Salted Caramel Fudge

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Yep! It’s salted caramel again.

This yummy fudge is really simple to make and great as a homemade gift, or as a sweet addition to your next gathering.

I made two batches this week, one as a part of a housewarming present for some work friends and another split between two of my good friends for their birthdays. It was very well received in all cases and had some excellent reviews!

The fudge itself has very few ingredients- sweetened condensed milk, butter, muscovado sugar, vanilla and sea salt. I like to decorate it and add to the flavour with a few different toppings- I’ll suggest a few below, but definitely feel free to leave it plain or sprinkle with some extra salt flakes.

You’ll need:

  • 395g can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 80g butter
  • 150g light muscovado sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • freeze dried raspberries, crystallised violets, crumbled walnuts, edible glitter, cacao nibs etc

Method

1. Place the sweetened condensed milk, sugar, vanilla and butter in a large (preferrably non stick) pan. Fill a glass with iced water to use to test the fudge and place a large piece of baking paper on the bench.

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2. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.

3. Slowly bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring constantly for around ten minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for five minutes.

4. Add half of the sea salt (and some glitter if you’d like to) to the cooled mixture and begin stirring again. I place my pan on a teatowel on the bench so that it doesn’t move around, as the mixture becomes quite stiff. Stir as briskly as you can for around eight to ten minutes- you’ll notice the texture change and thicken as you go.

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5. Drop a small piece of fudge into the glass of water- you want it to drop to the bottom of the glass and make a soft ball or teardrop shape.

6.  Spoon the thickened mixture onto the prepared baking paper and spread out with the back of a metal spoon. Even it out with a rolling pin until you have a nice rectangle of around 1cm thickness.

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7. Press your chosen toppings into the fudge slightly and leave to cool completely.

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8. Cut the cooled fudge into squares. Store in an airtight container or jar.

told you it was easy! I hope you’ll give it a try at home.

I’d love to hear about your cooking and baking inventions if you’d like to leave me a comment below.

Perhaps you can tell me what you’d like to see next? I’m thinking something with passion fruit to capture a last taste of summer…

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Two of the albums I listened to while I was making the first batch of fudge.

Salted Caramel Slice!

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You might have already noticed my fondness for salted caramel goodies.

It began in 2011 at an amazing chocolate shop in Camden Passage, London called Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates. Their sea salted caramel was a revelation and I have been a devotee ever since.

That devotion means salted caramel appears in my kitchen on a pretty regular basis; this incarnation is a twist on a well loved classic and is definitely one of my favourites.

I love it so much that I usually give most of it away so I don’t indulge too much!

You will need:

Base

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 120g butter, melted

Salted Caramel filling 

  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 30g butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • about 2 tsp sea salt flakes

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  • 180g dark eating chocolate (I used Cadbury Old Gold)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Method 

1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 20x30cm slice tin.

2. Stir the sifted flours, coconut, sugar and butter in a bowl until combined.

3. Press base mixture into prepared tin and place in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly browned.DSC_0203

4. Meanwhile, heat condensed milk, golden syrup, 30g butter and 1tsp salt flakes in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously for about 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool for 2 minutes and then carefully taste the still hot mixture, adding the rest of the salt if desired.

5. Spread salted caramel over base, sprinkling with more sea salt flakes if desired, and return to oven for 10 minutes.

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6. Remove slice from oven and cool.

7. Stir chocolate pieces and oil in a small saucepan over low heat until melted, then pour over cooled slice, smoothing with a spoon if necessary.

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8. Refrigerate slice for 3 hours or chocolate has hardened.

9. Cut into around 30 pieces with a hot knife.

I sometimes top the slice with additional salt flakes, like Himalayan pink salt, to finish the look. I didn’t this time because I had added salt between the chocolate and caramel layers, and because it wouldn’t have stayed on top for the journey in for morning tea at work.

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This recipe yields a nice big batch that will have you firmly in the good books with friends and family. Plus, the satisfaction of eating something this mindbogglingly delicious is always amplified when you’ve made it yourself.

Have a great week and happy baking!