By day I mean I started making this at 1AM. But I find making things in the middle of the night adds a special... something or other to them. This recipe comes from the Bible! Behold!
2 c sugar
½ c cocoa powder
⅛ tsp. salt
⅔ c cream
2 tbsp. corn syrup
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla*
½ c (generous) chopped nuts, optional (I used hazelnuts)
Butter the sides of a 2½ or 3 qt saucepan. Mix the first 5 ingredients, then put over medium heat and cook until it boils and the sugar dissolves. Cover for 2 or 3 minutes, then remove the lid and cook to soft ball stage, 234°-236° without stirring.
Carefully remove from heat, trying not to shake or disturb the mixture at all. Drop the butter over it and do not stir- let it melt on top. Let cool to lukewarm, around 110° or so. While waiting for it to cool, line a pan with foil- depending on how thick you want it, use a square or round cake pan or use a loaf pan.
Stir in the vanilla* and the nuts. Beat until it's barely still shiny and it falls from the spoon in, to quote Maida Heatter, "really thick gobs." Pour and spread into the pan. Press plastic wrap onto it immediately, and cut or break apart when it's completely cool.
Wrap each piece individually, keeping them as airtight as possible.
*I forgot about this and it came out fine.
And now, with two splats of ingredients into a saucepan, here goes!
I'm actually not making this for myself. I got a sewing machine really cheap and it needed some repairs. When I called my friend who repairs electronics, I asked if he would be so good and if so how shall I compensate. We agreed on fudge.
|I always feel guilty when I put corn syrup in anything.|
|I'd forgotten how thick and gloopy cream is.|
|You know what? I'm done making fudge. Just let me take the pot and spoon and you can have the last remaining shreds of my dignity.|
|Starting to melt... oh it smelled so good.|
By my senior year, I had a really good business going. The Monday before grades were due, I'd take orders. I'd have everything ready to deliver to grade-stricken students by Wednesday. It had to be the Wednesday before grades were due, because any earlier and the effect might have worn off and any later and the teachers would have finalized their grades and there would be no point.
|Ready to cover and leave for a couple of minutes...|
|Uncovered a few minutes later and very angry.|
|The butter actually started to look pretty as it melted.|
|Is it 3:20AM, or does it kinda look like Olympus Mons with lace on top?|
|Between fudge packing and putting nuts in the fudge, I'm biting back so many stupid jokes right now.|
|I gave up on cutting it and made fudge shards.|
|At least they were tasty crumbs.|
|Plastic wrap for some reason didn't work.|
|A bowl of foil wads!|