Baileys and fudge, mixed together and set with a hazelnut topping.
This is a very special treat and one that I can’t wait to share, both on the blog and with my nearest and dearest.
This is my last post before Christmas and I thought I’d use a recipe that might come in handy over the festive period. This fudge is perfect for sharing and will certainly impress all your guests.
The origins of this recipe come from Lily Vanilli, a baker in London, who has recently been baking up a storm in the kitchen using the fabulous Baileys liqueur. The wonderful people at Baileys got in touch with me last week and asked if I’d be interested in recreating one of Lily’s Baileys recipes. Of course I said yes, I couldn’t say no to Baileys at Christmas.
And so I set out to recreate Lilys Baileys fudge, with a few of my own additions along the way. I’ve never made fudge before and Lily’s recipe seemed so simple and straight forward that it was impossible for me to resist.
For the last week or so I have been super busy in the kitchen preparing jars of chutney, cranberry sauces, gingerbread’s and various other bits and pieces. These are to go in my hampers, which will hopefully be going out to family and friends in time for Christmas. I decided that it would be a lovely idea if my hampers could include the Baileys fudge.
Recreating the fudge recipe.
To give the fudge a little more structure and and a finish that was a little more hardy, I decided to add to Lily’s recipe with: 200g of melted chocolate and 100g of chopped hazelnuts. The idea was that the chocolate would help the fudge to set more firmly and the hazelnuts would decorate and protect the top.
The resulting product was a deliciously creamy fudge with the velvety taste of chocolate, the after-kick of decadent Baileys and the soft crunch of hazelnuts. I’ll warn you now this fudge is dangerous – I’ve eaten so much today.
And as if all of that wasn’t enough I decided to go one step further and add yet another element to this wondrous treat….
Yep, thats right, I dunked each square in melted chocolate and then let the whole thing set again in the fridge, before cutting into 2 or 3 pieces to reveal the layers of fudge, nuts and chocolate.- Incredibly good.
The addition of the extra layer mainly came about because I wasn’t convinced that the mixture on its own would carry well in my hampers. So I wanted to add an extra layer of stability (and indulgence). However, if you are serving straight out of the fridge to your guests, then the fudge is fabulous just as it is. It might be nice to do a mixture of chocolate-coated and non-chocolate-coated (as pictured above), if you did have time to dunk and set a few pieces.
So if you’re still stuck for a last minute gift or a dessert for over Christmas, then give this Baileys fudge a go. It can be made a day or two in advanced and keeps really well in the fridge.
**Estimated nutritional information per serving of fudge and per 100g of fudge. If you want to find out more about how the information is calculated and the sources used, please refer to my Nutrition Information Guide.
With great thanks to Baileys for the opportunity to use their products. This is not a paid post and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.