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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Christmas Edible Gift #2 ~ Cranberry & Almond Fudge


This fudge is a little sensation it’s so easy to make without the need for a sugar thermometer! Just a few combining of ingredients on the heat and of course stirring before being placed into a lined baking tin for chilling. Once chilled, the fudge can be cut into pieces; its texture is very creamy and sweet and with the addition of dried cranberries and almonds makes a perfect edible gift. Divided up in to little cellophane bags and tied with a festive coloured ribbon, this would make a lovely Christmas gift for family or friends.




Happy Cook @ My Kitchen Treasures is hosting a charming event for Homemade Christmas Gifts and I am submitting my fudge into this event. She is posting a round-up here where you’re able to view all the homemade gifts that have been submitted.


Cranberry & Almond Fudge

Ingredients
275g (10 oz) Icing sugar
150ml (¼ pint) full fat milk
75g (3 oz) dried cranberries
50g (2 oz) butter
60g (2½ oz) flaked almonds ~ toasted lightly
¼tsp almond extract
300g (11 oz) white chocolate, chopped a little

Method

Line a 20cm x20cm x5cm (8x8x2 in) baking tin with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the tin.

Butter the sides of a heavy based saucepan and add the icing sugar, milk and butter; stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Stir over a medium heat until the mixture boils and the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium-low and boil the mixture for 5 minutes without stirring. Reduce the heat to low. Add the white chocolate and stir on the low heat until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the dried cranberries, lightly toasted almonds, and almond extract. With a spatula spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin. Cover with cling film or foil and place in the fridge to chill for 6 hours or until firm. Lift out the fudge with the foil from the tin and cut into 2.5cm (1 in) squares.

To toast the flaked almonds, spread them on a baking tray in a single layer and bake in a preheated oven 180°c/fan oven 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Toast for 10 minutes or until golden brown, flipping the flaked almonds over in the baking tray after being in the oven for 5 minutes to evenly toast them.

44 comments:

Maria said...

Rosie this Cranberry and Almond Fudge is amazing!!!! I must snag this recipe and idea, of course with your permission?..hehehe

Maria
x

Happy cook said...

I love these. They looks so yummy.
Wish i had someone who made these and send me.
I don't have a sugar thermometer.
I think i will hive a hint for my present. I have given so much hint to my hunny and daughter what all things i need for my baking :-)
I will addd this thermometer too in the list. You never know santa might be genourous, in my cas hubby :-)))
Rosie thankyou for sending this for my event.

Dani said...

wish i was on your xmas list hahaha

Sylvie said...

Rosie, that sounds like a lovely flavour combination. I made some pistachio and chocolate fudge for Christmas presnets last year, maybe I'll try this one this time round! x

sowmya said...

thats a nice recipe..will make this sometime..

Jeena said...

Rosie your fudge looks really amazing.

It is so funny because I have been thinking about making fudge for weeks now and seeing how fabulous yours look it has give me a push to get on and make some.

I love the colours of thecreamy fudge and cranberry. :-)

Ann said...

The fudges looks extremely yummy..And the way you have presented them are aesthetic enough to tempt even a no-sugar lady like me..ha ha..hope you will have a versatile X'mas Rosie

Uma said...

cranberry and almond is such a delicious combo! Fudge looks simply fabulous and mouth-watering. Lovely presentation! A perfect gift for a sweet lover!

Jules said...

I'ts been years since I've made fudge. This looks fantastic.

Beth said...

This Ive got to try

Donna said...

This sounds like Just what I Need!!! YUM!!!hughugs

Antonia said...

What a lovely idea for a Christmas gift - very festive and so delicious-sounding!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh yum! They're so pretty.

Bellini Valli said...

I love these simple to make fudges Rosie. I seem to be into the whole cranberry and pistachio thing for the holidays but almonds would work too:D

Hornsfan said...

Rosie,
This looks like a fabulous gift and a tasty variety on the traditionally chocolate favorite (at least a favorite at my house!) - thanks for sharing!
Cheers,
Lauren

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Mouthwatering! The fudge is so pretty too.

priscilla said...

this fudge looks good Rosie! thank you for always dropping by my blog to leave me comments. =)

Emily said...

Sounds delicious! I'll have to remember this recipe for Christmas.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi rosie
the concept of fudge for christmas present is great, and your wrapping of cranberry and almond fudge looks so enticing...well thought of.

Rachel said...

you got me craving for this right about now...pure torture....:D

Foodista said...

I'd love to make these for the holidays, but I'm afraid this will not escape the sharp eyes and noses of the little fudge monsters at home :) bookmarked the recipe!

Grace said...

what does it say about me that my favorite kind of christmas gift is an edible gift? i'd love to receive some fudge as delightful as this, but i doubt i will, so i'll have to make my own...and perhaps share with others. :)

nicisme said...

Great idea for a present!

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie:
Delicious fudge and your Chocolate Christmas cake is wonderful. Thank you for your comments in my blog. You are so lovely. Best and whises

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, that fudge looks mighty scrumptious! I love that combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

Priya said...

Woww thats an awesome work Rosie..am drooling over the fudges..looks fabulous..

J.Danger said...

Hi Rosie!

I love that this is made with White Chocolate and not dark or milk! I would love to try it.

Ivy said...

My kids will love you for this. They love white chocolate.

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, this would be perfect for you in laws hamper ~ please do snag and enjoy :D I would recommend cutting the fudge up with a warmed knife and also not making this too far in advance before eating.

Best wishes Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi H.C. I have a sugar thermometer which came with my persevering pan; it really is nice to have one on hand H.C. It’s been an absolute pleasure to send this fudge into your event .....LOL... I have another edible item on my list coming your way soon :D

Hi Dani, hahaha, oh boy me on yours too with those yummy choccie cookies :D

Hi Sylie, oh wow pistachio and chocolate fudge sounds amazing!!

Hi sowmya, enjoy sweetie when you make this :D

Hi Jeena, lovely to *see* you and sounds like I may have started a fudge blogosphere :D

Hi Ann, awe thank you and perhaps I can just tempt you into a little sugar heaven *smile*

Hi Uma, my son’s partner has a very sweet tooth and enjoyed a full bag in one go.....Oh my....

Hi Jules, thanks and hope you will try this out sometime :D

Hi Beth, oh I hope you do and enjoy making it as much as I did :D

Hi Donna, passing a bag over that I have left :D Hugshugs sweetie!

Hi Antonia, thank you :D

Many thanks for all you kind comments sending my best wishes to you ~Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Ducky, awe thank you sweetie :D

Hi Val, they are great no-fuss recipes and like the idea of cranberry and pistachio mmmmm...

Hi Lauren, lovely to *see* you here and thank you for your kind comment. I must admit I’m such a sucker for anything with chocolate in it lol...

Hi Sherry Trifle, awe thanks sweetie :D

Hi priscilla, I love calling in your blog and viewing what beautifl creations you’ve been making. Happy 17th birthday once again :D

Hi Emily, I hopeyou will give this recipe a whirl at Christmas :D

Hi Anamika, thank you! I’m trying my hand at more edible gifts this year and its fun in the kitchen at this time of year with the festive produce around :D


Many thanks for all you kind comments sending my best wishes to you ~ Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Rachel, I wish I could pass you some fudge through the screen ;)

Hi Foodista, welcome and lovely to *see* you here :D I hope you manage to try making this fudge and keeping little hands at bay ;)

Hi Grace, my favourite gift would be edible food and cookbooks hahaha..... so I think I fully follow where you are coming from here ;)

Hi Nic, awe thanks sweetie :D

Hi tartasacher, awe thank you, you’re so kind! My best wishes to you too :D

Hi Rosa, awe thanks, the combo of flavours were good if I may say so :D

Hi Priya, awe thanks! I wish I could pass you a few squares over through my screen ;)

Hi J.Danger, I do hope you will try this out, it’s such an easy fudge to make :D

Hi Ivy, awe I hope you will try this out for your kids with it being white choccie :D

Many thanks for all you kind comments sending my best wishes to you ~ Rosie x

giz said...

This is a really interesting combination. Beautiful.

glamah16 said...

Now that looks both yummy and restive! Starbucks sells cranerry almonf bark, but I would much prefer something like this.

Cakelaw said...

This is just gorgeous looking fudge Rosie - the recipients of this are so lucky.

Kevin said...

Cranberry fudge is a great idea! It looks so good!

Kelly-Jane said...

I LOVE fudge! Yours looks lovely, and such good flavours, mmm mmm.

Lore said...

I've always loved fudge but not all versions have such a Christmasy air like yours! Also I don't have a thermometer so this recipe sounds perfect to me :D

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Rosie that fudge looks so festive, and simple too, I am making gifts for the kids teachers this year, this recipe would be perfect!

Arfi Binsted said...

OMG!! I wish I were your lucky neighbour, Rosie!

Nickki said...

Wow, that fudge looks divine Rosie! Very festive looking as well with the cranberries. YUM! :)

Premyscakes said...

I just love them. Looks great.

Anne said...

Just found this, the fudge sounds droolworthy and wish had some right now to eat! :)

sunita said...

The fudge looks so tempting :-)