Nana’s Recipe Box
By: Meri Lippard
Are you sick of chocolate yet? Well I’m certainly not (and I don’t think that’s even possible). The recipe I want to share today is from my Nana’s recipe box, although my grandfather in fact made this recipe every Sunday when my father and aunt were young and Nana was at work. If you knew my grandfather—a man that can’t even use a microwave let alone a stove top—even he can make this recipe; indicating its simplicity to the at-home pastry extraordinaire. My grandfather, or Gaga, as us kids call him, is a top-notch certified chocoholic. He converted me as well as a young age. The following fudge recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, but with my additions to create a savory balance to the classic flavors of fudge, you will be making this any chance you get.
Chocolate Fudge (plain or with walnuts)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 squares bitter chocolate
- 1 cup of walnut meats (cut fine)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- sea salt (for on top sprinkle)
- roasted almonds (replacing walnuts)
- Put all ingredients into saucepan except nuts and vanilla.
- Stir until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolves.
- Boil without stirring until mixture forms a soft ball when a few drops are tried in cold water. Cool.
- Beat until creamy.
- Add vanilla and nuts.
- Pour into buttered pan. Cool.
- Cut into squares. –Enjoy
Your Own Homemade Candy . . . Or so I thought.
Batch 1: I combined the ingredients listed on the card into a pan and started stirring. I decided to make it at Gaga’s house, for help. He walked over to me at the stove and said “What are you doing!? . . . You didn’t add milk?” I added milk, the chocolate hardened.
Batch 2: This time I added 1 cup of milk. I cooked it for at least 30 minutes and no ball was forming. And Gaga said: “I don’t think this is the recipe I used.” (In my head: REALLY!!??)
Batch 3: My chocolate stash was depleted and I needed a quick fix to my fudge craving. I remembered my baker friend’s recipe for really easy fudge. So following her advice, I used 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 bag of dove dark chocolates, 6 baker’s chocolate squares, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. I put everything in a double-boil pan, heated the mixture until chocolate was melted, along with the other ingredients. I placed the mixture in a buttered pan and cooled it in the fridge for a few hours. (I sprinkled with sea salt for a balanced flavor).
Not the best fudge in the world, but it was pretty good.
Two hours later, I satisfied my craving. My suggestion: go to your local chocolate shop and eat their fudge. Next time I go into Nana’s recipe box I’m choosing an easier recipe. Hopefully next time I will have more luck.
I found a passion for food revisiting family recipes, including this family favorite! What’s your favorite family recipe? Share your story, discover family traditions and be a locavore historian within your grandmother’s recipe box (you will be surprised what you find)! Check out this ongoing blog series and find a recipe to create for yourself!
Meri Lippard, returning intern for edible South Shore, is a senior English major at Stonehill College. While aspiring for a career in food journalism, she enjoys cooking, eating and being a locavore. She resides in Duxbury, MA with her family and Great Dane, Rosie.