Orangey Fudge - Very Unhealthy
I lb unbleached sugar
2 oz vegetable margarine
1 oz palm fat (or another of veg margarine if unavailable)
1/2 pint hazelnut milk
finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed organic orange (or wash it well!)
To make nut milk - get two ounces of hazelnuts and put them in a liquidizer with a quarter pint of water. Grind thoroughly and strain through doubled muslin or a very fine sieve. Get the pulp and whizz it again with another quarter pint of water, strain and then again with another quarter pint. You should have a little less than three quarters of a pint of nutmilk because you won't be able to squeeze all the moisture out. Bung this into a saucepan and simmer until it has reduced to half a pint (it evaporates quicker if you pour it from the saucepan into another heatproof vessel and then back again a few times during the process).
Grease or line with baking parchment a tin about 8 inches by 8 inches. Put all the ingredients apart from the orange zest into a big saucepan (they should only come up a quarter of the height of the pan at most), heat slowly until the vegan sugar has disolved and then turn up the heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon or spatular. The mixture will probably look as if it is going to boil over. Turn the heat down if it looks as if this is happening and eventually enough of the liquid will have evaporated to remove the danger of this. Heat until the fudge mix reaches soft ball stage - you can determine this using a vegan sugar thermometer or drop a little into a bowl of cold water and if it forms a ball that you can squidge a bit with your fingers its at the right stage. Remove the mixture from the heat and beat well until the mixture thickens a bit. Add the orange zest and continue to beat well until it is quite thick and creamy but still just pourable. Pour it into the tin which should be placed on a cooling rack so that it cools down quicker and more easily. When it seems nearly set, mark it into squares - you can probably have nine or ten by nine or ten, but use your own judgment depending on how big you want the squares to be. When completely cool break into squares.
I gave this and some other fudge which was the same basic recipe but with chocolate added at the end instead of orange zest for Christmas presents, with individual pieces wrapped in small rectangles of foil.
Lots of calories and very unhealthy but a nice occasional treat or homemade present (students like me are allowed to give budget presents!)