Sometimes, when it’s been raining for too long, or payday is far away, or your relationship is yo-yo-ing, or as in my case, your family is miles away and it will be forever before you get to see them again, or any other time when life is in a teeth kicking mode, you NEED something that tastes of your childhood. Something that will take you back to the kitchen giggles of when you were first discovering a love of cooking. For me, it’s Rocky Road Fudge.
One bite into the soft, sweet marshmallow balanced with the crunchy roasted nuts, just held together with chocolate and I’m ten again. This is one recipe I don’t really muck about with, I do my best to keep it exactly the way I first made it. The only concession I make to the fact that I’m no longer ten, is that I now use two thirds dark chocolate. The really great thing about this recipe is that it requires no special ingredients or equipment and it’s both quick and easy to make. Making it perfect for the little ones.
1 tin of condensed milk
300gm of chocolate
2 cups of mixed nuts (I like hazel, walnut and almond)
150 gm of marshmallows
1 splash of vanilla essence
Before you begin, line a rectangular dish with baking paper and grease it. Then put the nuts on a baking tray and let them gently toast at 180°C for about 15 – 20 mins. Keep an eye on them to prevent them from catching.
While the nuts are filling the house with the scent of . . . well . . . nuts, chop the chocolate in to even sized chunks so that it will melt evenly.
Before you melt the chocolate mix the nuts and marshmallows into a bowl. I must confess to a little lie at this point, there is one other thing that I’ve changed since childhood. I now use mini marshmallows. We used to spend an eternity snipping regular sized marshmallows into bits, but honestly why do it if you don’t have to.
Now melt the chocolate. If you’re working with a little one, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave. I prefer melting it in a glass bowl over water because it makes me feel like I really know what I’m doing.
Once the chocolate has melted, quickly whisk in the condensed milk and the vanilla and then scrape the chocolate mix on top of the waiting marshmallows and nuts. Using a wooden spoon, mix them all up together. The sound of this, the nuts mixing together, is where this dish apparently got its name. Once the marshmallows and nuts are evenly coated, pour into the lined dish and press down with the wooden spoon.
Now it the time to practice your patience. Pop it in the fridge and leave it for at least an hour, until it has set. Then pull it out of the tray using the parchment paper and slice into fudge sized bites.
Now, if we’re going to be honest, these babies, while munchish and morish, are never going to win any beauty awards, but display them on a on a glass stand and let their taste win the hearts of even the chews-iest of folk. Because, trust me, they will.