January 19, 2024Review Recipe
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Indulge in the sweetness of our maple walnut fudge, a treat that combines the rich, buttery crunch of walnuts with the smooth sweetness of maple. Give into your cravings, and let yourself savor the deliciousness of our maple walnut fudge!
Maple Walnut Fudge Ingredients
The magic of our maple walnut fudge lies in its simple yet high-quality ingredients.
For the white chocolate chips, we recommend the Ghirardelli brand for its smooth and creamy texture when melted.
The maple extract is where our fudge gets its distinctive maple flavor. The walnuts add a delightful crunch to our fudge. They also provide a nutty contrast to the sweet maple flavor.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 cups of white chocolate chips (Ghirardelli brand)
- 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tablespoons of salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
- ¾ teaspoon of maple extract
- 1½ cups of roughly chopped walnuts, divided into 1 cup and ½ cup
Substitutions And Additions
WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS: If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, you can substitute it with dark or milk chocolate chips.
However, keep in mind that this will alter the flavor profile of the fudge.
Be sure to use a high-quality white chocolate chip brand for this fudge recipe.
The generic brands do not melt as nicely and can be more temperamental when trying to heat.
SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: You can use coconut condensed milk in this easy recipe for a dairy-free option.
It has a similar texture and sweetness to regular condensed milk but with a slight coconut flavor.
MAPLE EXTRACT: If you can’t find maple extract, you can use real maple syrup instead in this creamy maple fudge.
However, this will make the fudge a bit softer, so you might need to chill it for longer.
WALNUTS: If you’re allergic to walnuts or simply don’t like them, you can use pecans, almonds, or even pistachios as a substitute in this delicious fudge.
How To Make This Maple Walnut Fudge Recipe
Making our maple walnut fudge is a straightforward process that requires minimal ingredients and time.
STEP ONE: Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing a little extra to hang over the sides. Set aside.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
To get the most accurate 1×1 inch-sized pieces, you will need to use a straight-sided 8×8 square pan.
STEP TWO: In a medium saucepan on low heat, melt the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter.
Be sure to stir constantly to avoid burning the white chocolate chips.
This should take about five to six minutes.
You can lightly toast your walnuts in a dry skillet on medium heat for three to four minutes.
Allow them to cool completely before adding them to your fudge mixture.
STEP THREE: Once the mixture is smooth and fully melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the maple extract.
Then add one cup of the chopped walnuts.
Maple extract is very concentrated. Be careful not to add too much, or it will be too overpowering.
STEP FOUR: Working quickly, spread the fudge mixture into an even layer in the prepared pan.
STEP FIVE: Top the maple walnut fudge with the remaining half cup of chopped walnuts.
Gently press the chopped walnuts into the fudge using your fingertips.
This helps them to stick to the fudge when slicing.
STEP SIX: Allow the fudge to cool on the counter before placing it in the refrigerator to fully set up and chill.
You can score a grid pattern on top of the fudge before refrigerating to help cut clean slices.
STEP SEVEN: Once ready, gently remove fudge from the pan and slice it into 1×1 inch pieces on a cutting board.
You can use the overhanging aluminum foil as a handle to help remove from the pan.
How To Serve
Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for a sweet snack, or simply want to indulge in a decadent dessert, this fudge is sure to impress.
Serve it as a dessert after a hearty meal. The sweet and nutty flavors of the fudge make it the perfect ending to any meal.
Pair it with a hot beverage. The sweetness of the fudge complements the bitterness of coffee or the richness of hot chocolate, making it an excellent treat to enjoy with your favorite hot drink.
Proper storage of this decadent maple treat will ensure that it remains fresh and delicious for as long as possible. Here’s how to store your fudge:
MAKE AHEAD: This maple walnut fudge can be made ahead of time.
Once it’s set and cut into pieces, it can be stored in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve it.
This makes it a convenient option for parties or events where you want to prepare the food in advance.
IN THE FRIDGE: Store your fudge in the refrigerator in an airtight container separated by layers of wax paper.
It will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
If you prefer a softer texture, you can allow your fudge to come to room temperature before serving.
IN THE FREEZER: This sweet treat can be frozen for up to two months.
To freeze, wrap the fudge in parchment paper, then tightly wrap it in aluminum foil.
This will protect the fudge from freezer burn and help maintain its flavor.
Why We Love This Recipe
There are many reasons to love this maple walnut fudge recipe. Here are just a few:
SIMPLICITY: This recipe is easy to follow, making it an excellent choice for novice cooks or anyone who wants a quick and easy dessert.
FLAVOR: The combination of sweet white chocolate, rich condensed milk, and nutty walnuts, all enhanced by the hint of maple, creates a flavor profile that’s both complex and incredibly satisfying.
TEXTURE: This decadent fudge has a smooth and creamy texture, contrasted with the crunch of the walnuts.
This maple walnut fudge is a treat that’s sure to impress. Its rich, creamy texture, crunchy walnuts, and sweet hint of maple make it a versatile dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re not a fan of walnuts, pecans are a great alternative for this recipe.
This recipe calls for white chocolate chips, which give the fudge its sweet, creamy flavor. Using a different type of chocolate will change the flavor of the fudge.
The maple extract adds a distinctive flavor to this fudge. If you don’t have maple extract, you can use vanilla extract as a substitute, but the flavor of the fudge will be different.
The fudge is set when it’s firm to the touch. It should hold its shape when cut into pieces.
This easy fudge recipe specifically calls for sweetened condensed milk, which contributes to the fudge’s sweetness and texture. Using a different type of condensed milk, such as evaporated milk, will not yield the same results.
You can add other ingredients to customize this creamy fudge to your liking. Consider adding dried fruit, different types of nuts, or even chocolate chips.
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Maple Walnut Fudge
- 3 cups white chocolate chips, Ghirardelli brand
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tablespoons salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
- ¾ teaspoon maple extract
- 1½ cups roughly chopped walnuts, divided into 1 cup and ½ cup
- Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, being sure to allow a little extra to hang over the sides. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, on low heat, melt the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Be sure to stir constantly to avoid burning the white chocolate chips. This should take about 5-6 minutes.
- Once the mixture is smooth and fully melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the maple extract and 1 cup of the chopped walnuts.
- Working quickly, spread the fudge mixture into an even layer in the prepared pan.
- Top the maple walnut fudge with the remaining ½ cup of chopped walnuts. Gently press the chopped walnuts into the fudge using your fingers tips. This helps them to stick to the fudge when slicing.
- Allow the fudge to cool on the counter before placing it in the refrigerator to fully set up and chill.
- Once ready, gently lift the fudge from the pan (using the overhanging aluminum foil as a handle) and slice it into 1×1 inch pieces.
- To get the most accurate 1×1 inch-sized pieces, you will need to use a straight-sided 8×8 square pan.
- You can lightly toast your walnuts in a dry skillet on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before adding them to your fudge mixture.
- Maple extract is very concentrated. Be careful not to add too much, or it will be too overpowering.
- You can score a grid pattern on top of the fudge before refrigerating to help cut clean slices.
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