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Honeycomb Chocolate Fudge

17 May

Honeycomb FudgeIt’s ridiculous,  I know.  Two and a half (ish) years of recipe sharing under the name Fudgingood  and not a single fudge recipe.  It’s not that I don’t like fudge,  it’s just that it’s not really terribly cullinarily  (I love invented words) exciting,  is it?  It’s sweet with a uniform texture and the flavour is very samey.  Then a friend asked me to make some additions for the sweetie table table at her wedding.  She loves honeycomb and so boom – this was born.  A nice contrast of soft and crunchy with the honeycomb adding depth  to the chocolatey goodness.  A definite winner.

HC INGFor the Honeycomb take:

  • 200gm golden sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of Bicarbonate of Soda

HC measureI must introduce my new favourite means of measuring out sticky substances,  like peanut butter, treacle and syrups.   This amazing plunger means that there is no scraping AND you never waste a single drop.  Check them out here.  So measure out your syrup and your honey.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

HC BubblingPlace the sugar in a heavy bottomed pan.  Add the honey and sugar and, without stirring,  bring to a boil.  Once the sugar has completely dissolved, allow it to boil for a further two or three minutes until it is a glorious amber colour.

HC SetQuickly stir in the bicarb and pour into your preprepared tin and leave to set for about an hour or two.   You can of course stop here and break off yummy bits of honeycomb OR you could move on to the next level.

HCF INGFor the Fudge take:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups golden sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup double cream
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • your beautiful homemade honeycomb

HCF Chopped ChocolateBefore you begin,   you need to prep the following.  Have a large baking tray, a large bowl and a wooden spoon and the container you want to set your fudge in ready.  Once that’s all sorted out, chop your chocolate into small chunks.

HCF CombinedAdd all the ingredients except for the vanilla and the honeycomb to a heavy bottomed medium sized pot.  When choosing your pot,  remember fudge always bubbles up more than you think it will.

HCF BoilingPlace your mixture on a medium heat and,  stirring constantly, bring the mixture to between 115°C and 120°C depending on how firm you like your fudge.

HCF coolingCarefully. VERY CAREFULLY pour your mixture on to your large baking tray and leave to cool, undisturbed for twenty minutes.

HCF StirPour your mixture into a large bowl, add your vanilla and stir vigorously for about 4 to 6 minutes.  You want your mixture to  loose its shine and just start to thicken. Pour the mixture into the container you would like your fudge to set in.

HCF Chopped HoneycombChop up your honeycomb into tiny pieces. HCF toppedPress the honeycomb into the setting fudge and leave the fudge to set for about two or three hours.

HCF SlicedUsing a sharp,  oiled knife, cut your fudge into squares.

HCF SquaresEnjoy the delight of a fudge that has contrasting textures and flavours.

 

 

 

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Blueberry and Pistachio Pancakes

27 Apr

BPP FinishedThe BH and I have had a bit of a trying year.  We’ve both changed jobs AND we’ve bought a house.  Add to this a missing camera charger and you have a very guilty me apologising for the HUGE hiatus in my blogging.  That said this weekend rolled around and to both of our absolute surprise and wonder, there was nothing planned.  I’m not going to lie, we were both more than a little shell shocked by this and for a while just stared at each other, not really sure what to do.  Then, thankfully, sloth instinct kicked in and pancakes and old episodes of the X-Files were the order of the day.  Now I must confess, I simply can’t resist the urge to mess with pancakes, these however are my current favourites.

BPP IngTo start take:

  • 500gms self raising flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder (you want them to be really light and fluffy)
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 gms butter
  • 1 litre milk
  • 200 gms blueberries
  • 100gm roasted salted pistachios
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla essence if you prefer)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (optional)

BPP Melting ButterMelt the butter in a small sauce pan and allow it to cool.  Then add  the milk to the butter.  Beat the eggs and add these along with the vanilla bean paste to the melted butter.  You want to make sure the butter is cool and you add the milk before you add the eggs otherwise you’re going to be eating buttery,  vanilla flavoured scrambled eggs, which I don’t think will taste as good as it sounds.

Sift BPPSift together your flour, salt, baking powder and sugar (if you’re using it) in a large mixing bowl.

BPP BatterThen slowly add the milk mixture to the flour mix and whisk until the mixture is smooth and lump free. BPP Chopped PistachiosRoughly chop your pistachios and wash and dry your blueberries.  Put these in two separate bowls next to your griddle or frying pan.

BPP FryingHeat your pan or griddle and using a paper towel, apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to the pan/griddle.  Using a soup ladle, spoon a circle of batter on to your griddle pan and then top with blueberries and pistachios.  When the batter bubbles, turn your pancake over and cook on the underside.

BPP Frying 2

Sorry, I just love the colours of the pistachios on the batter, so you’re being subjected to another photograph.  Place the pancake in a warming draw or oven on a low heat and repeat the process until you have used all the batter.

BPP YumDrizzle your pancakes with honey, you can use any syrup that takes your fancy, but there is something about the pistachios and blueberries that just really works with honey, and enjoy.

 

Fruit Salad with Meringue Nests

22 Jul

FS2 Finished

I am currently enjoying my first British summer.  This is my third July in the UK, but lets face it the last two summers were completely rubbish.  The best bit about this weather is that it finally feels like barbecue (or braai) season.  As a South African, cooking meat outdoors over a flame is a deeply engrained cultural pastime.  One bordering on religious fanaticism.  I would dearly love to share some of the amazing meals we enjoy with you, but unfortunately braaing (or barbecuing)  is strictly “men’s work.”  Now as liberated and enlightened my BH is in every other aspect, I have more chance of spontaneously combusting then I do of  being given charge of the Braai (Barbecue) tongs.

My job in this summer performance is to prepare salads and dessert.  That’s it. That’s all us women get and surprisingly, none of us complain.  Weird, huh?

So that’s why this is yet another sweet post and why there will probably be a few more in the next couple of days.  Well that’s my story at least and I’m sticking to it.  Anyway in weather like this, you need something cool and refreshing and that requires minimal time in the kitchen.  Fruit salad is always a winner and here it’s dressed in a honey, lime and mint dressing served with meringue nests and chantilly cream.

FS IngThis serves 8:

Meringue nests:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 250gm caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional, but so yummy)

Salad:

  • A mix of your favourite fruit, I used grapes, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries and pineapple
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 limes
  • 2 Tbs of honey

Chantilly Cream:

  • 200 mls double cream
  • caster sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

FS Sep EggsFirst preheat the oven to 110 °C and then separate the eggs and place the whites in a clean bowl.  Save the yolks for pannacotta or a nice quiche.

FS egg whiteAdd the cream of tartar and the lemon juice and then beat until soft peaks form.

FS sugarWeigh out your sugar.  A handy tip to remember is to use 50gms of sugar per egg white.

FS MeringueAdd the sugar a tablespoon at a time  and always ensure the sugar is completely incorporated before adding the next tablespoon of sugar.  Continue whisking until your mixture resembles the one above and then fold in the vanilla bean paste.

FS nestsLine a large baking tray with parchment paper and then using a star tipped nozzle and a piping bag, pipe your nests onto the paper.  Place in the oven and bake for two hours.  This should produce a relatively robust meringue that still has a squishy inside.

FS Lime Juice

Now get on with your fruit salad.  To make the dressing, squeeze the limes getting as much juice as you can from them.  The vitamin C in the juice will prevent your fruit from browning.

FS dressingAdd the honey to the lime juice and whisk with a fork until it’s incorporated.

FS MintFinely chop your mint leaves and add this to the lime-honey mix.

FS saladChop your fruit into bite sized pieces and toss with the dressing.  Chill until needed. FS cooked nests

Once your nests are ready, allow them to cool.   FS creamOnce they are cool, make the chantilly cream by adding the vanilla and sugar to the cream and beating it until it holds its shape.  Then assemble by topping the meringue with cream and fruit salad.  Enjoy.

FS Ready to eat

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