Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chocolate Fudge (With Walnuts and Raisins)

At the office, lunchtime discussions usually revolve around sports, movies and at times, current affairs. One such discussion revolved around what is the best invention in the history of mankind. We had a good time debating how inventions like electricity, telephone or even the atom bomb scored over one another when a colleague known for her wisecracks said “ it doesn’t matter who invented electricity, telephone etc, I guess the world’s best inventions are Kit-kat, Ferrero Rocher’s & Mars”. Her answer more or less closed the discussion with most of us agreeing that life is incomplete without chocolate.

There is there nothing that is not written about chocolate already, so I think I’ll leave my gyaan baazi (unnecessary knowledge sharing) for later.  What is interesting to note is that despite its versatility, chocolate is one of the most difficult ingredients to work with. In fact, you cannot work with chocolate, you need to gently seduce it to working with you. It can be done though, all it needs is a little bit of patience and confidence.

Today’s, dish then is the outcome of our  families slight cravings for something sweet after a wholesome meal. It is especially for those times when you want just little sweet to round off on your palate and not  load yourself with calories  by having an ice cream or pastry. What better than the goodness of dates and raisins and of course, add in some chocolate and you have a desert ready. Not too filling, yet nice enough to satisfy those cravings and importantly gets done in a jiffy.

Go ahead and try these babies, chocolate indulgence at its best!

Chocolate Fudge (With Walnuts and Raisins)
  •          200 grams dark chocolate (chopped into fine pieces)
  •          100 ml of condensed milk
  •          50 grams walnuts (roughly chopped)
  •          50 grams raisins
  •          A small blob of unsalted butter

  •       Line a cake tin or a flat based  box with butter paper and keep aside. 
  •     In a double boiler, place the chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt. Allow the chocolate to melt and combine well with the other ingredients.
  •     Once the chocolate and the other ingredients have combined well, add the walnuts and raisins give it a nice mix
  •      Pour the mixture into the cake tin and smoothen with the back of a flat spoon
      ·  Refrigerate for a few hours and cut into squares and serve.

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