Once you have made this microwave variation on the classic Russian Fudge recipe you may never go back – so quick and delicious!
I have heard of this recipe floating around for many many years and had lots of lovely followers email it to me when I have asked for recipes to try. I have always worried when making russian fudge as I thought that I would need to use a thermometer or figure out this soft ball stage thing. PLUS we have always had gas hobs so I have found that keeping the temp right on these compared to the recipes never quite worked out.
So all this has changed with this microwave version. The original recipe called for 10 minutes of cooking time, I found mine was done at closer to 8 as I have a super powerful microwave. You check it every 2 minutes so really easy to keep an eye on how it is coming along.
The hardest part of this was the 5 minutes beating! I used a strong wooden spoon but it is an arm workout for sure! I do know some people simply pop it in their food mixer so you can use this option too with a strong paddle. You want to beat it until it begins to lose its shine and becomes thickened.
This recipe makes enough for a loaf tin sized batch. It is nice to have fudge thick so I would recommend using one of those, or like I did and simply using half a square cake tin and folding up the baking paper to form a fake side (I used a tin to hold up the side – classy as!)
The result is a lovely smooth rich classic russian fudge. I was so pleased with the result, we cut it quite small after I took the photos as a little goes a long way!
I look forward to hearing how you get on.
Onto the recipe!
- 1 Cup White Sugar
- 100g Butter
- ¼ Cup Golden Syrup
- 400g Tin Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- Prepare a loaf tin (or half a square cake tin) with baking paper, tip is to lightly spray tin with oil or water so paper sticks, and set aside.
- In a large microwave proof bowl add the sugar, butter, golden syrup and condensed milk
- Pop this bowl in the microwave uncovered for 10 minutes, checking every 2 minutes and stirring.
- The bowl will get hot so take care. The mixture will begin to boil and look split at times, its ok!
- At around 8 minutes you can check for the soft ball stage, simply dribble a small amount of mixture into a cold cup of water - if it immediately forms a soft ball it is ready.
- If not cook for remaining two minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool on the bench for 2 minutes, then add the vanilla and beat with a strong wooden spoon for 5 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken and change colour. (A good arm workout!)
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread to smooth
- Chill for at least an hour until it is firm. Slice and store in the fridge until serving.
So it is as easy as that! Such a delicious simple recipe, perfect for class parties, gifts or food stalls!
If you love this fudge check out my Caramel & White Chocolate Microwave Fudge!
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