Mince pie fudge is surely the ultimate homemade edible Christmas gift?! Perfectly soft and chewy, this flavoured fudge is a simple to make and give to friends and family. Make a batch and cut into small squares, which you can wrap carefully in white greaseproof paper, twisting both ends to make sweeties. The mince pie flavours come from the mixed dried fruits, which dot the fudge with a pretty effect. This recipe makes 36 pieces, so that’s a few stocking fillers you’ve got sorted! At just £2 to make a batch, it’s great value too!
- 450g granulated sugar
- 85g butter
- 150ml milk
- 170g evaporated milk
- 150g mixed dried fruits
- few drops of vanilla extract
- a little vegetable oil
Tip the sugar, butter, milk and evaporated milk into a heavy-based pan and heat gently, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring the mixture to the boil, without stirring, and continue boiling until a temperature of 114C is reached on a sugar thermometer. If you don’t have one, you can test if the fudge is at this temperature by spooning a small amount of syrup into some iced water – it should form a soft ball.
As the temperature rises, stir the fudge occasionally (be careful as the mixture will be very hot), so that the sugar doesn’t stick and burn. Remove the pan from the heat, add the mixed dried fruits and vanilla extract, and beat the mix with a wooden spoon until thickened.
Pour the fudge mixture into an 18cm shallow square tin brushed with a little vegetable oil. Leave for about 10-15 mins or until almost set. It will set quicker in the fridge.
Using a sharp knife, mark the fudge into 36 squares and leave to cool. Wrap in individually greaseproof paper for gifting.