Each year I like to do something for the teachers at the end of Christmas term and summer term. Having just been to a local Christmas fair (coming up for Country Kids this Saturday) was inspired by the pretty homemade gifts from candles to chocolate brownies but less than taken with the price tickets! It gave me enough to ponder on and inspiration hit whilst rummaging in our top store with all the Coombe Mill business spare items. Amongst the odd glasses and bowls I found a set of little prawn cocktail dishes. They must have been lurking for years and were never going to be the latest must have on our property inventory list but would make the perfect start for my Christmas presents to the teachers this year. I dug out a simple fudge recipe, amended it to my liking and with the help of cling film and floristry ribbon my very own Christmas gift came to life.
The test batch of fudge didn’t stay around long and the children were very excited to make the real ones ready to give their teachers. It is wonderfully simple and quick to do so I thought I’d share it here for my “How to Make” series.
To Make the Fudge
You will need:
350g Granulated sugar
100g Soft brown sugar
1/4 pint of full fat milk
397g tin of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
Place all the ingredients except the brandy in a non stick pan.
Heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring gently.
Increase the heat till the mixture starts to boil and boil gently for about 15 minutes stirring continuously till the colour turns darker and the mix thickens. You can test a little blob on a spoon so set if if sets.
Remove from the heat and beat in the saucepan for a few minutes to ensure the mix is smooth and slightly cooled.
Stir in the brandy and pour into a 7 – 8 inch tin and place in the fridge to set overnight.
Cut the fudge into squares.
If you like the way I have presented the fudge for the teachers, here’s how I did it. It’s nice and simple and uses things you’ll probably have lying around the house.
To do the Presentation
What you’ll need:
Sturdy glass dishes or glasses
Good quality cling film
Arrange the fudge squares in the dish.
Place the dish on a large square of cling film.
Draw up the edges.
Secure in a knot with coloured strands of ribbon.
Use the edge of some scissors to curl the strips to give the finished effect.
A few fun alternatives to try.
Try hunting round a charity shop for the set of dishes or even using china tea cups.
You can flavour the fudge anyway you choose. Try adding melted chocolate in place of brandy, or using baileys or vanilla essence instead.
Coconut ice, peppermint creams or marzipan cubes in chocolate would work well too.
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