I had tried the vanilla fudge back in September and it was a bit of a failure. I know where I went wrong, I hadn’t beaten it enough and ended up with a really sticky caramel. It did taste good just the completly wrong texture. So fudge take two…
2lb granulated sugar
Half pint evaporated milk
Grated rind of half an orange
4 tbsps orange juice
Put the sugar, milk and butter into a saucepan and heat slowly until the sugar has dissolved. Add the orange rind and juice, bring to the boil and boil steadily to 240 degrees, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat, place the pan on a cold surface and beat until thick, creamy and beginning to grain. Pour into a tin 12×4 inches and leave until nearly cold, then mark into squares; when firm cut with a shape knife.
I have a sugar thermometer so easy enough to know when it’s reached the correct temperature. If you don’t you are looking for the soft ball stage. I think it took about 15-20 minutes of boiling for it to reach the correct temperature.
So I did not beat for long enough last time as I didn’t get any grains appearing when beating. So this time I made sure I gave it a good beat and eventually it went nice and thick and grains did appear.
Have to say one of the perks of making fudge has to be licking the pan! At that point it tasted good.
I left it for about 15 minutes before marking it and then another 2 hours before I actually cut it into squares.
So this has turned out a bit more like tablet than fudge!! I was expecting soft, creamy fudge, but I have hard tablet like stuff. So I think this time I may have over beaten?!
It is really tasty though, ridiculously sweet. The orange flavour isn’t as strong as I’d expected, it is a really nice flavour but I would be tempted to add more orange next time. Have made this as a present for my gran so hope she likes it, her tablet is legendary so this has a lot to live up to.