Delicious and easy homemade Nutella fudge. No boiling or beating required. The perfect homemade Christmas gift.
Maybe November still is to early to think about Christmas, but I’m afraid the excitement has taken hold of me already.
It all started with those red starbucks cups.
A few days ago I saw a girl walking down the street in Beijing, red cup in hand. A true victim of marketing and hype, I nagged Andy until he conceded that an over priced sugary coffee really was a travel budget necessity. I was briefly devastated to find that my favourite gingerbread latte doesn’t exist in China (what?! why??!), but sat down very happily to a cream topped toffee nut latte instead, merrily humming along to Mariah Carey between sips.
We arrived in Ulaanbaatar today, the capital of Mongolia. I was rather over excited to discover an enormous christmas tree, decked out in stars and red bows, right in the centre of the city. The weather here feels distinctly christmassy too. Its utterly freezing (right now its minus 10 degrees!!), so I’m permanently bundled up in layer upon layer of clothes, hats, scarves, gloves and several pairs of socks. Its lovely, crisp, blue sky weather though. The kind we always hope for back in England, but only rarely get. It feels like we should be huddling around roaring fires, sipping on mulled wine and nibbling on freshly baked mince pies.
On top of all this, for the first time on our trip we’re actually heading west, and we’ve started officially telling everyone that we’re on our way home for Christmas! Plans are being formed with friends and family back home, and thoughts of Christmas day menus have started swimming around in my head.
Christmas, for me, is well and truly on its way.
This, therefore, is my first Christmas recipe of the season. If you’re not quite in the festive spirit yet its a perfectly acceptable year round treat too. I’ve eaten it way back in August, and it was wonderful then without even the slightest hint of Christmas tunes, mulled wine or chestnuts roasting on open fires.
Don’t be scared by the thought of making fudge. This is cheats fudge. Its not really fudge at all. Its made with condensed milk and large amounts of Nutella. Melted chocolate sets up to hold everything together. No boiling sugar, no beating, no tired arms. With a little bit of help with the stove, the recipe is even easy enough for children to make and give away as gifts.
Its got a wonderful creamy texture, and is incredibly addictive. You might find you need to make a double batch to make sure there’s enough left to give away!
200g milk chocolate, broken into small chunks
40g unsalted butter
390g condensed milk
generous pinch sea salt
Line a baking tray, measuring approximately 18x24cm with greaseproof paper.
Put all the ingredients into a large, heatproof bowl.
Set over a pan of water, bubbling on a low heat.
Gently heat the ingredients together, stirring constantly, until the butter and the chocolate have melted and you have a thick, rich mixture.
Remove from the heat.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tray.
Cool in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, or over night.
Cut into pieces.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.