Free from / gluten-free / Sweets / vegetarian

Boozy mincemeat fudge

mincemeatfudge4

It’s the final Christmas countdown!

If:

1. You keep wondering where December went

2. The thought of last-minute shopping with thousands of other panic-stricken shoppers makes you want to emigrate to a country where they don’t have Christmas

3. You want people to think that you’re awesome…

…then this fudge is for you. Well, technically for you to make and for others to enjoy, sorry.

Cook up a batch (sounds very Breaking Bad, hehe), go OTT with the wrapping (I’m thinking sparkly boxes, glossy tissue paper and outlandish bows. Maybe even some stickers) and wait for the coos of “homemade presents are just so thoughtful, thank you SO much”.

It works, trust me.

p.s. sorry I’ve been away a while – lots of recipes pending to make up for it…

mincemeatfudge2

This soft fudge flecked with spiced mincemeat and laced with orange and booze is Christmas in a mouthful. Just like a mince pie with rum butter. Without the pie-y bit.

Boozy* mincemeat fudge

Makes a 20cm x 20cm slab (about 64 pieces)

Ingredients:

– 397g tin condensed milk
– 150ml milk
– 115g unsalted butter
– 450g demerara sugar
– 3 tablespoons rum or brandy
– 150g good quality mincemeat**
– zest 1 unwaxed orange
– edible gold glitter, to decorate (optional)

* If you’re making for a U audience or if you’re just weird, feel free to skip the booze. If not, rum and brandy both work a treat.

** If you’re veggie or gluten-free, be sure to check the mincemeat ingredients for animal suet and wheat-derived products.

mincemeatfudge3

Method:

Line a 20cm x 20cm square dish with greaseproof paper.

In a large saucepan on a medium heat, heat the condensed milk, milk, butter and sugar, stirring regularly, until the sugar has melted.

Turn up the heat, add the rum or brandy and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously, until a small amount of mixture dropped into a glass of cold water forms a tiny ball of mixture that holds its form but is still squidgy (the ‘soft ball stage’ in geek speak). Tip: You must keep stirring otherwise the fudge will stick to the bottom of your pan and you will have burnt bitter fudge!

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and beat for about 10 minutes, until the caramel-y glossiness has gone and you have a thick, soft fudg-y (funny that) consistency. About half way through, add the mincemeat and orange zest. Tip: You can do all this by hand but I use the beater attachment of my food mixer on a medium-high speed for 10 minutes – much easier!

Scoop into your lined dish, squidge into the corners and pat down to even the surface, and leave to cool at room temperature until firm.

Sprinkle with edible gold glitter (if using) and cut into squares. Will keep in a sealed container at room temperature for several weeks.

mincemeatfudge1

Source: Recipe and photos by pip & little blue.

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “Boozy mincemeat fudge

  1. Just made this with some homemade mincemeat for christmas gifts – it’s amazing, thank you so much!! I know I’m going to have some very happy family, friends and co workers :)

    • Use a candy thermometer to ensure you boil up to 235 degrees. Air temperature and humidity will affect the boil time. I did some microwave caramel yesterday for example, and needed almost 10 more minutes of nuking to get to soft ball stage beyond what the recipe said – I would have had sundae sauce if I stopped then…. You can always test a little with cold water to ensure it’s right before you stop boiling. You might be able to re-heat what you have so long as the mincemeat doesn’t scorch

  2. Hi I tried making this last night, I woke up this morning and it’s not set, I could probably spread it on toast ☹ I’m so disappointed as it was for my Secret Santa party. Where did I go wrong? I followed the recipe step by step.

    • That exact same thing happened to me!! I even put it in the freezer! All I can think is that the Brandy stopped it setting, so I’m about to attempt a second batch minus the Brandy. It had better work as its for presents! xx

  3. I have just made a test batch of this fudge and am impatiently waiting for it to set! I don’t have a mixer so had to do it all by hand so fingers crossed it works ! x

  4. Pingback: Top 5 gluten-free Christmas gift recipes | pip & little blue

Pip & little blue would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment here:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s