Monday, December 24, 2007

Seasalt Espresso Fudge

I swear that Stupid Easy Fudge I blogged a bit ago makes fudge making so easy...all you have to do is worry about the flavorings and you are good to go. None of that messy cooking and boiling, just quick zap in the trusty MO and you are done.

The Sea Salt Espresso is by far the biggest hit in my fudge repertoire so far. The recipe:

Sea salt Espresso Fudge

1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
8 oz bitter sweet chocolate (I used a 70% Valrhona Guana bittersweet)

8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
2 t vanilla (the real deal not the imitation coal tar stuff)

2t instant espresso or coffee
1/2 t sea salt plus additional 1/2 t for sprinkling.

Put the vanilla and instant espresso, stir lightly and let set 10 minutes to fully dissolve.

Put chips in microwave safe mixing bowl. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the chips. Microwave on high 2 minutes. Add vanilla and 1/2 t sea salt at end of heating cycle and stir until smooth.

Pour into foil lined 8X8 baking dish. Let cool on counter 1o minutes then lightly sprinkle the remaining sea salt on top and lightly press into the surface. Chill at least 2 hours in fridge before cutting into bite sized pieces. Note: you must serve within a day or so otherwise the salt will just melt into the surface of the fudge.

For this fudge do note I upped the chocolate content a bit as there was just enough extra liquid involved that it was too light and truffly in texture to hold its shape well when cut. I suppose you could substitute out all semi-sweet chocolate chips but you won't get the same sharp chocolate salt contrast.

Do not use table or kosher salt. Both are too metallic tasting, well you could if you like the taste of an old wet aluminium door screen. I have tried a few different sea salts and they do have different tastes. I have a nice Java natural sea salt that I have used in the past but it hard to get here. (Hint...Sara next time you go to Java get me another pack or two). What I used this time came from Surfas and it is the Murray Springs from Australia, light pink color and not as sweet as the Java but worked out well none the less.

There you go another variation of the Stupid Easy Fudge...btw the Bacon version was a run away hit as well at our holiday open house.

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