Oh I do love an edible gift don’t you? Not that I’ve ever received one (sigh) but I imagine it’s rather lovely. I tend to be the edible gift maker myself but don’t feel too sorry for me, being the maker has it’s perks. First of all, it’s the only way you can give someone a cheap gift without them them thinking you’re a tight – which you are. Secondly, it allows you to buy a nice new pair of trainers for yourself with the savings.
Now, I know Christmas already feels like a distant memory but edible gifts aren’t just for Christmas. You can of course be a cheapskate all year round.
“Are those new trainers?”
“Why yes, yes they are” you say.
“Oh and thank you so much for the fudge, what a thoughtful gift.”
“Oh not at all, I’m a very thoughtful person, glad you liked it” you say smugly looking down and admiring your new trainers. Mwah ha ha ha!
So Happy New Year to all, may your gifts be edible and your purse brimming with precious stones.
Salted sultana and rum fudge
Makes 1 slab / Hands on time 40 mins / Total time 40 mins + 2 hrs cooling / V Gf
You’ll need: Electric hand whisk, 1 large or 2 small deep baking trays, baking paper and ice
Rapeseed oil spray
3 tbs dark rum
1 can condensed milk
2 tbs golden syrup
175ml whole milk
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
1 tsp vanilla extract
800g granulated sugar
¼ tsp sea salt
250g unsalted butter
1. In a small bowl, soak the sultanas in the rum and put to one side.
2. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and spray with oil.
3. Set a small bowl of iced water near the stove, you’ll need it later.
4. In a large heavy bottomed pan over a low heat, add the butter, milk, sugar, condensed milk and golden syrup. Bring to the boil stirring continuously.
5. Once boiling, continue to stir until the toffee goes a golden colour – this will take between 12-15 mins. To test it’s ready to whisk, drop a small amount of mixture into the iced water – if it solidifies it is ready (you should be able to pick it out with our fingers).
6. Take off the heat, add the vanilla and whisk with an electric whisk for 5 mins – it’s the whisking that turns toffee into fudge.
7. Once the fudge has the consistency of loose peanut butter, fold in the soaked sultanas, rum and salt. Pour into the lined tray and set in the fridge for a maximum of 2 hrs – the fudge will become too hard if left for longer.
8. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 4 weeks.
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V – Vegetarian. Gf – Gluten free