Chocolate and How to Make
A little bit about Chocolates
In 1655 the British force sent out by Oliver Cromwell captured the island of Jamaica, and so the vast cocoa plantations established there by the Spaniards fell into British hands.
By the following century, chocolate had established itself as a breakfast drink. There were also a few rather laborious recipes for making chocolate rolls by pounding the little beans into a powder, mixing them with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, along with the exotic flavor of either musk or ambergris.
It was the French who first produced elegant chocolate confectionery and by the mid 18th century it was being sold both in slabs and as little shaped dainties similar to the ones in the recipe listed below.
I hope you can follow the recipes and I have added a couple of links that you may want to check out to which will help you.
10 oz (275g) Plain Chocolate
4oz (100/125g) Marzipan
4oz (100/125g) Glace Cherries
2oz (50g) Glace Pineapple
2oz (50g) Crystallised Ginger
4oz (100/125g) Brazil nuts
4oz (100/125g) Fruit fondants
4oz (100/125g) Coconut ice
Preparation time - 1 1/2 hours
Setting time 30 minutes
Ingredients to Yield 2lb (900g)
How to Make the Best Homemade Chocolate and Fudge Gifts begin's here!
Break up the chocolate and place it in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water and set on a low heat.
Stir the chocolate often with a wooden spoon until it melts, and then remove the pan from the heat.
Meanwhile, roll out the marzipan and cut it into pieces large enough to completely cover and seal each of the cherries.
Cut the pineapple and coconut ice into cubes about 1/2 inch (1.5cm) square. Cut a strip off each piece of ginger to use for decorating the ginger chocolates.
Place some waxed paper on a cooling rack.
Using two skewers, one in each hand to lift the chocolates, dip the pieces of ginger, nuts, fondants and coconut ice in turn into the melted chocolate.
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Tap the skewers on the bowl edge to remove the excess chocolate.
Put a piece of ginger on each of the ginger chocolates and place all the sweets on the rack for 30 minutes to harden.
Dip the cherries coated in marzipan and the pineapple cubes into the chocolate and place them on the cooling rack so that the chocolate drips down the sides and evenly coats and seals them.
When quite cold, place the sweets in paper cases and arrange in a chocolate box.
If you prefer, you may coat some of the sweets in milk chocolate and some in plain.
Hey presto, fancy chocolates for all to enjoy!
Knowing how to make the Best Home Made Chocolate and Fudge Gifts can be very rewarding when you want to give your family and friends an alternative to traditional gifts!
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Chocolate and Nut Fudge
4oz (100/125g) unsalted butter
7 fluid ounces (200ml) milk
1 1/2 oz (40g) cocoa powder, sieved
1 1/2lb (700g) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2oz (50g) chopped walnuts
Preparation Time 30 Minutes
Cooling time 1 1/2 hours
Ingredients to Yield 2lb (900g)
How to Make the Best Homemade Chocolate and Fudge Gifts continues here!
Melt the butter in the ilk in a large saucepan over a low heat. Mix in the sieved cocoa and the sugar.
Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, bring to the boil and boil to 114C (238F). (See my other hub relating to Top Tips Making Home Made Sweets, Chocolate and Candy).
This video may help you with this part of the recipe
Remove the pan from the heat, and beat until the mixture thickens but still ha a gloss. Stir in the vanilla essence and the walnuts.
Pour the fudge into a greased 7in (18c) square tin and leave to cool for about 1 1/2 hours.
When it is nearly cold, mark it out in squares with a sharp knife, and when cold remove it from the tin and cut it into squares.
Arrange the fudge squares in paper sweet cases and add to an assortment of candies in a pretty box.
It is always handy to know how to make the Best Homemade Chocolate and Fudge Gifts as the provide an added special treat for all your family and friends!
A little about Fudge
It would seem that fudge, regarded as one of our most traditional sweets, is actually an import from America, ad a fairly recent one at that.
The earliest reference to it occurs in The Inlander, a now defunct Michigan magazine, which in 1896 carried an article on 'Fudges, kinds of chocolate bonbons'.
However, if we did not invent the confection, we may have supplied the word. In the 18th century, to fudge meant to contrive in a bungling manner; perhaps the first chocolate fudge was the result of an attempt to make a bonbon recipe go further by adding milk and butter.
Equally, 'Fadge', is an old word for a flat loaf or bannock, to which the uncut sweet bears a passing resemblance.
This fudge is a delight, and a wild success at children's parties!
2lb (900g) granulated sugar
8oz (225g) butter
1 large tin of evaporated milk
1/4 of the milk tin of cold water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
Preparation time 75 minutes (a bit longer than the last two recipes)
Setting time 3 hours
Ingredients to yield 2lb (900g)
This video gives you an overview on what to expect your recipe to look like at this stage
Rinse out a 7 pint (4 litre) pan with cold water. Put in the sugar, butter, milk, water and vanilla essence. Set the pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Stir the mixture occasionally, and brush the sides of the pan with warm water from time to time. This is to make sure that sugar crystals do not form and drop into the mixture.
When the sugar has been dissolved, bring the mixture to the boil, and boil rapidly until it reaches the soft-ball stage or 114C (238F).
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Take the pan off the heat and allow the fudge to cool for 3 minutes, then beat it rapidly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and feels rough.
Line an 8inch (20cm) tin with waxed paper. Pour in the fudge and, when it is beginning to set, mark in squares with a knife. Cut the fudge into squares when cold, and store it in an airtight tin.
A little about Family Fudge
This Fudge has been made for many years in the North Yorkshire Village of Kirk Hammeton, a place which has long been well known for it's home-made sweets.
Family Fudge is easy to prepare and it makes an ideal contribution for a fair as well as a unique gift for family and friends!
After all your hard work sit back and enjoy the thrill of seeing your lovely chocolates and fudge being eaten!
A lovely glass of bubbly goes hand in hand with either of these delicious recipes, I hope you enjoy testing them out, the children will absolutely love them.
© 2014 Trudy Cooper