Homemade Maple Fudge Recipe
Welcome to our food blog, where we bring you delightful recipes that are easy to make, perfect for canning, and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet cravings. In this edition, we are thrilled to share a cheerful and indulgent treat – Homemade Maple Fudge! This classic fudge recipe is infused with the rich flavors of pure maple syrup, providing a delectable twist to your taste buds. Let’s take a delicious journey through the history, ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and more.
A Brief History of Maple Fudge:
Fudge-making has a long and storied history, with roots dating back to the late 19th century. The exact origin of fudge is a subject of debate, but it is believed to have been created in the United States, likely through a culinary mishap that turned into a delightful confection. Maple fudge, in particular, gained popularity for its unique blend of sweetness and the use of natural maple syrup as a key ingredient, inspired by the maple trees abundant in North America.
Homemade Maple Fudge Recipe
- A heavy-bottomed saucepan
- A candy thermometer
- A wooden spoon or heat-resistant spatula
- A greased square baking dish
- Wax paper or parchment paper
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- ½ cup of whole milk
- ½ cup of unsalted butter
- ¾ cup of pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- Step 1: Prepare the Pan: Grease the square baking dish with a little butter and line it with wax paper or parchment paper, ensuring the paper hangs over the edges for easy removal of the fudge later.
- Step 2: Combine the Ingredients: In the heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix the granulated sugar, milk, unsalted butter, pure maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Place the pan on medium heat, stirring gently until the sugar dissolves and the butter melts.
- Step 3: Cook to Perfection: Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and let the mixture come to a gentle boil. Stir the mixture occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking. Cook until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, which is around 235°F to 240°F (112°C to 116°C).
- Step 4: Add Flavor and Set: Once the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow it to cool for a minute, and then add the pure vanilla extract. Using the wooden spoon or spatula, beat the mixture vigorously until it thickens and starts to lose its shine.
- Step 5: Pour and Cool: Pour the thickened maple fudge mixture into the prepared baking dish. Smooth the top with the back of the spoon or spatula. Let it cool at room temperature for about an hour before transferring it to the refrigerator. Allow it to chill for a few hours or until set.
- Step 6: Slice and Enjoy: Once the fudge has set, remove it from the baking dish using the overhanging paper. Slice it into bite-sized squares and relish each delicious piece.
If you’ve fallen in love with the magic of fudge-making, here are a few similar recipes you might want to explore:
– Classic Chocolate Fudge: Indulge in the timeless pleasure of smooth and creamy chocolate fudge, perfect for chocoholics.
– Peanut Butter Fudge: Satisfy your nutty cravings with this delightful peanut butter fudge that balances sweetness with a hint of saltiness.
– Salted Caramel Fudge: Experience the perfect blend of sweet and salty with this luxurious salted caramel fudge recipe.
We hope you enjoyed this delightful journey into the world of Homemade Maple Fudge! Try out this recipe and share the joy of this sweet treat with your loved ones. Remember to store the fudge in an airtight container or use canning techniques to preserve its freshness for longer. Join us again for more delectable recipes and culinary adventures. Happy fudge-making!
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