From Sweet Things by Annie Rigg comes this perfect fall holiday recipe: Maple Pecan Fudge made with just a touch of bourbon. I can imagine serving this treat along with the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Or maybe as December treat while trimming the tree.
Suzen and I have not yet tested this recipe, but it comes from Annie Rigg, an author we trust. If you read her instructions below, you will see that she guides with grace and humor. Don’t turn your back on a boiling saucepan and don’t stir the fudge too soon, she says. Clearly, Annie has fudge experience by the poundful. The picture, taken from Sweet Things, tells you plenty about Sweet Things and about Annie. For Annie, food must be as beautiful to the eye as to the tongue. She succeeds with this recipe.
Never made fudge? Never been a chocolate fudge fan? Go get the maple syrup from your fridge and start a new and very sweet path in your culinary life.
Maple Pecan Fudge
Yield: 40 pieces
- Sunflower oil, for greasing
- ¾ cup superfine sugar
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons bourbon or Jack Daniels
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ounce unsalted butter
- 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
Grease the base and sides of the pan with sunflower oil and line with nonstick parchment paper, and half fill the sink with cold water.
Combine all the ingredients apart from the butter and pecans in a large (2 ½ quart) heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook gently over medium heat to dissolve the sugar, stirring frequently.
Pop the sugar thermometer into the pan, bring to a boil, and continue to steadily cook the syrup at a gentle boil until it reaches 237°F. You will need to stir the mixture frequently to prevent it catching on the bottom of the pan. (The syrup will take about 15 minutes to reach the correct temperature, but do not be tempted to walk away from the task in hand—the moment you turn your back to do something else, the syrup will go over the correct temperature and you’ll end up with toffee rather than fudge.)
Take the pan off the heat, remove the sugar thermometer, and plunge the bottom of the pan into the sink of cold water to stop the mixture from cooking any more. Add the butter, give the fudge a gentle stir, and scoop it into a large mixing bowl. Leave undisturbed to cool to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes, without being tempted to stir or taste the cooling fudge.
Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, beat the fudge for 3-4 minutes until the mixture thickens, starts to lose its shine, and begins to turn slightly grainy. Add three-quarters of the chopped pecans and spoon the fudge into the prepared pan spreading it into an even layer with an offset spatula. Scatter the remaining pecan over the top, pressing them into the fudge.
Leave to cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap and leave overnight before cutting into squares to serve.
Source: Sweet Things by Annie Rigg