Vegan Fudge

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Our quest to veganize Christmas treats continues, and boy, is it both fun and fruitful. Last year’s chocolate truffles (with black beans hiding in the batter) got very popular (among you just as much as among ourselves) and now we’ve moved on to the queen of all things sweet and creamy: fudge. As the massive fans of oat cream as we’ve become, we thought we simply had to give oat cream based fudge a try. And can you believe that it worked so freaking well? We couldn’t, but after one too many sample pieces, it started to… sink in, so to speak.

Fudge is one of the most fun treats to make around Christmas, as 1. it makes the best edible gift and 2. flavorings are endless. Now, we’re quite loyal to the “plain” (really nothing plain about it though) version the base recipe below yields, but other options that rank high around here include chocolate, peppermint chocolate and hazelnuts. We’ve included a list of suggestions in the recipe, so it really is up to each and every one to find their favorite. Alrighty, go make!

Makes 20×10 cm form
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min + cooling time

Ingredients

Base Recipe

3 dl oat cream
3 dl sugar
1 dl baking syrup (ljus sirap here in Sweden)
scant 1/4 tsp salt

Optional flavor mix-ins

Chocolate – 100 g chocolate
Peppermint chocolate – 100 g chocolate + 1 tsp peppermint extract 
Vanilla – 1 tsp vanilla extract
Licorice – 2 tbsp licorice powder
Roasted Nuts – 1 dl roasted and chopped hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

Note: This recipe is based on using oat based cream. Other plant based creams, as well as standard cream, should work as well, however it hasn’t been tested.

Instructions

  1. Combine the oat cream, sugar, and baking syrup in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer without stirring. Watch the pot so it doesn’t boil over.
  2. Simmer until the temperature reaches 119°C, stirring occasionally. It typically takes between 1 hr to 1 hr 30 min to reach temperature.
  3. Take off the heat and let cool for 10 minutes without touching. Then, add in the salt and any other flavorings. Stir vigorously for 7 min. The fudge mixture should start to just turn slightly matte towards the end. If you are using any mix-ins, the fudge may start turn matte quicker and you won’t need stir for the whole 7 minutes.
  4. Pour the fudge into a parchment lined baking form or tin and let cool completely at room temperature (approx. 3 to 4 hours) and then cut into squares. Can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature until ready to eat.

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