I’d like to start by thanking Nigella Lawson for showing me the easiest fudge recipe on earth. No, really! It is the simplest recipe I’ve ever seen, and the result is totally awesome. However, I’m a caramel girl. If I want to taste chocolate, I’ll eat a bar of Lindt rather than fudge (anyone else with me?), but I made this fudge for Christmas treats one year and they went down very well – kids and adults alike had chocolate mustaches which is always a good sign!
One day, I made a white chocolate version of this fudge and…it was disappointing. The flavour wasn’t really either chocolate or condensed milk and I melted it back down and added rum essence to one pan and mint to another. Bingo! White chocolate can be made to taste like all sorts of things! And THEN I came across all sorts of posts about turning condensed milk into the fabulous dulce de leche by boiling a can of condensed milk in a large pot of water (Google it – it really works, but be careful not to let the water boil down too much and cool before opening). What if I could make Dulce de Leche-flavoured fudge?
So I did it. And it worked. Except it turned out that Dulce de Leche fudge is just caramel fudge by another name! And, if you’re feeling lazy and can’t buy dulce de leche locally and don’t want to make it, Caramel Top-N-Fill works nearly as well! Sometimes cheaters do prosper!
So here’s how I made this batch.
Toast your nuts! I love macadamias but use whatever you like best. Set aside, and heat 1 (375ml) can of condensed milk (boiled into dulce de leche) in a plain old saucepan (doesn’t need to be a double-boiler) until it is nearly boiling, stirring constantly so it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat and add an equal weight of white chocolate (the melts will give a softer fudge, a Milky Bar will give a firmer fudge) in small pieces. Stir until combined. Add in nuts, if you are using, and turned into a square cake-pan lined with baking paper. Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with salt flakes. Cut into small squares with a sharp knife when cooled and set (overnight is best, but you can pop this into the freezer if you want to).