Hot cross bun fudge
- March 2015
- Makes about 24 pieces
- Hands-on time 45 min, plus chilling
Hope and Greenwood’s fudge recipe is given an Easter twist with the addition of hot cross bun spices and fruits.
- 8.6g (5.2g saturated)
- 30.4g (30.4g sugars)
Per square (for 24)
- Sunflower oil to grease
- 500g caster sugar
- 300ml double cream
- 50g unsalted butter, chopped
- 100g candied citrus peel
- 100g currants
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- Finely grated zest ½ lemon
- Finely grated zest ½ orange
- 100g icing sugar, sifted
- Juice ½ orange
You will also need
- 23cm square baking tin
- Sugar thermometer (or digital probe thermometer)
- Piping bag (or disposable resealable plastic bag)
- Oil the tin with sunflower oil and line with baking paper to twice the tin height, then lightly oil the baking paper.
- Put the sugar, cream and butter in a heavy-based pan. Put the pan over a low heat for about 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar, gently giving it a very occasional stir with a wooden spoon.
- To check the sugar has completely dissolved, dip the spoon into the mixture – when you take it out, there should be no sugar crystals on the back of it.
- At this stage the mixture will naturally be coming to the boil and starting to bubble. Pop a sugar thermometer into the pan (or carefully lower a digital thermometer into the mixture every few minutes without touching the bottom of the pan), then bubble the mixture slowly and steadily for 25 minutes, still on a low heat. The mixture will be extremely hot, so don’t be tempted to taste it.
- Once the thermometer reads 118°C (when the mixture reaches what’s known as the firm ball stage) take the pan off the heat and add all the remaining ingredients and a pinch of salt. Using a wooden spoon, beat for about 15 minutes (see food team’s tip) until the mixture thickens and pulls away from the pan. It will look like fruit cake mixture.
- Pour the mix into the tin, level off with a palette knife (H), then chill in the fridge for about an hour until set.
- Lift the fudge out of the tin using the paper, then cut into small squares.
- To decorate, mix the icing sugar with the orange juice. Put the mixture in a piping bag and attach a flat nozzle (or snip the end off a disposable piping bag). Pipe on the icing crosses, going diagonally from corner to corner.
15 minutes is a long time to beat something by hand, but don’t be tempted to cheat and use an electric mixer as all the fruit will get mushed up and caught between the whisks. Think of it as an excuse to burn off some calories before you eat the lovely fudge.
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