- 3 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 6 ounces semi–sweet baking chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Holiday Fudge with Salted Caramel Topping
Here's an easy-to-make fudge that looks (and tastes) gourmet! You won't need a candy thermometer, either!
20 minutes plus 2 hr refrigeration
Makes about 3 to 4 dozen squares (depending on how you cut them).
Prepare a 7x9-inch or 8x8-inch pan by coating it with butter; set aside.
In a saucepan, heat sugar and cream until hot. Stir in chocolate. Bring to a boil, then add butter, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and thickened, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until cool, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan; cover and place in the refrigerator to cool.
To make the caramel topping, combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes until mixture turns an amber color (do not stir). Remove from heat. Carefully whisk in the butter, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup heavy cream.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons cream and cornstarch. Add this to the sugar mixture in the saucepan and cook over low heat for one minute, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool for approximately 8 to 10 minutes. (Mixture will thicken as it cools).
Remove the fudge from the refrigerator, and spread the cooled caramel mixture over the top. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cover fudge with foil and return to refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight. Slice into 1/2-inch small squares before serving.
Fudge is something you can make a few days ahead of time. Just tightly wrap and store it in the refrigerator.
You can also make this fudge without the caramel topping. Instead, just sprinkle with sea salt or powdered sugar.
Hot Drinks for the Holidays
Given their impact, warm beverages are extraordinarily easy to prepare. And if you take a moment to add a few spices, you'll create drinks that are especially festive and delicious.
The dessert recipes we’ve chosen meet the requirements for holiday hospitality. They're festive, a bit extravagant (or so they seem), and extraordinarily delicious.