Sunday, February 14, 2010

every good boy

Coffee-orange fudge

Coffee-orange fudge.

Not "chocolate fudge, with coffee and oranges."  Coffee-orange fudge:

Melt about two tablespoons of cocoa butter in a saucepan.  I honestly don't know if this is necessary -- you may be able to leave it out.

Add 2/3 cup milk, 1 travel mug of good strong coffee (20 oz or so?) (feel free to use more, or to use cold-brewed concentrate, or espresso), dash of salt, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1/2 cup molasses sugar (or brown sugar), and 1 candied bitter orange (finely chopped or pureed, or other source of strong orange flavor) and stir until dissolved.

Cook without stirring until it hits the fudge point -- the "soft-ball stage," when dropping a small amount of it into cold water forms a soft ball.  If you've made fudge before, you know what this looks like.  If you haven't, just keep an eye on it and keep checking it once it turns thick, or use a candy thermometer and look up what the soft-ball stage is (I don't have one, so I don't know).

Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter, let cool for a bit, and beat with a mixer until it's visibly creamy.  Pour into a buttered pan.

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