There are a few essential steps when making a true fudge. Firstly, you must stir constantly until the mixture reaches 100C. Thermal cookers are, of course, very good at constant stirring. Unfortunately most of them don’t cope with the rest of the steps needed to make a luscious fudge. Once the fudge has reached boiling point, you should continue to heat it until it reaches 114-118C but without stirring this time. Most of the thermal cookers can’t reach that temperature, and they can’t heat without stirring.
So all this leads us neatly (if somewhat obviously) to the happy conclusion that the HotMixPRO makes brilliant fudge. The machine can heat to a precise temperature (114C for my fudge) , and can then continue to cook without stirring. The final step in fudge-making is to beat the fudge vigorously – Speed 4 on the machine did the job nicely.
Vanilla Fudge in the HotMixPRO
- 450g white sugar
- 300g pouring cream
- 60g butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1. Place all ingredients in the jug.
2. Close the lid and leave the measuring cup IN. Cook on Speed 1 and 100C temp (WAIT function)*. It took about 15 minutes to reach the right temperature.
3. When the machine reaches 100C, take the measuring cup OUT. Set the machine to cook on Sp 0, 114C (WAIT function). Using speed 0 (ie the blades do not turn at all) inhibits crystallisation at this stage. If the fudge was stirred at this point, it would be grainy and gritty.
4. When the machine reaches 114C (after about 25 min) take the lid off and carefully remove the jug from the machine.
5. Leave the mixture to cool for at least 20 min.
Then mix it on Sp4 for 30 seconds. If it’s not ready after this time, continue to blend in 15 second bursts until you have the right consistency. You need to see a change in the texture of the fudge. It should change from smooth and glossy to dull and thick.
6. Pour it into a tin and leave it to set. I used a loaf tin and lined it with greased alfoil to make it easier to remove. When it’s cool, cut it into squares.
*WAIT function – the machine will automatically turn off when the correct temp is reached, you don’t need to set a time
As stated above, true fudge won’t work in other thermal cookers, but I’ll put up a recipe for a cheat’s fudge later.