{Chocolate Fudge} – Ciocolata de casa

chocolate-fudge

Actually this is not the chocolate fudge you’re used to – in Romania, we call this homemade chocolate. It is made with powdered milk, cocoa powder and a sugar syrup and it has a dense texture that melts in your mouth bite after bite. It can be dark or white, it can be vanilla or rum, it can be simple or crunchy, it can be plain or colorful – it’s a dessert that Romanians love, it brings back childhood memories for most people. The only thing in common with chocolate however is the cocoa powder, the process of making it involving a hot sugar syrup and a quick mix with a spatula. Butter is used for more creaminess and flavorings can be anything from vanilla to chili.

In all fairness, I’m not a huge fan of this kind of fudge – the sweetness can be a little overwhelming – but everyone I know loves it so I find myself making it from time to time! It’s easy to make and incredibly versatile so there’s no problem to mix a batch once in a while, just to spoil my family with it!

Hazelnuts seemed like the perfect choice for this particular batch, although roasted walnuts sound just as good! Some dried fruits or even M&Ms or other candies would have surely made a great addition to this dessert! The sky is the limit!

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{Chocolate Fudge}
 
Author:
Ingredients:
  • 150ml water
  • 500g white sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 500g powdered milk
  • 100g dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g hazelnuts, rasted
Directions:
  1. Combine the water, sugar and butter in a large saucepa and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute then remove from heat and allow to cool down until just slightly warm.
  2. In the meantime, sift the milk, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. Pour the warm syrup over the dry ingredients. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a 25x25cm square pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Top with roasted hazelnuts and place in the fridge to set for a few hours.
  6. Cut into small bars to serve.
Notes
For the white version of this, replace the cocoa powder with powdered milk and add more vanilla to balance the taste out!

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Trebuie sa recunosc ca ciocolata de casa nu e un desert pe care sa-l iubesc prea tare. Da, sigur, se cheama ciocolata de casa, dar nu are nimic de-a face cu ciocolata adevarata! Cantitatea industriala de zahar nu e ceva care sa ma determine sa fac ciocolata de casa prea des. Si totusi, majoritatea oamenilor pe care ii stiu adora acest desert, le aminteste de copilarie, asa ca din cand in cand cad prada rugamintilor de a face ciocolata de casa.

Reteta in sine e extrem de simpla, lista de ingrediente e scurta, cu toate ca procesul tehnologic in sine e foarte versatil. Pe lnaga reteta de baza, intotdeauna veti mai gasi diverse alte ingrediente menite sa adauge gust si textura, de la alune de padure la nuci ori migdale  sau fructe uscate ori confiate sau bombonele colorate. Cerul este limita!

Reteta de fata provine de la o cursanta care ne-a marturisit ca o face foarte des pentru prieteni si familie, insa cuvintele ei m-au intrigat, suna intr-adevar delicios, motiv pentru care am luat reteta si astazi v-o dau si voua. Da, rezultatul final e gustos, texturat, foarte interesant si poate fi facut atat in varianta cu cacao, cat si in varianta fara. Mare atentie insa la ce lapte praf folositi – in niciun caz lapte praf pentru bebelusi caci gustul si proprietatile sunt cu totul altele!

chocolate fudge

5.0 from 2 reviews
Ciocolata de casa
 
Author:
Ingredients:
  • 150ml apa
  • 500g zahar alb granulat
  • 100g unt
  • 500g lapte praf
  • 100g cacao neagra
  • ½ lingurita sare
  • 1 lingurita extract de vanilie
  • 100g alune de padure, coapte si tocate mare
Directions:
  1. Combinati apa, zaharul si untul intr-un vas. Puneti pe foc mediu si dati in clocot. FIerbeti 1 minut apoi dati deoparte si lasati sa se racoreasca pana siropul ramane usor caldut.
  2. Intre timp, cerneti laptele praf cu cacaoa si sarea.
  3. Turnati siropul cald peste lapte praf. Adaugati vanilia si amstecati bine.
  4. Intindeti amestecul intr-o tava de 25x25cm si acoperiti cu alune de padure.
  5. Dati la rece cateva ore apoi taiati ciocolata in cuburi sau orice alta forma doriti.
Notes
Pentru varianta alba, scoateti cacaoa si inlocuiti-o cu lapte praf. Adaugati mai multa vanilie sau arome pentru a echilibra gustul!

 

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  1. Buna, Olguta! In primul rand, imi plac foarte mult creatiile tale, sunt minunate! In al doilea rand, am o intrebare: pentru varianta de ciocolata alba, cacaua trebuie inlocuita cu lapte praf sau cu “powdered sugar”, cum scrie in engleza?

  2. Buna. Am facut ciocolata dupa reteta asta. senzationala! Sugereaza-mi insa o adaptare a retetei astfel incat sa-mi rezulte o ciocolata mai sfaramicioasa ca si textura. \mai uscacioasa.
    Am observat ca – lasata la rece, fara a fi invelita se usuca si devine mai tare. Dat o vreau asa si la interior.

    • Nu am experimentat prea mult cu ciocolata de casa, dar siropul e cel care da textura finala, asa incat incearca sa-l fierbi mai mult ca sa devina mai vascos, mai gros, mai uscat, astfel incat sa obtii un amestec mai uscat din start.