There are; of course, many differences between the UK and the USA, but I do love that both our nations can get patriotic with anything red, white and blue. As can at least 27 other countries including France and Russia, but I suspect the French are more likely to go for pâtisserie rather than fudge.
For my patriotic treat I made a simple vanilla fudge, beaten for a creamy soft set and filled and topped with red, white and blue cake sprinkles. If you eat within a day the sprinkles are crunchy, or leave for a few days and they soften up and apart from the colour you would not know that they were there.
Adapt the sprinkles according to your patriotic leanings, or favourite colour scheme. I know that this will be a welcome addition to any party or potluck – can you stop at just one or two pieces?
Recipe: Patriotic Red, White & Blue Vanilla Fudge
- 240 ml /1 cup milk – semi skimmed
- 240 ml /1 cup double/ heavy cream
- 700 g /4 1/2 cups white sugar
- 160 g /1 2/3 sticks butter
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 tbs red (white & blue cake sprinkles)
- Line an 8” / 20cm square tin or gratin dish with oiled parchment paper or foil.
- Place all the ingredients into a large, heavy bottom pan and heat until it reaches a gentle simmer.
- Turn the temperature up and allow to boil gently until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, or 240F/115C on a sugar thermometer this will take about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Beat with an electric mixer on a slow speed (or by hand if you are feeling strong) for about 5 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken and losses its gloss.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons of the sprinkles.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and scatter the remaining sprinkles over, and gently press them into the surface of the fudge.
- Allow to cool, then pop into the fridge for a few hours to firm up before cutting into bite sized pieces.