Delicious vanilla fudge can be homemade with three ingredients in just five minutes. A great, tasty last-minute-gift.
Making vanilla fudge yourself is no art at all. On the contrary! With the right recipe - THIS recipe - you actually only need three ingredients and 5 minutes! The quick fudge is, therefore, a perfect last-minute-gift from the kitchen. And, of course, also good for self-indulgence in stressful times.
Taste and Occasion
Fudge, the melt-in-your-mouth caramel confection, is wonderfully sweet and creamy. Okay, it's extremely sweet. Not surprising since it's primarily made of sugar. A small note: My vanilla fudge is not the original with caramel flavoring but a particularly quick and simple alternative.
The difficulty in classic recipes is that the basic mixture of sugar, butter, and cream must first be brought to a specific temperature and simmered for up to an hour at precisely X degrees while stirring. If you don't have a sugar thermometer or do something wrong, you get crumbly, hard, or bitter confectionery. On the other hand, sometimes the fudge is too soft. Such a thing can't happen to you with this recipe: The homemade fudge is sure to succeed. That's a promise!
The foundation for this quick fudge is sweetened condensed milk and chocolate or chocolate coating. I don't remember where I got this "recipe" from, as I've been making it this way for years. The two ingredients go into a saucepan, where they can melt into a homogeneous mass for a few minutes. Done. Theoretically, it is even possible to make fudge in the microwave.
How to make the Vanilla Fudge
Let's start: Finely chop the couverture or chocolate. Line an approx. 3*3 in / 18*18 cm mold with baking paper and brush it with a bit of oil or soft butter. Alternatively, use a small silicone mold. Heat the sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan. Now, add the chocolate chips and melt on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Keep stirring until the mixture is homogeneous. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to taste.
This quick peanut butter fudge is insane: a tremendously creamy and melt-in-your-mouth confection
Then, pour the cream into the mold and smooth it out. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Turn out or remove the fudge and cut it into small squares with a large sharp knife.
For the vanilla fudge, you still need vanilla, of course. Either in the form of ground vanilla pods, as I did for the photos (hence only black dots). Or you take the liquid vanilla extract, which colors the whole mass a bit. Alternatively, tonka bean and, especially in advent, cinnamon are suitable. Christmas fudge looks especially good in the form of stars. You can easily use small cookie cutters for this.
- 400 grams (1 ⅓ cups) sweetened condensed milk, 1 can
- 400 grams (1 ¾ cups) white chocolate coating, alternatively dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or vanilla pulp or ground vanilla
- Finely chop the couverture or chocolate. Line an approx. 3*3 in / 18*18 cm mold with baking paper and brush it with a bit of oil or soft butter. Alternatively, use a small silicone mold.
- Heat the sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan. Add the chocolate chips and melt on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Keep stirring until the mixture is homogeneous. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to taste.
- Pour the cream into the mold and smooth it out. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Turn out or remove the fudge and cut it into small squares with a large sharp knife.
For those still looking for last-minute Christmas gifts from the kitchen, my peanut butter fudge is similar to the quick fudge. Have fun!