This cherry brandy chocolate fudge is just perfect as an after-dinner petit four and makes the cutest festive gift!
The cherries soaked in brandy add an extra special flavour for Christmas, but if you prefer rum and raisin, double chocolate or clementine zest this recipe is really easy to adapt, so be creative!
This fudge is:
- super easy to make; and
- tastes of Christmas!
What festive treats will you be making?
- 50g pecans
- 60g dates
- 2 tbsp (heaped) raw cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp dessicated or flaked coconut
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 100g fresh cherries or 50g dried sour cherries
- 25ml brandy
- At least two days in advance (the longer the better!): If using fresh cherries, remove the stones, slice into quarters and place in a jar with a firm lid. Dried cherries can be put straight in the jar. Add the brandy, seal and leave somewhere away from direct sunlight.
- Remove the stones from the dates and combine these with the remaining ingredients (bar the cherries) in a food processor until you have a smooth consistency. You may need to pulse a few times for the fudge to come together in clumps.
- Remove the cherries from the brandy with a small spoon, ensuring as much brandy as possible stays in the jar – you don’t want the fudge to be too wet (and you can reuse the bandy for another batch). Add the cherries to the fudge mixture and process again until combined.
- Place the fudge in between two sheets of clingfilm and roll out to a 0.5cm thickness. Wrap the edges of clingfilm around to seal it and put in the freezer for an hour or so to firm up. Alternatively, you could use a silicone ice cube tray, or roll the fudge into balls.
- Remove from the freezer and cut into 1 cm cubes. This fudge is really rich, so a little goes a long way! Store in an airtight container, in the fridge.
This fudge has a sticky consistency so you might want to add a coating, such as cacao powder, coconut flakes or chia seeds (but I love it just as it is!).
For other edible gift ideas, how about these Festive Spiced Nuts or these Gingerbread Stars.