Thursday, October 7, 2010

Week 2 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

Can you believe there are just over 10 weeks to go for Christmas! Huh??? What??? Where did the whole year go? Was I even there when it happened? It’s amazing how the whole year whizzes past and before you know it everyone is a little merrier, a little more anxious with anticipation, and in a frenzy to get things organized for the holiday. I’ve already started thinking about what treats I’m going to put on my goodie tray this year. I want to step it up a notch. Last year Christmas just sneaked up on us and I couldn’t make some of the stuff I wanted to. This year I resolve to be more prepared.

Having said that, it’s always nice to have a few treats that are absolutely heavenly and that can be whipped up in minutes! That’s right, you heard me! Just minutes! So for this week’s round up of “12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies” hosted by the lovely April of Abby Sweets, I decided to make some Chocolate Pistachio Fudge. The whole prep and cooking time worked out to about 15-20 minutes + freezing time. But I kid you not; this is THE most delicious fudge I’ve eaten. I love the way the little green speckles of pistachio ornament the luscious brown of the dark chocolate. Let me warn you, grab a piece while you can coz these will disappear.



Chocolate Pistachio Fudge
Recipe by: Nigella Lawson

350 gms. Dark Chocolate
1 can condensed milk (We get 400gms. cans here)
30 gms. butter plus a pinch of salt (I just used some regular salted butter and omitted the salt)
150 gms. pistachios, chopped

Put the chocolate, condensed milk and butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Stir and let it melt.

Add the chopped nuts to the melted chocolate mixture and stir to evenly distribute the nuts.

Pour this into a 23cm square foil tray. (I just used a cookie sheet lined with foil.)

Cool and refrigerate till set.

Cut into squares. (This fudge is really rich so I prefer keeping the squares on the smaller side.)

Once cut, you can stack these in the fridge or in the freezer if you intend keeping them a little longer. (Whenever I’ve made this recipe, mine have never made it to the freezer, so good luck with that ;) )

You can also wrap these up in pretty cellophane paper or bags and tie them up with some decorative ribbon and hand them out to guests at your party, or friends and family that visit during the season.

29 comments:

  1. I love the fact that this fudge recipe doesn't require a candy thermometer. It seems absolutely foolproof, which means even I can't go wrong. It sounds delicious (chocolate always is) and actually sounds very similar to Brazilian brigadeiro.

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  2. Delicious. I love chocolate fudge, and with pistachios it must be even more delicious

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  3. I never thought about pistachios in fudge - it sounds fantastic!

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  4. You can make this in the short amount of time?? That's great! I too would have never thought of pistachio's in fudge, but would sub another nut. It looks fantastic!

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  5. Gosh, how easy is that and it is DARK chocolate. It is on my to do list now. YUM!

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  6. I love pistachios! This is definitely a recipe I'll use!! Thanks for posting it!!

    ~Heidi

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  7. Oooh - fudge........

    Good thing I can't reach through the screen and grab a piece!

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  8. My son-in-law loves pistachios, so I'll have to make his some of this fudge! :)

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  9. Thanks guys, and yes, as unbelievable as it sounds, it really comes together really quick. Its the refrigeration and setting that takes the longest, but thats ok coz u can do loads of other stuff in the meanwhile.

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  10. I'm pretty sure almonds will work well and hazelnuts will be divine ... i think i'm gonna try another batch with hazelnuts! ;)

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  11. I'm always looking for fudge recipes that do not have marshmellow cream in them...seems like a lot do. AND I LOVE pistachios!! Sounds great!

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  12. condensed milk! wow, this sounds easy enough. :)

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  13. Yum! I LOVE fudge. My husband can't stand it. He doesn't like goodies that are too sweet. Pbbbttt to him. More fudge for me. Fun to add green nuts for the holidays.

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  14. What a lovely and yummy sounding fudge!

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  15. I made fudge too! I love that you used dark chocolate in this!

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  16. Yum! I love fudge and this is so easy. I know I once made something similar and yes it doesn't hang around long. I like your version with pistachios!

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  17. Thank you for the kind words folks ... it encourages me to do a lot more!!!
    :)

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  18. You had me at dark chocolate. A person who loves crochet patterns that are hard to figure out has to be able to make great fudge. It's just a requirement. I have this one on my list to try. Great blog.

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  19. Sounds awesome Trisha, and the recipe looks so easy!

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  20. Its really amazing that something this delicious can be whipped up so quickly!

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  21. I would have never thought to pair pistachios with chocolate but that looks so good! I look forward to trying this recipe.

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  22. I love fudge and yours looks so delicious! I love that it is easy and I love the idea of pistachios in fudge..yum:)

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  23. This sounds amazing! I love pistachios and of course I love fudge. :)

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  24. Hi, can I use Carob powder as a substitute for chocolate.

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    1. I've never used Carob powder before Sowmya, but I guess if you have successfully substituted it in other recipes it might work.

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