Equipment needed:- double saucepan or a basin over a pan of water, a wooden spoon or spatula, a marble slab or laminated board, wire cooling trays, a dipping fork,spoon or skewer or fondue fork.
Chocolate-Amount you need,Cheerys-Amount you need.
Melting the Chocolate:
Over Hot Water-Prepare the chocolate by grating,breaking or cutting it into small pieces. Place in a double saucepan or in a basin in water. Heat the water, do not boil, until the chocolate just begins to melt. Remove from the heat and you will find the chocolate will continue to melt.
In a Microwave-Place the prepared chocolate into a microwaveable container. Use a low setting, such as defrost. As a guide, 100g/4oz of chocolate takes 4 minutes on a defrost setting. Stir at regular intervals.
Now for the fun bit!
Spear one of the cherries with your fork. Tip:- dry off any excess syrup first. dip into the chocolate and liberally coat in chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip backinto the basin. Place on a wire frame and allow to cool.
Dip the cherry and serve.
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 7-oz. jar Kraft Marshmallow crème
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tablespoon vanilla
Combine sugar, margarine and milk in heavy 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling bail, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow crème, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.
Microwave margarine in 4-quart microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted. Add sugar and milk; mix well. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until mixture begins to boil, stirring after 3 minutes. Mix well; scrape bowl. Continue microwaving on HIGH 5-1/2 minutes; stir after 3 minutes. Stir in chips until melted. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Cool at room temperature; cut into squares. Makes 3 pounds.
Note: Can be made in a smaller pan for thicker squares (yield will be reduced).This is a variation of Fantasy Fudge that is even better than the original. If you use vanilla extract in place of the liqueur, you have the Original Fantasy Fudge recipe.
Irish Crème Fudge:
3/4 cup of butter
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 7-ounce jar Kraft marshmallow crème
12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 bottle (airline size or nip) or 1 shot Irish Crème
2 cups walnuts or pecans - optional
2 8-inch square pans sprayed with non-stick spray.
In a heavy 3 quart sauce pan - I prefer an enameled cast iron -melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, turn down heat to a low boil and cook for 5 minutes.
Turn off heat and mix in marshmallow crème. Once that is incorporated, mix in the chocolate chips until mixture is an even chocolate color then add the Irish crème and nuts, mixing thoroughly.
Pour mixture into pans and cool thoroughly before cutting into squares and serving.
Prep: 45 minutes
Chill: 1-1/2 hours
Freeze: 10 minutes
10 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter, cut up
2 cups shredded coconut
Pink gel food coloring or red food coloring (optional)
6 oz. chocolate-flavored candy coating, cut up
1/4 cup white chocolate baking pieces
1 tsp. shortening
1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine semisweet chocolate, whipping cream, and butter. Microcook, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. If necessary, return chocolate mixture to microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds more; stir until smooth. Use to make Coconut Truffles, Triple Chocolate Truffles, or Square Truffles. Let truffles stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
PINK COCONUT TRUFFLES: After melting chocolate mixture, stir 2/3 cup coconut into the chocolate mixture. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours. Line two baking sheets with nonstick foil or lightly greased foil. Drop chocolate mixture from rounded teaspoons onto prepared sheets. Cover with waxed paper; freeze for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, tint remaining coconut, if desired, by combining coconut and 1 to 2 drops of gel pink food coloring or red food coloring; toss until coconut is tinted. Roll the chocolates between the palms of your hands into round balls, wetting hands if necessary. Roll the chocolate balls in remaining coconut; cover and refrigerate. Makes 35 truffles.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES: After melting chocolate mixture in Step 1, above, cover bowl and refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours. Line two baking sheets with nonstick foil or lightly greased foil. Drop chocolate mixture from rounded teaspoons onto prepared sheets. Cover with waxed paper; freeze for 10 minutes. In a small microwave-safe bowl microcook the chocolate-flavored candy coating on high for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. If necessary, return to microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds more; stir until smooth. Using a fork, quickly dip the chocolate balls, one at a time, into coating. Draw the fork across the rim of the bowl to remove excess coating. Return to baking sheet. Let stand about 30 minutes or until coating is set.
In another small bowl combine the white chocolate baking pieces and the shortening. Microcook on high for 30 seconds; stir until melted. If necessary, return to microwave and cook on high for 15 seconds more; stir until smooth. Drizzle over tops of chocolate-covered truffles. Let stand until set. Refrigerate truffles, tightly covered, up to 2 weeks. Makes 35 truffles.
SQUARE TRUFFLES: Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with nonstick foil or lightly greased foil, extending foil over edges of pan; set aside. Melt chocolate, whipping cream, and butter as in Step 1. Pour 3/4 cup chocolate mixture in prepared pan. Spread evenly. Sprinkle coconut evenly over chocolate layer. Pour remaining chocolate mixture over coconut; spread evenly. Freeze 1 to 48 hours. Use edges of foil to lift chocolate from pan. Cut chocolate into 36 squares. Place about 1/3 cup cocoa powder in a small bowl. Dredge truffles in cocoa powder. Refrigerate until 15 minutes before serving. Makes 35 truffles.
Hazelnut Truffles :
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 13-ounce jar (about 1-1/4 cups) chocolate-hazelnut spread
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur or vanilla
2/3 cup halved hazelnuts (filberts), toasted*
Finely or coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts)
Unsweetened cocoa powder
1.In a heavy medium saucepan combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and unsweetened chocolate. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. Remove saucepan from heat. Cool slightly. Stir in liqueur or vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl; cover and chill about 3 hours or until firm.
2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. For each truffle, form about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture around 1 toasted hazelnut half to make a 3/4-inch ball. Roll in chopped toasted nuts or cocoa powder.
3. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for several weeks or freezer up to 3 months. Makes 120 candies.
*To Toast Hazelnuts: Place nuts in a skillet. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring or shaking skillet often for 7 to 10 minutes or until skins begin to flake and nuts are light golden brown. Watch carefully to avoid overbrowning. Remove nuts from skillet and place on a clean kitchen towel. When hazelnuts are cool enough to handle, rub the nuts together in the towel, removing as much of the brown skin as possible.
JelliesYou may use canned or frozen fruits and juices, as well as fresh, to make jams and jellies with added pectin. Simply time the cooking process according to the package directions, and your jams and jellies should gel to the right consistency. To double check for doneness, use the "freezer test" or "spoon test" mentioned above. Adding pectin may cause the jam or jelly to foam. This is unattractive, but can still be eaten. You may want to "scrape" the foam off before pouring the jam or jelly into jars. Remember that old pectin may or may not gel. Use at your own risk! No need to search for recipes when you are going to use commercially prepared pectin. Recipes are include in the box.
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