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Tea Fudge – Two Ways

I very nearly missed this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop announcement on Twitter. I’ve been fairly preoccupied with our house building plans of late so tweeting and blogging had to take the back seat a bit this month. Nevertheless, I enjoy the blog hop very much (hosted by by Delicieux, The Hungry Australian, Dining With a Stud, The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and 84th & 3rd) so I didn’t need my arm twisted to put off tile selection to make a couple of treats this weekend.

Tea Fudge Two Ways

This month’s theme is ‘What’s Your Cup of Tea’. I immediately thought of using Japanese green tea (matcha) and baking but soon, other ideas came to mind. I hadn’t made candies for some time even though my darling hubby bought me a fabulous little copper based pot for Christmas last year. I’ve used it so far for making salted caramel (see my Salted Caramel Hot Cross Buns) and other toffees for cooking but not for something like fudge.

Fudge is something else. In theory it should be easy to make but as I recounted in this post (For Fudge’s Sake!) a lot of things can wrong with fudge, particularly if you don’t keep on top of the crystallisation. There’s also a slew of recipes with each one differing in some minute way but causing the end result to be entirely different from another recipe. You can use marshmallow, marshmallow creme, condensed milk, evaporated milk, butter, or no butter.

Tea Fudge Two Ways

So why did I decide to make fudge other than to try out my copper pot? Well it’s so darn delicious! Plus, I had some fun flavours in mind. My first fudge is more like a Scottish tablet in texture and scented with black tea and lemon. It’s based on a recipe from my favourite candy book Who Wants Candy? and I’ve called it Lemon Tea Fudge. The tea is very obvious in this fudge and the lemon zest really makes it feel like you’re having a lemon tea in crumbly, sugary form. I also liked the subtle milky flavour that finished off the tea experience.

Tea Fudge Two Ways

My second fudge is a Dark Chocolate Early Grey Fudge. This flavour combo isn’t so unsual and crops up in recipes here and there but it certainly should be tried more often! Never mind dark chocolate with a hint of chilli or orange. Earl grey and dark chocolate is a beautiful marriage indeed. This fudge is a softer kind, based on a Not Quite Nigella original recipe.

So there you have it. I avoided using the oven for a change and discovered that my lovely little copper pot heats up sugar beautifully! Thanks for another fun blog hop!

Lemon Tea Fudge
(adpated recipe from Who Wants Candy by Jane Sharrock)

1 cup + 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
85 ml of ‘half-and-half’ (half milk, half cream)
2 tsp butter
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp of boiling water with black tea bag steeped for 5 minutes
pinch of cream of tartar

To make: Place sugar, half-and-half, butter, 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest, lemon juice and tea water and cream of tartar into a good, heavy based saucepan and cook on medium/high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Cover with lid and cook for a couple of minutes to prevent crystals forming (I find this much more easy and successful to do than brushing sides down with wet brush). Remove lid and cook on lower heat until candy thermometer reads 238F (soft ball stage). Remove from heat and allow to cool for 45 minutes to an hour. Beat fudge by hand until it thickens and loses gloss. Transfer fudge to a small, lined pan, sprinkle with remaining lemon zest and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Dark Chocolate Early Grey Fudge

75ml cream
25g of butter
1 cup of granulated sugar
100g of white marshmallows
125g dark chocolate (recommend 60/70%)
3 tablespoon of boiled water with Earl Grey tea bag steeped in it for 5 minutes

To make: Line a small loaf tin with baking paper. In a large heavy based saucepan on low heat, dissolve sugar with cream and butter. Clip the sugar thermometer to the pan. Increase heat to just below medium and add tea water. Wait until the mixture reaches 238F/118°C (soft ball stage). Once temperature is reached, immediately stir in chocolate and marshmallows. Stir with wooden spoon to smooth out mixture and add small amount of Earl Grey tea leaves if desired. Immediately place in prepared tin and allow to cool. Cut into slices when cooled.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    May 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Mmmm. Fudge. Mmmm. Tea Fudge. YUM!!

    • Monica

      May 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks :) And of course, being tea fudge, it’s totally good for you… :D

  2. Nic@diningwithastud

    May 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Gorgeous recipe :) I could eat fudge for days!

    • Monica

      May 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks! Fudge… and so easy to eat too :)

  3. Lizzy (Good Things)

    May 23, 2012 at 4:12 am

    How yummy… I must bookmark this page and make some for my (grown up) son! He loves fudge.

    • Monica

      May 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks! I think the dark choc earl grey will appeal greatly. Lemon tea is definitely for tea fans :D

  4. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    May 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I have so many fond memories of eating fudge made by my Grandmother growing up. I love your addition of tea, especially Earl Grey. Yum!

    • Monica

      May 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you :) I’m liking the dark chocolate/earl grey combo so looking forward to trying it out again some time.

  5. JJ @ 84thand3rd

    May 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Fantastic! I never would have even considered fudge – love the flavour combos :)

    • Monica

      May 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Thanks JJ :) I like interestingly flavoured fudge and this seemed like a good chance to try :)

  6. Yummy! Do you need a sugar thermometer for the Earl grey fudge? They both sound delicious but I’m drawn by the Earl grey I just don’t have the thermometer.

    • Monica

      May 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for stopping in :) You don’t have to have a sugar thermometer but you will need some experience with sugar stages. 238C is called the soft ball stage where if you put a small amount of the cooked sugar of that temp in water, it will be reasonably solid but still soft enough to mould. If you go much higher, it will go to the hard ball stage which is more like your crunchy, boiled sweet type candy. Too much lower and you’ll end up with something more like a fudge sauce. If you’re not in a rush, I’d go and get a basic sugar thermometer which you can generally get for under $10. Otherwise you can try and adapt less temperature dependent fudge recipes to the dark choc/earl grey combo. Those that involve sweetened condense milk don’t need to be cooked for long I think, or try a microwave fudge :)

  7. Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy

    May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I love fudge but have never attempted to make it. Thanks for the tips.

    • Monica

      May 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks for visiting :) I love fudge too. There are soooo many recipes and I’m still trying to find the absolute perfect one :)

  8. Ooo looks good. Now I know what ‘half and half’s is. I didn’t know before.

    • Monica

      May 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks! I think Americans use it for coffee more instead of just milk. The powdered milk stuff came out of the milk/cream combo :|

  9. sugarplum

    May 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Monica, your fudge looks too delish for words. Is there any substitute for half n half? Don’t think it’s sold where I am.

    • Monica

      May 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much :) I think it’s fine to make your own half-and-half by literally using a mixture of half milk and half cream. It worked for me :)

  10. Erin @ she cooks, she gardens

    May 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am drooling so much looking at this recipe, I need to try it. My previous attempt was a delicious disaster, I used the condense milk method but I don’t think I got it hot enough. Might be time to invest in a candy thermometer and give it another go.

    • Monica

      May 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Please do! :) Fudge is really tricky so I do recommend a candy thermometer. If it doesn’t get to the right temperature you end up with a crystallised lump, albeit still tasty :D

  11. Michelle

    May 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness! I am from Scotland and I just started salivating seeing your tablet! I’m definitely going to have to try it one day!

    • Monica

      May 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Oh great! :)) I don’t get to eat tablet so much so finding a fudge recipe that emulated that crumbly texture was a bonus. Thanks for visiting :)

  12. Donna

    September 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Delicious recipes! I just finished making the Lemon Tea variation and unfortunately my candy thermometer’s failed me and I have a very yummy lump of soft caramel cooling in a square pan – I can definitely taste the milk, tea and lemon though and will try it again when I invest in a new thermometer. Very easy to make (just time-consuming), can’t wait to get it right next time :)

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