White Chocolate & Baileys Festive Fudge Recipe
Here’s an easy no-bake white chocolate fudge recipe that is rich and creamy but not overwhelmingly sweet. With green pistachios, dried red cranberries (Craisins) and a few drops of Baileys liqueur, it adds a festive touch to any table.
Almost nougat, but not quite. The alcohol component is extremely subtle and does more to impart creamy texture than flavour – so it’s safely enjoyed by even the most delicate palates.
With just a small handful of ingredients this is a very rewarding festive recipe because it takes almost no time and effort but people will love you for making it. Trust me, I’ve made this recipe at least eight times for parties and gatherings and it has always been a favourite among the sweet-loving crowd.
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However, since posting this recipes in December 2012 there have been some readers who didn’t have the desired result. If you scroll down to the comments below you’ll see what I mean. Readers Kerry, Maureen, Felicity and Susan all report “splitting” of the chocolate and condensed milk. Yes, this sounds like a terrible failure and makes me question whether the recipe should remain or not. However, I continue to make this recipe without any problem so I have to wonder out loud what it might be about the ingredients found in Australia that might make the recipe split.
Rather than delete the recipe completely, I’d rather solve the mystery! Since there are so few ingredients (we’re pretty sure the problem lies not with the Baileys… this should be easy to solve. So I’ve made it two more times, took some step-by-step photos and am inviting your feedback.
In my attempt to help readers avoid a mess, I’ve tried to create a failure with this recipe but couldn’t. I tried using different types of white chocolate, but each time the recipe worked fine. I’m posting links below to show exactly what I’m using:
I’ve made this Thermomix recipe using this type of chocolate, this type of chocolate, and this type of Callebaut white chocolate block. I’ve even mixed them up and used two types at once to try and make the recipe fail.
And I always use this brand of condensed milk.
I didn’t say this was a healthy recipe, but it is an easy treat that works (for me) every time without fail. I’d love to know what type of white chocolate and condensed milk you are you using, so we can tweak this recipe and make it successful for everyone. (Maybe it’s not the ingredients… maybe the splitting has more to do with the ambient temperature? When I make this in Canada it’s always winter and never more than about 21°c in the house.)
- 500 g. white chocolate (callets or in pieces)
- 200 g. sweetened condensed milk
- 50 g. Baileys liquor
- 60 g. unsalted pistachios, shelled
- 40 g. dried cranberries (Craisins)
- Put pistachio and cranberries into Thermomix and chop 2 second/speed 5. (Do not overprocess — aim for large chunks, not crumbs. )
- Use the TMX rice basket as a sieve: place the basket on a plate or bowl and tip the nuts and cranberries into the basket to sift larger chunks from the crumbs. Reserve both the large chunks and fine crumbs to one side. (No need to wash Thermomix for the next step, just swipe with a DRY cloth to remove any remaining nut crumbs.)
- Heat white chocolate and condensed milk for 6 minutes/50°/speed 2 to melt. Use a spatula to clear contents down from sides of bowl to blend and melt all.
- Add Baileys, nuts and cranberries. Mix 10 seconds/REVERSE/speed 2. Pour into a prepared bread tin or deep cookie tin — greased or lined with parchment. (Let the size of your pan determine the thickness of your fudge pieces.) Dust top with reserved nut dust (crumbs) and a sprinkling of dried cranberries. Chill until set (best to chill for a few hours) and cut into chunks. Should keep two weeks or more, if well hidden in fridge ;-)