Monday, August 20, 2012

Chocolate Nut Fudge with Vanilla Ice Cream

This afternoon I made chocolate fudge, it's a really simple and fairly easy sweet to make. Line a square pan with parchment paper and spray or wipe with a little vegetable oil. In a pot on medium+ heat put:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup coco powder
1 cup milk

Don't worry about the lumps of coco as they'll melt out as it boils.  Stir it so it doesn't stick to the bottom  until it reaches boiling then let it go on it's own.  Use a candy thermometer and cook to 113º-115ºC or 235º-240ºF.  When the fudge reaches the correct temperature add 3 tbsp of butter and 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/4 cup chopped deluxe nuts and take off the heat.  Stir the fudge constantly to prevent sugar crystals from forming until it cools enough to  lose it's sheen. Pour into pan and let cool for as many hours as you can resist digging into it. Mine still comes out a bit crumbly but I poured it sooner this time and that seems to have helped.

If you don't have an ice cream maker you should consider getting one because it's so simple to make great Vanilla Ice Cream.

2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean seeded

If I don't use a vanilla bean I use 1.5 tsp extract.  Combine all ingredients, blend, fill and start ice cream maker.  It takes about 40 minutes in my machine and when it was ready I got it in the freezer right away. A couple of pieces of fudge on fresh Vanilla ice cream is one of the nicest ways to end a summer evening.

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