Fudge in the microwave? With Baileys? It’s a Christmas miracle!

It was with cautious scepticism that we approached this idea. Fudge, the internet claims, is not the precise art that recipe books will have you believe. No careful temperature control, no crystal-watching, no "soft ball" stage (no, us neither). “Throw out the thermometer!” the internet cries, and look to the microwave to cook up a Christmas treat.

 

It was all sounding a bit too good to be true, especially when we discovered that we could add Baileys. So we insisted on trying the method (and eating the results).

Step 1

You’ll need 400g condensed milk, 150g butter, 150g icing sugar, 250g brown sugar, 1.5 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp Baileys and a deep, microwave-safe bowl.

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ingredients

 

Step 2

Put the icing sugar, brown sugar, butter and condensed milk in a deep bowl (no need to stir).

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ingredients

 

Step 3

Microwave on high for 9 minutes in 3-minute intervals, stirring in between. Then stir in the Baileys and vanilla extract. It'll look something like this:

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fudge

 

Step 4

While it’s still hot, pour the mixture into a greased baking tray.

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fudge

 

Step 5

Spread the mixure out to the corners.

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fudge

 

Step 6

Put it in the fridge for at least two hours. Then cut into squares. 

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fudge

 

The verdict?

You can see that we went for the rustic look (OK, our squares could have been neater by leaving the fudge to soften at room temperature before cutting). Otherwise, we were pretty blooming pleased with ourselves. Super-sweet, appropriately chewy and just a hint of Baileys. It wasn't long before all these were demolished.