Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pistachio Chocolate Fudge




When Nags posted the recipe for Pistachio Chocolate Fudge, I could not wait to try it out... real quick, easy, chocolaty and filled with nuts. Just the way I love to eat chocolate, paired with its irresistible partner - nuts - pistachios in this case. My can of condensed milk was waiting to be opened since days and I had a whole packet of pistachios in my freezer. This is a Nigella, yes, Lawson(who else??) recipe.  Love watching her shows, drool over her don't- give- a -heck- about -the- calories desserts, her huge, airy and bright kitchen, her kitchen gadgets. And I bet, the way she manages to look so very beautiful in the kitchen makes the entire female population envious.

I remember watching her making this recipe in the marathon Christmas episodes aired the last couple of years during Christmas time. The fudge looked particularly good gift wrapped in small transparent pouches, replete with festive ribbons tied around them. But then, most of the things she puts together, seemingly carelessly, look so very gorgeous, wouldn't you agree??

The fudge was good to taste, but was a tad soft to the touch , beginning to get gooey out of the freezer. Do read the recipe below carefully to get fudge of perfect consistency.

 Here is how I made it

Recipe Courtesy Nags of Edible Garden, original recipe by Nigella Lawson. The only change I have made here is an increase in the quantity of nuts. You can find Nags recipe here. And watch Nigella make this here

 Ingredients(Half of original quantity)

70% cocoa chocolate buttons or chopped dark chocolate - 1 cup / 175gm
Sweetened condensed milk - 1/2 can / 200gm/ 3/4 Cup
Shelled, unsalted pistachios - 1/2 cup
Butter - 2 tbsp(I have used 1 tablespoon, should have used 2 tablespoons)
A pinch of salt if using unsalted butter
The procedure as described on Nigella's site
  1. Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a heavy-based pan on a low heat, and stir to melt.
  2. Put the nuts into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin, until broken up into both big and little pieces.
  3. Add the nuts to the melted chocolate and condensed milk and stir well to mix. (I have cooked for about 3-4 minutes, may be I should have cooked for a couple of minutes more, my fudge took really long to set in the fridge, plus some time in the freezer)
  4. Pour this mixture into a foil tray 23cm square, smoothing the top.(I have used a square tray, lined with aluminum foil)
  5. Let the fudge cool, and refrigerate until set. You can then cut it into small pieces approx. 3 x 2.25cm. 
  6. Once cut, it can be kept in the freezer - no need to thaw just eat straight away.
Please Note: Do not skimp on the butter(like I did) as it will help the fudge set well. And cook for about 5 minutes till it becomes a thick mass. Watch Nigella's video to get a better idea.

With Diwali approaching, definitely a great idea for gifting!!  















22 comments:

Akila said...

wow what a fantastic pista chocs.... love it... book marked dear...

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Regards,
Akila.

Sushma Mallya said...

Yummy fudge,even i would love to try it..

Padhu said...

Looks fabulous!! Sure to try this

Satya said...

OMG!! they r simple superb..

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Santosh Bangar said...

yummy pista choclate

Umm Mymoonah said...

So fudgy and delicious.

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so nuty and yummy fudge..

Jay said...

Irresistatble recipe...tooooo tempted to taste one now...

Tasty Appetite

Priya said...

Nutty fudge looks irresistible..

Rachana said...

Irresisitible fudge! Love it...

Nithu said...

Pistachio with chocolate is a great combo. Love it.

Nitha said...

Yummy fudge..

cookcurrynook said...

You bet Nags had me too with this recipe. And Nigella is well, lets just say, too good to be true! I love to watch her in her kitchen, making love to the food she's making. Don't you agree she does that? :)
This recipe Im sure, is a keeper, and Im dying to try it too. The only thing stopping me is my diet. Phbtt! I wish I can start cutting my cake and eating it too, sooner :)
Loved the 2nd pic in the post...absolute food porn! ;)

Ally said...

pass on a piece!!

Reshmi said...

i love to make fudge today...this iz soo much auspicious to me suma..

Deepthi said...

it luks delicious...:):):)

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Love Nags site too:-)
and dis is a delicious chocolaty indulgence...me love ...me love:-)

Vrinda said...

Just lovely..lov the look of it,so smooth n shiny..

Aparna S Mallya said...

The fudge looks beautiful, Suma.

Shubha said...

u can gift this fudge to me on diwali suma:)

Deepti said...

Yum yum yum! Superb presentation.

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Nachiketa said...

They were fabulous...... didn't have pista at home used almonds, walnuts, rum soaked raisins n some crushed biscuits....
a rocky road of sorts n it was awesome......

everyone loved it... especially the nieces n nephews n to forget siblings.......
the adults went easy as they're more calorie conscious......

thanks for the tip on the butter... wouldn't have put it if it wasn't for you :)

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
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