When was the last time someone gave you handmade sweets? We know what you’re thinking – you can’t remember, but that sure would be nice. We’re here to tell you that not only would this chocolate fudge make a more thoughtful gift than that store-bought box of chocolates, but also that it’s pretty darn easy to achieve. Go on – you’ll be so pleased with yourself when you’re done.
Mix it up
This recipe requires just a few simple steps. Firstly, throw your almonds into a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until they’re a mealy consistency. While the recipe says ‘until the nuts start to release their oils’, don’t expect any kind of liquid. If your almond meal feels a little moist, it’s time for the next step.
Secondly, melt one bar of Pana chocolate (the orange or the raw cacao) with one tablespoon of coconut oil. As detailed in breakfast in bed, while the recipe says you need a bain-marie to melt the chocolate and keep the recipe raw, you can cheat by setting a bowl over a saucepan of boiled water just off the heat. Fold the almond meal into the melted chocolate to combine, pat the mixture into a tin and put it in the fridge.
While you’re waiting for your fudge to set, it’s time to get crafting. The best part? All you need is a roll of baking paper. Any further detail is up to you. We cut our rectangles of paper 10cm long by 8cm wide, which was about right for our wrappers. For a little extra zhush we sourced some sparkly hearts for the front, but you could also play around with pens, stamps and patterned papers.
You’ve probably already got a ruler at hand, which is good, because you’re going to need it now. It’s been at least an hour, so fetch your fudge from the fridge. Mark guides to cut your fudge into pieces 4cm long by 2cm wide.
Place the pieces on top of your pre-prepared papers, roll them up and twist tie the ends. Put your wrapped chocolate fudge back into the fridge until you’re ready to give it away (or eat it yourself – we won’t judge).
Now that you've mastered chocolate fudge, why not try your hand at chocolate truffles?