advent calendar 2013

Advent Calendar Day 18 – 2 minute microwave fudge

Emergency fudge!

Emergency fudge!

Stressed? End of term driving you crazy? Need a sweet treat or an emergency teacher present? Ta-dah! Fudge that can be made in the microwave! And, dear readers, just for you I have tested this recipe myself *wipes chocolate from corner of mouth* so you’ll know it’s a good one 😉

The original recipe can be found HERE but I’m copying it below because I’ve added in my own thoughts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb icing sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts     (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Sift powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt into a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Stir in milk and vanilla.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Place butter on top, cut into chunks.
  5. Microwave on high, 2 minutes.
  6. Beat with wooden spoon until smooth.
  7. Stir in nuts (OPTIONAL).
  8. Spread in 8 X 8 X 2 inch baking pan.
  9. Chill about 1 hour or until firm.
  10. Cut into 36 pieces.

Again, this is an American recipe, and I don’t have an official ‘cup’ measurer, so I just use a tea cup. Here’s my fudge-making in pictures!

All my ingredients assembled

All my ingredients assembled

One pound (lb) of icing sugar is quite a lot!! (It's about 450g)

One pound (lb) of icing sugar is quite a lot!! (It’s about 450g)

That's about half a cup of butter, isn't it?! (How do you even measure that?!)

That’s about half a cup of butter, isn’t it?! (How do you even measure that?!)

Everything mixed and the butter dumped on top - I should have cut my butter up, I think

Everything mixed and the butter dumped on top – I should have cut my butter up, I think

After microwaving - mine needed an extra 30 secs because of the big lumps of butter - and mixing

After microwaving – mine needed an extra 30 secs because of the big lumps of butter – and mixing

I didn't have an 8x8inch tray so used a Pyrex dish lined with clingfilm (TOP TIP it helps you get the fudge out afterwards!)

I didn’t have an 8x8inch tray so used a Pyrex dish lined with clingfilm (TOP TIP it helps you get the fudge out afterwards!)

Finished fudge after 3 hours in the fridge! (1 hour wasn't enough, it was too soft)

Finished fudge after 3 hours in the fridge! (1 hour wasn’t enough, it was too soft)

It is YUMMY and I shall definitely be making it again!

8 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Day 18 – 2 minute microwave fudge

  1. It is REALLY good, good enough to give as presents (the recipe makes a LOT of fudge, lol)
    I’ve now made three batches and I definitely used too much butter in the first version above. It should be almost more like a dough after it’s been microwaved and mixed. It’s hard work to handle but holds its shape much better after cooling and doesn’t then need to be kept in the fridge.
    I’ve done bags of fudge for the people who look after/teach my kids 🙂

  2. If anyone is interested I have discovered that 1 American Cup = 8 fluid ounces (you can fill up to the 8 fl.oz. level with sugar and flour and whatever and that will still be true).

    Half a cup of butter, despite the fact that it does not naturally fit in the bottom of a cup, weighs 4 oz….

    Or so my American pen-pal tells me. 🙂

  3. For anyone still planning to try this recipe, 4oz butter, as suggested by Jane’s American penpal suggests, is much too much. I think it’s more like 2oz that is needed, otherwise your fudge never sets!

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