This is a most unusual recipe for me to share. You see, I do not much like fudge; Microwave Vanilla Fudge or any other kind really.
I find fudge sickly sweet. Fudge falls into the food category I like to call Absolutely Avoid. It sits alongside many other things that pull at my throat and tug my face into a grimace. Things like milkshakes, candy floss and sour anythings. I simply do not agree that food should be powerful enough to make your face twist beyond which you are able to control it.
I got to thinking about fudge this last week having received a request letter from Pretty Girl’s gymnastics club for donations for an upcoming event to be held at their club. Like anything on home turf this event provides an opportunity to raise much needed funds for gymnastic equipment. Equipment which as you might guess does not come cheap.
This simple request for brownies or cupcakes or fudge to sell on the day took me back to my own school days when Fund Raising still meant cake sales at big break or buying tombola tickets next to the White Elephant Stall at the school fete.
Do you remember those? Fun filled crazy hey days when school fund raising could rely on second hand book stalls and pop-balloons-with-darts walls to buy a new overhead projector for Mrs. So and So’s class. And you went along to the fete and spent a full R5 because the promise of having a day when Mrs. So and So did not squeak a new piece of chalk down the board so loudly that it sent shivers down your spine was too good a cause not to support.
Well, yeah, so those days are gone. This week alone I received notification of five different fund raising events (that will happen when your children are in different school phases and also take part in non-school type events). R 800 from fete stalls are just not gonna cut it anymore. We need up-sized Fund Raising in 2015. And for that parents, you will need nerves of steel.
Basically, I will now be selling fudge so that I can raise funds to give to all the Raising Funds people who are sending me emails needing to raise funds.
In case you find yourself in the same boat, here is the recipe – mind your fingers.
- 1 x 385 g can condensed milk
- 500 g caster sugar
- 250 g butter
- 5 ml (1 t) vinegar
- 5 ml (1 t) vanilla extract / essence
- Place the condensed milk, sugar and butter in a large and microwavable bowl. Do not stir or mix.
- Microwave on high (100 % power) for 2 minutes.
- Stir until all of the ingredients are well mixed using a wooden spoon.
- Microwave on high (100 % power), stopping to stir the mixture at regular 2 minutes intervals, for about 12 minutes in total or until the fudge colour changes from pale to golden brown.
- Take care during this process as the fudge will bubble and both the bowl and the mixture will be extremely hot.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and place on a heat resistant surface.
- Stir in the vinegar and vanilla. Take care as the fudge will bubble up when the liquid is added.
- Pour the fudge immediately into a dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes until firm enough to cut but not yet set.
- Portion the fudge into even sized squares.
- Leave to cool and set completely.