Black Forest Fudge (the creamiest chocolatey fudge)
Once upon a time there was a master baker called Johannes. Johannes lived in the Black Forest where he gathered berries to make his famous Black Forest Gateau. One day he fell in love with a comely dairy maid called Helga. Their marriage produced this recipe for the creamiest chocolatey fudge, studded with rich sticky cherries.
|40g (1½oz)||unsalted butter, plus extra to grease|
|75g (3oz)||dark glacé cherries|
|500g (1lb 2oz)||golden caster sugar|
|275ml (10fl oz)||double cream|
|75g (3oz)||dark chocolate, grated|
|50g (2oz)||white chocolate, grated|
You will need a 17cm (6¾in) square tin and a sugar thermometer.
Generously butter (less than a turkey buttering, more than a slimmer’s sandwich) a 17cm (6¾in) square tin and line it with baking parchment. Cut 50g (2oz) of the sticky cherries in half, then quarter the remaining fruits.
Put the sugar, cream and butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pan (I use a deep 24cm (9½ in) diameter pan) with 3 tablespoons of water. Please heat gently for 5-10 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Thank you.
Pop a sugar thermometer in the pan and bring the liquid up to the boil. Boil until the thermometer reaches 113°C (235°F).
Take the pan off the heat and pour around a third of the mixture into a metal bowl. Add the dark chocolate to the remaining mixture in the pan and the white chocolate to the metal bowl. Stir each with separate spoons until they begin to thicken.
Now for the fun bit. Pour the dark chocolate into the square tin. Sprinkle over the quartered cherries. Spoon over the white chocolate, then drag a skewer through the mixture to create swirls all over.
Dot the halved cherries over the top, allow to cool, then chill overnight until set. Remove from the tin and cut into squares.
Takes about 30 minutes to make, plus cooling and overnight chilling.