Vanilla fudge

Vanilla-scented home-made fudge - an irresistible treat and so very easy to prepare!
By James Martin
Vanilla fudge
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  • Serves: Makes about 36 pieces
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus cooling
  • Effort: easy



  • oil, for greasing
  • 300 ml milk
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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1. Grease an 18cm square cake tin.

2. Put the milk, sugar and butter in a heavy-based saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring all the time, until the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted.

3. Bring to the boil and boil for 15-20 minutes, stirring all the time.

4. When the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage (115°C on a sugar thermometer), remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

5. Beat the mixture with a spoon for a few minutes until it starts to thicken and the gloss disappears.

6. Pour into the prepared tin and leave to set at room temperature (do not put it in the fridge).

7. Once set, cut the fudge into small squares and store in a sealed container.

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