So it's July and summer is here and it's raining yet again. So what shall I do? The ironing calls (as it always seems to lately), the hoovering needs doing (but husband is not back today, so no need to panic about that just yet) I have a letter to write, dusting to do (before we all come down with dust allergies) and all manner of other things, before I even start thinking about knitting.
So what shall I do? Someone in the staff room today brought in some fudge (shop bought, mass produced pretty unpleasant stuff) and I got in the mood for making some myself. So I went to Sainsbury's, bought the stuff and started playing in the kitchen.
May I present you with a step-by-step guide to making chocolate and pecan fudge.
Firstly assemble your ingredients - sugar, condensed milk, butter, chocolate and pecans. In a big pan, place 6floz water, the tin of condensed milk, 1 pound sugar and 4oz butter. Please bear in mind that I'm 42 and have not gone metric yet!
Put said pan on the heat and bring to the boil. Then start to boil rapidly, stirring all the time (you don't want this to stick believe me). Carry on until you reach the soft ball stage (see below).
Now this sounds complicated and technical, but it isn't. With your spoon, place a small amount of mixture in a jug of cold water. It should come together and form a soft ball - if it doesn't, just cook it for a bit longer.
This mixture is now very hot - you have been warned! Turn the heat off and stir in 6oz of plain chocolate. Stir like mad being careful not to splash yourself.
Add 40z chopped pecans and stir again. As it starts to cool, it will thicken up. Pour into a square tin (I think this one is about 8 inches square) lined with baking parchment. When it's cold it will be set beautifully and you can cut it into squares and eat it all up.
I would show you the finished product, all cut up and placed in individual teeny weeny paper cases, but it isn't set yet, so I can't.
However, would anyone out there like to try some? Competition time folks! Just leave a comment and I'll draw out a winner later on in the week, sending some to one bloggy person. If you have a nut allergy, don't enter, but as the ingredients don't involve flour, it's gluten free....
No, that's not fair. I'm discriminating against nutty sufferers. If you are nut product intolerant, let me know and I'll make you some fresh stuff without the nuts.
Damn I'm good to you.