December 16, 2012 by

White Chocolate & Baileys Festive Fudge Recipe

Pistachio Fudge Recipe for ThermomixHere’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.

step by step fudge recipe photos

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.

Read this first!
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 chocolateand 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.)

 


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White Chocolate & Baileys Festive Fudge
This super straightforward Thermomix recipe seems to work best when done with North American ingredients… Please read notes below the recipe!

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Ingredients
  • 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)

Instructions
  1. Put pistachio and cranberries into Thermomix and chop 2 second/speed 5. (Do not overprocess — aim for large chunks, not crumbs. )
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ;-)

Notes
Your feedback tells me this recipe isn’t working well for some readers in Australia… We’re not sure why but it could be that the type (process or components) of condensed milk or white chocolate vary between continents. Please read additional notes above the recipe! If you have tried this recipe and and any feedback, please do comment below.

See 33 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

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    Mara 17 December 2012 at 3:05 am (PERMALINK)

    Wow Helene, it looks spectacular!

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    Madame Thermomix 17 December 2012 at 7:52 am (PERMALINK)

    Another fantastic recipe, Helene, and ridiculously easy, too! I’m still dieting so I won’t make it for myself, but it’s going on my list for our guests at the family Christmas get-together!!
    Here’s another Christmas treat recipe from one of my demonstrators; a gorgeous White Chocolate Rocky Road. So glad to read another of your creative Thermomix recipes, Helene!

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    Mara 17 December 2012 at 10:49 am (PERMALINK)

    Oh, oh… I just bought some dried cranberries… I have no will power at all!

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    Gina 17 December 2012 at 3:18 pm (PERMALINK)

    Bingo … now I now what I am going to take to the Book Club girls get-together on Friday night … thanks again for inspiring us Helene … I love your site!

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    anne-jules 20 December 2012 at 3:31 am (PERMALINK)

    ce sera ma buche de noël !!! merci

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 21 December 2012 at 5:50 pm (PERMALINK)

    … mon plaisir ;-)

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 21 December 2012 at 5:51 pm (PERMALINK)

    Yay Gina, sounds perfect for book club… not too sweet, so you can easily have more than one piece each ;-)

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    Maureen 30 August 2013 at 12:32 am (PERMALINK)

    Helene, I followed the recipe exactly, and it hasn’t worked out at all. The chocolate seemed to separate and I have a thick un-usable glug of white stuff and separate liquid. Any suggestions?

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 31 August 2013 at 1:42 am (PERMALINK)

    Oh no Maureen… I am SO sorry to hear of this! I can’t think of what would cause this (different type of chocolate? something strange about the condensed milk or the Baileys??)… but here’s what I would try: letting the ingredients all cool and then attempting to re-blend them again. Perhaps heating to 50 degrees or so, if needed to soften them and get them to blend? Separately, these are all pretty stable ingredients so it shouldn’t be a problem to ‘hold’ them and try to re-blend. Really hope this helps!

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    Susan 2 December 2013 at 2:29 am (PERMALINK)

    Do you think it could be frozen?

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    Susan 4 December 2013 at 12:17 am (PERMALINK)

    I just made it and it separated too! Ergh. Sadly a loss of lovely ingredients!

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 4 December 2013 at 11:02 pm (PERMALINK)

    Oh no! I am so sorry to hear of these two fails on this recipe. I have to tell you that I test each recipe at LEAST three times before even thinking of posting. I will be making this again next week for a party, so will take a closer look at it to see if I can figure out why it’s not working for you. Occasionally the difference in our climates or ingredients does play a role but I just can’t really see how this could be the case here — the ingredients are few and stable… maybe it’s the Baileys used… (I use true Baileys)? I’m very sorry for the mess and waste. I will work on it from here and let you know more after making it again!

    ps – about the freezing. It might freeze, but not too hard because of the alcohol. I never have room in my freezer so haven’t tried this yet either but will do so when I make it next.

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    felicity 6 December 2013 at 5:16 pm (PERMALINK)

    Mine just split too. I used melting chocolate??? I am nervous to try it again for waste of money and ingredients. Has anyone else made it and it actually worked? If it needs chocolate, not melting chocolate, can you please specify this in the recipe. Cheers.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 8 December 2013 at 11:43 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi Felicity and Susan: I made this again last night specifically to test it for you. Worked like a charm, no problem and has been much enjoyed by my family who were not expecting fudge today ;-) (In fact, this is one of the easiest recipes to do, and so rewarding because everyone just loves it.) Felicity, I’m not sure what “melting chocolate” is… The recipe says white chocolate or callets, which is how it is sold here. We buy it in bars or as “chips” in the baking section of the grocery store. In my pantry I had both varieties last night, so I split the recipe and used half from the bar and half as chips. I mixed like this to try and make it fail, but it worked just fine. Did you use true Bailys? Could be that by using an ‘imitation Bailys’ the outcome is not as reliable? Could also be that the white chocolate in Australia is different from the white chocolate sold in North America (?)

    I took new photos and will post soon.

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    Kerry 14 December 2013 at 11:19 pm (PERMALINK)

    Thought I would try this as a Christmas gift for some co-workers. Epic Fail. My chocolate/condensed milk also split.

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    Felicity 15 December 2013 at 12:48 am (PERMALINK)

    Hi, mine split before adding Baileys so that is not the issue. It was the white chocolate and condensed milk that failed. Ta for following up anyway. Shame as it looks lovely…

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 15 December 2013 at 9:46 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi Felicity — thanks so much for your additional feedback. I’ve been struggling with the question of what to do with this recipe. I’ve made it at least EIGHT times now without problem, so I’m not in a hurry to take it off the blog completely. I’d rather figure out what’s going on… Based on the recent feedback from Australian readers I have added some notes and took additional photos while making it again for a party yesterday. I’m SO sorry it’s not working for some people… this is painful to hear, (a foodblogger’s worst nightmare?!?) but as I said, it’s a mystery that now has me in its grip and I’d love to figure this out.

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    Lesley 15 December 2013 at 10:31 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi Helene, Another word from one of your Australian followers. I made this recipe today using 200g Lindt white chocolate (Made in France) and 300g Cadbury white choc melts (Australian made) they have a similar cocoa butter content of 30% and 29% my mix wasn’t as creamy and soft as yours and was just beginning to split. Callebaut brand callets are available in Australia but not in supermarkets. I’m thinking the balance of ingredients in our chocolate blends may differ enough for the splitting to happen. Next time I make this I will endeavour to buy the Callebaut callets and report back. In the meantime thank you for your good work and have a Happy Christmas!

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 16 December 2013 at 12:44 am (PERMALINK)

    Thanks so much Lesley, for taking the time to send some feedback. I’m not a chocolatier by any means… nor a chef, nor expert at anything except I guess you might say I’m an ‘expert’ fan of the Thermomix, lol. This discrepancy in results for what should be a simple recipe has me quite frustrated so it’s really helpful to hear from you at this time. Happy Christmas to you too!

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    Mtns Mama 16 December 2013 at 9:01 pm (PERMALINK)

    I made this last Christmas and it was a big hit! I’m in Australia and I used the only white chocolate I could find which was Cadbury Dream. I used Nestlé sweetened condensed milk too. Worked a treat, no splitting.

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    Lorraine 18 December 2013 at 3:12 pm (PERMALINK)

    Have made this several times now, being the festive season and all! Been very successful and popular! I’m in Australia, so can’t imagine why it’s not working for some. I’m also a brand new Thermie owner, so if it wasn’t going to work, you’d imagine it would be for me! I’m using Nestle condensed milk, full fat, and this time Nestle melts, but have made it with bulk buy melts too. I’m going to be very brave now and attempt a chocolate whiskey cashew fudge, using the same principles. I LOVE this fudge!

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    Lorraine 18 December 2013 at 7:31 pm (PERMALINK)

    Had a go at the chocolate bourbon cashew fudge. 50g bourbon is probably too much – much stronger flavour. I did, however experience the separation of the chocolate. It looked to me as though the chocolate wasn’tt actually melted, so upped the temp to 60 and upped the speed for a couple of minutes. I don’t think the consistency was the same, but it was combined. Probably don’t need to chop the cashews beforehand, as they are such a soft nut.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 18 December 2013 at 9:49 pm (PERMALINK)

    Oh THANK YOU so much for your input Lorraine. Great to hear of your past success with this recipe, and of your willingness to experiment. I’ve made the fudge three times in the past two weeks. Everyone loves it and asks for more. I cut it up into small diamond shapes and gift it in a nice wee dish of some kind. The dish is meant to be a gift, but people keep returning it to me and asking for refills ;-) Happy Christmas to you!

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    Lesley 19 December 2013 at 7:49 pm (PERMALINK)

    Just so you know, Helene, mine did turn out fine, looks beautiful and tastes delicious! I was just pointing out the different melt texture mine had compared to yours and my opinion on the fail for some. I noticed that Lorraine had had success with the Aussie choc melts and am pleased about this because I had suggested to others on the private cooking group I am a member on that they may find a better texture using melts than I did when I used the combination. I will now suggest they use the Cadbury Dream too after Mts Mamma says it works well for her. Don’t you just love the networking owning a Thermomix creates. Thanks again.

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    Kim 21 December 2013 at 5:32 pm (PERMALINK)

    I am also in Australia, but in the colder bit (Tasmania) so don’t know if our cooler temperatures today made any difference, but mine worked perfectly. It tastes absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to share it for Christmas. I used Nestle White Melts and I couldn’t get regular condensed milk so used the Nestle skim version and it has just whipped up beautifully. Thanks so much for this yummy recipe.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 28 December 2013 at 8:01 pm (PERMALINK)

    Thank so much Kim, for sharing this good news!

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    drewby 15 January 2014 at 11:28 am (PERMALINK)

    Have made this 5 timestimes here in AU, sticking to the original reciperecipe. It’s been delicious every time, no problems experienced by the others commenters. Have even switched to 99% fat free condensed milk and no issues.
    Great recipe, thanks.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 16 January 2014 at 4:07 pm (PERMALINK)

    Thanks SO much drewby, that’s great to hear! I really appreciate that you made time to return here with your feedback because it really helps me and readers too. Cheers!

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    Renae 14 April 2014 at 12:47 am (PERMALINK)

    Mine separated too. Maybe its the type of chocolate used. :-(
    So disappointed. Such a mess to clean up. I used Nestle’s Plaistowe Premium White Chocolate. I read on the back of the packet that it is ‘premium white cooking compound’. I wonder if this is the reason.

    Oh well, I’ve refrigerated what’s left of it, and will probably chop it up and use it in cakes/muffins instead.

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  30. avatar
    Diana 20 July 2014 at 12:01 am (PERMALINK)

    Whar ondensed milk made in the Thermomix?

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    Diana 20 July 2014 at 12:05 am (PERMALINK)

    That was supposed to be
    What about using condensed milk made in the Thermomix?

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