December 19, 2008

Some Salvaged Nutty Chocolate Fudgy Bars!

We don’t celebrate Christmas but as far back as I can remember, we have always had friends and neighbours who do. I remember, as a child, looking forward to the goodies that would be sent over from their houses. Wherever we have lived, apart from celebrating our religious festivals, we have also been a part of festivities in other religions, because of our friends and neighbours who celebrate them.

I still remember Akshaya waiting for Santa to visit and leave her presents and we didn’t have the heart to disappoint her and so played along. We had to convince her that Santa would come in through her bedroom window as we didn’t have a chimney. Apparently her books had stories where Santa always came down the chimney!!

She used to believe in the Tooth Fairy too. Then one day, I found her telling her younger cousin that there was no tooth fairy, but it was better to pretend to continue believing in so or else we would stop leaving money under her pillow in exchange for the tooth!!!

She’s grown up a bit since those days but loves to celebrate any festival/ occasion. And all such celebrations, as a Cliff Richard’s song puts it, are about “a time to rejoice in the good that we see”.

As for the title of this post, there’s a story behind it.
Yesterday was the last day of my daughter’s end term exams and beginning of her Christmas vacation. She wanted to take some home made gifts (food naturally) for her group of friends at school.

After a lot of discussion, Akshaya and I decided that I would bake some Candy Cane Cookies, Snowflake Cookies and make Marbled Chocolate Bark.

Despite the fact that the making the cookies took time and effort, they turned out perfect. But something as simple as chocolate bark (supposedly) just didn’t turn out right for me.
I really have no idea what went wrong but I just had this mass of chocolate full of raisins and nuts. I have melted chocolate so many times now, so I know that the chocolate didn’t seize.

I just didn’t have the heart to throw out such expensive stuff, so I decided to salvage it if I could. I added some butter and cream to the chocolate and stirred it in. Then I poured it out into a rectangular cake tin, allowed it to set and cut it into squares.

And it was a winner. I know, I know, how can anything that’s chocolate, nuts and cream be anything but a winner.
I also know that what came out of this salvaging operation cannot really be called fudge because I didn’t add any sugar to it. But I can’t think of a name for these squares and they are somewhat fudgy in consistency so……….

Here’s the recipe, just in case anyone is interested.


2 ½ cups dark chocolate, chopped

2 cups white chocolate, chopped

½ cup chopped almonds

½ cup chopped roasted and slated cashewnuts

½ cup golden raisins

2 tbsp salted butter

100 ml cream (25% fat)


Put the dark and white chocolate in a glass bowl and melt over simmering water or in the microwave. Add the butter and cream and mix well till smooth. Add the raisins and nuts and mix well.

Pour the mixture into a buttered sheet cake tin (mine was 11” by 7”) and allow to set. Mark into squares and refrigerate, if necessary. Then cut into squares and wrap them individually.

In all the excitement that followed this effort, I forgot to count how many squares this recipe made, but I would say it was between 25 and 30.

The bag of goodies that I made for Akshaya’s friends is also my submission to Happy Cook’s Homemade Christmas Gifts. You can also see what other bloggers have been making to gift this Christmas Season at her blog.


Happy cook said...

Wow i love chocolate fudge.
Wish i had a bag with all the goodeis for real than virtual.
I am sure the friend of Alshaya enjoyed all the home goodies.
Thankyou for sending this to my event.
I will also take a break from tomorow onwards till the first week of January.
So Happy Chrismas ( hope you get goddies from you neighbours there) and have a wonderful Newyers celebration.

indosungod said...

Aparna, you call it salvaged but it looks totally professional to me. Do the choclate have sweet/sugar in them? I am wondering where the sweet comes from, I do want to give this a try.

Sunshinemom said...

This one is a beauty - if you hadn't mentioned no one would have known that it is a salvaged recipe! The click is great too!

Same pinch - today I made a vegan cake with some alterations and though it rose well, I wanted a little browning and left it in the oven for ten minutes and forgot - went out and came back to see a sunken cake, but it was so tasty, I am making another batch to see what went wrong that ended right!

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely and Perfect- they are fudge only.Perfection at the best.Sometimes,we come up with the best,when we have only leftovers or under the worst circumstances.Perfect gift indeed

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna, without knowing who would have thought this was salvaged - not I! It looks a perfect creamy fudge and such a great entry into happy Cooks edible gifts :)

Rosie x

Btw - I adore your candy canes!!

Cham said...

LOL santa coming through the window! The fudge is perfect for holiday!

Usha said...

These look perfect, I would have never guessed these were is this fudge sweet or kind of semi sweet ?

DK said...

These look total yum and pro! All i need to do is add some walnuts too to this recipe and I will lose myself into 7th heaven!

Supriya Raman said...

Just in time for the holidays. Easy and wonderful recipe!

Madhuram said...

Sometimes we tend to mess up the original recipe but to be saved by our "brilliant" ideas. That feels so good right! The squares look perfect.

delhibelle said...

what a heroic rescue !A..the fudge looks lovely and very er..'fudgy':)

The only recipe I have for fudge also doesn't call for sugar BTW:

Priya said...

Am droolingggg over the cookies n fudge bars..lovely n delicious..

Maya said...

Looks good to me Aparna! Have a wonderful holiday!

Bharti said...

They don't look salvaged at all..although there is a special satisfaction in not letting things go wasted, esp. chocolate! Very nice.

Uj said...

If you had not mentioned that it was salvaged we would never be able to identify it. It actually looks perfectly done.. the best part is that you did not give up. It is such a relief to see that all the effort put in is not wasted. I just made at home. But was getting a strong smell of yeast though it is not expired yet. But the dough rose well. I even tried making bread at home. Same result the smell of yeast. I used Active Dry Yeast. Any suggestions?

PG said...

to me they look just prefect! and delicious they were for sure.

Passionate About Baking said...

I'm glad you were able to salvage them so beautifully Aparna...very very nice. Love the other 2 cookies too, especially the iced snowflake one. It's drop-dead gorgeous! Have a warm & festive holiday season...& a wonderful new year!

Rachel said...


That is a bag of goodies to crave for..Lucky A!You have been baking yp a storm Aparna...Really great.

Lisa said...

What a happy accident! Nice save.

Hannah said...

Good save- They look so perfect, I would have never known that anything had ever gone wrong!

Ivy said...

Great recipes happen by accident many times. They turned out perfect.

Dibs said...

haha - your kid is really intelligent! The snowflake cookie looks lovely. A great cook is a person who can salvage and still turn out delicious stuff! You sure are great! :-)

Gopinath Gosavi said...

nice blog..... first time i have read whole blog on food stuff.. keep writing.... thanks for such a nice recipies

Aparna said...

Thanks for the compliments and the seasons wishes. I was happy, myself, to see that all that chocolate was saved.:)

It was my pleasure, HC. Anything for a friend.:)
I'm looking forward to the goodies too. :D

Indosungod & Usha,
The dark chocolate is semisweet and white chocolate is sweet so the fudge doesn't need the sugar, unless you want it sweeter.

Oops Harini. I have a tendency to do do these things myself like leave the milk on the gas.:) Luckily, my oven has a timer and automatically shuts off.
I'm sure your next try will work out.

Thanks Delhibelle. I was under the impression that "true fudge" had to have sugar in it.

Have sent you a detailed mail.

karuna said...

tht looks perfect for the holidays. love the pic.

Jaya said...

This looks great Aparna, will try it out for sure ...
Thanks for sharing
hugs and smiles