Please to Be Sampling the Curried Fudge

Adam Lambert at the Screen Actors Guild Awards...

Image via Wikipedia is Adam Lambert, and not the curried fudge described below

I have an adventurous palate, which I owe to my parents. I remember trying soy loaf in grade school, having peanut butter and green pepper sandwiches in middle school. Then there was the Christmas my mom brought home an assortment of desserts from an East Indian student. (That was my first exposure to cardamom and those custardy squares that are so sweet you can only tolerate one bite.)

Lest you think it was all hunky-dory, I developed a great fondness for ketchup as a coping mechanism in early childhood too. 😉

All the above is a long way of saying that when a writing friend mentioned a recipe for curried fudge, my ears pricked up immediately. That the ToolMaster and my kids were so doubtful only made me more determined to try it. 

I like it. My family likes it. My husband’s co-workers like it. They reportedly eat in with that horrified/fascinated expression that only heterosexual males can exhibit while watching an Adam Lambert performance.

This is a modified recipe from what I was given. I think it would rock in those tiny, fluted foil baking papers.

I think it would be superb served with a fruit and cheese platter.

The curry adds a depth and complexity I’d describe as similar to the chocolate in a chili mole recipe. You’ll find you don’t eat much because it tastes so rich and has a little kick to the aftertaste.

If you try it, I’d love to know what you think.

Creamy Curried Fudge

18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 300 g bag)
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
2  Tbsp curry powder (I used Madras powder, the full amount)
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
~3/4 cup Thompson raisins
dash sea salt

1. Toast the coconut in a thin layer on a sheet pan at 350 till golden. (Can use a skillet too.)

2. Over low heat, stirring constantly, melt chips and blend with milk until smooth

3. Stir in vanilla, 1 1/2 cup coconut, curry, raisins, dash of salt.

4. Spoon onto wax paper and spread to desired thickness. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Press remaining coconut into the top.

5. Chill until solid.

In other news, speaking of horrified fascination ;), I’m writing, and it doesn’t suck. (Although I might manage to screw up this scene by day’s end. Stay glued to your computer monitors for hourly updates.)

Also, there’s still time to have your name entered in the draw for Liz Michalski’s Evenfall

Also, I’m still waiting to be rejected by The New Yorker, and it makes me laugh that I know rejection’s coming, but I don’t really care.

But enough about me. What’s up with you guys? Any bold, recent culinary adventures? 

Where do you lie on the pro-or-against Adam Lambert continuum?  

23 thoughts on “Please to Be Sampling the Curried Fudge

  1. You crack me up with the hetero guy watching Adam Lambert. I know just the expression you’re speaking of. We’re adventerous here, but dieting, so maybe I’ll save the recipe for when I’ve lost my willpower? I’ll let you know when I make it.

  2. Ditto here!

    I’ll be sharing this one, and keeping the recipe for myself when I just can’t fight the sweet craving anymore. Thanks Jan!

  3. Kelly, I quite enjoyed the brouhaha after his TV performance. A lot of people’s personal buttons being pushed with that one. 😉

    Donna, I think it is a good one it you need a hit of sweet. If you try it, let me know what you think!

  4. So glad you tried it, and even gladder you liked it! I am a total sucker for weird things in chocolate – chiles, lavender, bacon. Looks to be right up my alley.

  5. I was a little horrified/fascinated at the thought of the curried fudge but I think you hit the perfect metaphor for the weird combination of tastes that Lambert (and the fudge) both represent! I love Lambert so I’ll try this recipe 😉

  6. Jan, please further explain your comment about when heterosexual men’s horrified, fasinated expression when watching Adam Lambert. I guess I don’t get your implication.
    Btw I love fudge and Adam Lambert. thks.

    1. Sharon, I love both, too. 🙂

      The reference: that *some* heterosexual men find themselves attracted to him, but that threatens their self-concept. In other words, they’re attracted to him but *they* don’t think they should be.

  7. haha!! I don’t know why I’m here and reading and having a good laugh, but I liked it! LOL!! I am an Adam Lambert fan. I guess a mere mention of his name will pull me in!! I can smell his name on the web!

  8. magsmagenta, it’s the easiest fudge I’ve ever made, honestly. Since there’s so little liquid, you can’t go wrong. Hope you enjoy it.

    Callae, LOL, glad you understood what I was trying to say. Enjoy!

    Liz, that’s right. I forgot you’d tried it. I think I borrowed some culinary courage from you. 🙂

    Angie, you’re not the only one, as I’m finding, to my surprise. Color me clueless. 🙂 Thank you for laughing, though. I like to laugh.

  9. I think you may be “horrified/fascinated” by the number of hits you get just by mentioning Adam Lambert 🙂 My mum used to make an oddly-tasty peanut butter biscuity thing with lemon icing, but I’ve never been able to find the recipe so some day, when I am feeling reckless, I will try this (in her honour).

    1. Ooh, Mary, that sounds really good. If you find the recipe and remember me, LOL, I’d love to have it.

      As for the number of hits…yeah. It’s been an education. With that level of scrutiny, I really can’t imagine what it must be like to be Adam Lambert.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  10. The first thing I thought when I read the recipe was, “they still make sweetened condensed milk?” Clearly I don’t cook that often! I will give this a try one day, although I’ll have to make a list since the only ingredients I have on hand are the vanilla and the curry powder. LOL

    And I’m laughing at how many hits you get from Adam Lambert (love his songs). I did a post a month or so ago that included a pic of Richard Armitage and found out THAT makes the stats go up a lot. (Maybe this mention will make yours surge now too. LOL)

  11. Donna, I haven’t bought sweetened condensed milk for ten years, probably, so I know what you’re saying.

    Medeia, you don’t cook at all??? I’m hearing that more and more. I really can’t comprehend that – not judging you, I just wouldn’t care for it myself. My health and budget couldn’t take it, either.

  12. LOL, I glossed over Lambert and went straight to the recipe.

    Time to tickle my family’s taste buds! They wouldn’t go for haggis (love it), this they may nibble. 😉

    Thanks!
    S

    1. stacey, re the “nibbling” bit of that: can you believe I made one batch about ten days ago now. Normally a similar-sized batch of chocolate peppermint would be gone in two days, max. We still have about 20% left. But we all eat a tiny bit every day.

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