.
Place butter and sugar into the bowl and give a small mix.
Pour the condensed milk on top of the sugar and butter, dont mix.
Add your splash of vanilla essence.
Place the bowl in the centre of the microwave and set it for 10 minutes.
Watching to make sure the mixture doesnt boil over, stop the microwave (without resetting your count down) after 1 minute has passed and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.
I used a wooden spoon to stir and then used a plastic spatula to scrape the mixture of the wooden spoon and back into the bowl.
Place the bowl back in the microwave and let it cook for another minute.
Stop the microwave and stir.
Place the bowl back in the microwave and repeat above until the 10 minutes are up.
I had to stop the countdown every 20 – 30 seconds after the 2nd minute because the mixture kept boiling up too high.
Just keep an eye on your mixture and make sure it doesnt boil over.
After the 10 minute count down is over spoon your mixture into your lined tin and refrigerate until set.
Cut the cooled and set fudge into squares and enjoy!
*** I spread the fudge mixture too thin in the pan, next time I will use a smaller pan and make thicker fudge. Also, use a bit of spray and cook on the bottom of the pan before putting in the wax paper, might make it a bit easier to remove from the pan.
Of course I didnt really stick to it 100% but I think they came out pretty well.
Here is my recipe (I once again forgot to take pics of the process…)
1 cup ( I used half a jar) smooth peanut butter (they use crunchy but smooth works well)
¼ cup marge
1 cup icing sugar
2 cups rice krispies
1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate morsels (I used 1 85gms bar of bitter sweet chocolate, I should have used 2)
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening/Holsum (thanks @Saaleha) ( I didnt have any so I used margerine)
54 mini paper cups (I used 2 baking trays covered with wax paper)
Beat peanut butter, marge and sugar with an electric beater until well mixed. I used a fork and elbow grease as I didnt want to wake the kids up, next time I will use an electric beater!
Add rice krispies, mixing well. At this point I want to say that I would have crushed the rice krispies a bit before adding them in but I think if you use the electric beaters it might just crush them for you as you mix, I will definitely try this next time.
Taking a teaspoon scoop up a small dollop of the mixture and shape into a ball, they then say to place the ball into the paper cup, I just plopped them onto the wax paper baking trays.
Melt chocolate and shortening in microwave or on double boiler.
Spoon one teaspoon of chocolate mixture over each ball. My mixture was a bit thick, perhaps with shortening it would have been thinner, and it didnt pour very easily. Also, if you dont use the paper cups I would suggest dipping the balls into the chocolate to coat them (which I didnt do).
Refrigerate until firm.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
All in all they came out quite well. I cant stop stuffing my face!
I would definitely prefer the krispies to be a little finer and less ‘lumpy’ in the mixture and I will either use the paper cups or dip the whole ball into chocolate next time. I will also be getting some Holsum as I think the texture will be better for the chocolate.