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Dark chocolate and ginger fudge…

November 21, 2012

My lovely mother-in-law got roped into kindly agreed to several nights babysitting last week (our lives are one big social whirl, you understand…), and I wanted to give her a little something to say thank you.

I’m not sure what made me think of it, but I remembered having made Nigella’s chocolate and pistachio fudge out of ‘Nigella Express’ several years ago, and I thought that with a small ‘tweak’ this would be just perfect.

My mother-in-law likes fudge, and dark chocolate, so all good so far, and she is also very fond of a bit of ginger, sooooo, instead of the pistachios, I added chopped up stem ginger-genius!

Just in case you want to make some too, here is the easy peasy recipe:

  • Melt 350g dark chocolate in a saucepan with a 397g can condensed milk and 30g butter over a low heat giving it the odd stir
  • Chop approx 100g (about half a jar) of stem ginger in syrup into smaller pieces, and add to the mix
  • Pour/scrape into a foil tin or a brownie tin-Nigella specifies a 23cm tin, mine was about 20x15cm and it was fine
  • Allow to cool before placing in the fridge to set

Told you it was easy!

AND you can freeze it too. Chop it up when it’s cool, and then lay the pieces out on a lined baking tray, place in the freezer. Once frozen, you can then bung all the bits in to a plastic bag. Then, if the occasion arises, you can very smugly whip out a batch of homemade fudge!

I know you will all be impressed with my improvised plum punnet gift basket..

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9 Comments

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  • Reply Debbie November 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Would it be overkill to try and add a few chopped dried cranberries to this recipe? Just thinking of ideas for Christmas and I personally love cranberries. I thought about just chocolate and cranberry but I like the zing from the ginger. Maybe I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes!

    • Reply Jen November 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Sounds delicious! I have made lots of different versions of this, including a chocolate orange version, with orange zest instead of the ginger-yum!

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  • Reply For Bella and Will November 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Ooh yummy, I think I may need to make some of this fudge all my family would love this, we are ginger fiends 😉

    • Reply Jen November 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Yay! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo November 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Fab. I always make fudge for pressies at Xmas and am usually on the lookout for differnt versions, shall deffo give this a go. Thanks for sharing. :o)

    • Reply Jen November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      You can freeze it, so make a big batch now, and then you can smugly pull it out of the freezer nearer the time!

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