Wednesday, December 24, 2014

White Chocolate and Cranberry Fudge.


White Chocolate and Cranberry Fudge is a quick and easy dessert which can be made in minutes. It hardly requires any preparation, you just need to have the ingredients handy and of course the setting time which is around 2 - 3 hours can not be ignored. However you could make it faster by keeping it in the refrigerator, I mostly do that as nor me or my son can keep waiting for 2 long hours :).


I am really not a white chocolate fan but some how love this fudge, apart form cranberry I have added walnuts and pistachios, they add an extra crunch to the Fudge. Here is the simple and quick recipe for "White Chocolate and Cranberry Fudge".

Ingredients

White chocolate chips or bar - 340 grams (I used a full bag )
Condensed Milk - 1can
Dried Cranberries - 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon for garnish.
Walnuts - 1/2 cup
Pistachios - 1/4th cup
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Oil - 1 teaspoon for greasing the foil.

Method

Chop the nuts and berries roughly and keep aside. We have an extra 1 tablespoon of cranberries, finely chop those for garnishing.



Line a 8X8 inch square pan with aluminium foil and apply some cooking oil.

Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, add the condensed milk and microwave on high for 3 minutes (1 minute at a time, remove mix with a spatula and again run for a minute repeating the process one more time. If you feel that there are still some bits of chocolate left just microwave for another 30 seconds or just ignore as it will melt while we mix the nuts.)



After microwaving for 1 minute mix well and repeat.


This is how it looks after 2 minutes cooking in microwave. Mix well and repeat.
  

After 3 minutes. If you see these small bits of chocolate either ignore and proceed or microwave once more for 30 seconds. 


This is how it looked after 3 minutes and 30 seconds in the microwave.


Add the chopped walnuts and Pistachios and mix well,add the chopped cranberries and mix once more.




Transfer the ready fudge mixture to the foil lined and greased pan. Spread evenly and garnish with finely chopped cranberries.



Let it set for at least 2 - 3 hours or if you are in a hurry then place it in the refrigerator for an hour or until firm. Using a sharp knife cut it into 2X2 inches squares.




Serve at room temperature.

Notes:

Well there is nothing much but please be really careful while melting the chocolate.We need to microwave for a total of 3 minutes but 1 minute at a time, remove mix with a spatula and again run for a minute repeating the process one more time. 
I have not used vanilla essence as my chocolate was vanilla flavored however you could add it once the chocolate chips have melted and then continue with adding the nuts.
To check if the fudge is set or not, just touch and check if its firm so you can cut.
Once cut you can store it in an airtight box in the refrigerator and very important if you are stacking them then place apiece of parchment paper or baking paper to avoid them from sticking to each other.

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