Why is my fudge too hard!

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Why is my fudge too hard!

Post: #273314 Poochy Pie
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:49 pm

Hi

I thought i would have a go at making fudge and followed the recipe as provided by carnation milk using the condensed milk. I have followed the recipe exactly on two occasions and both times the fudge has come out like a brick! Some recipes have said that it shouldn't be beaten at the end if it contains condensed milk but their recipe does state that it needs beating until it starts to set - is this causing it to go too hard? I also used a sugar thermometer to ensure i got to the correct temperature.

Any ideas?

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Re: Why is my fudge too hard!

Post: #273318 southeast-isher
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:44 pm

have you been using v1agra?

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Re: Why is my fudge too hard!

Post: #273322 The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:07 am

It might be that the temperature recommended in the recipe is too high - they do get things wrong, and the transition between soft and hard ball fudge is quite fine . You could try cutting it by 5°C and see what happens. If it doesn't set, at least you'll have a nice sauce for ice cream!

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Re: Why is my fudge too hard!

Post: #273323 boboff
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:08 am

Okay, I used to be a proper fudge packer.

The way you get round this is to use "fondant" sugar right at the end to seed the sugar particles in smaller particles to make the fudge softer.

All recipes are different, and generally the longer you boil, the higher the temp the harder the fudge, 1c can make a big difference.

If you have some "royal icing" chuck that in at the end, no heat, just stir it in as it cools ( you can use up to 10% of the hard stuff at the end as well as "rework" this will help cool it quicker and make it softer) or try not cooking it so long, add more fat in the form of butter, or even we used some HPKO which gives it a nicer smoother mouth feel. Clotted cream is obviously best!

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Re: Why is my fudge too hard!

Post: #273358 Poochy Pie
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:23 pm

Thanks Jon and Bob - i did try a different recipe that uses evaporated milk and on two occasions it has not set, but like you say Jon it makes a delicious sauce and original to eat fudge with a spoon! I will keep trying and using the advice above and i am sure i will get something that is the right consistency. Cornwall is full of fab fudge shops.............

Poochy


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