Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Cookie Dough Fudge (and a review)
I know I've been shockingly absent from the blog this week. If I can admit it's been quite nice having a little bit of a technology break and with my sister and her family here I've been kept pretty busy travelling around Donegal showing them the sites.
So I'm pretty excited to be back and be sharing with you my first ever cook book review.
And what a fab one to start with. The guys over at Quirk Books were kind enough to send me a copy of 'The Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook' by Lindsay Landis of Love and Olive Oil.
If you haven't checked out her blog, you need too. She has some incredible recipes over the like her Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles which is another lovely recipe you can find in the book.
The idea of the cook book is as simple as it sounds. A tonne of recipes using cookie dough. I mean the best bit of baking is licking the bowl clean so this is a book that shows you a million and one ways of using up that cookie dough (eggless might I add).
It actually took me a week to decide what recipe I was going to try out for you guys, but I think I picked a good one.
This cookie dough fudge is so simple and easy to make and tastes just like cookie dough. It was a winner in my house (and my friends as I had to share the love)
The only little point I'd make about the recipe that for it to set solidly enough to keep it out of the fridge for a long period of time is too use really good quality butter. You know the stuff that goes rock solid in the fridge, yeah that stuff. Otherwise the fudge may still be a little tacky.
Now if you don't have a sweet tooth this fudge might not be for you but for those of us who are sugar addicts, this fudge will hit the spot.
And before you start worrying about candy thermometers and boiling sugar this is another fabulously easy and quick fudge recipe.
So join me in stuffing an obscene amount of cookie dough in your face and make this gorgeous Cookie Dough Fudge, believe me when I tell you you'll be dying to whip up another of Lindsays fab cookie dough creations. I myself can't wait to get try my hand at some Baked Cookie Dough Doughnuts.
For the Cookie Dough:
1/3 Cup / 75g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
1/4 Cup / 50g Caster Sugar
1/4 Cup / 55g Light Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp Whole Milk
1 Tbsp Double Cream
1/2 Cup / 65g Plain Flour
For the Fudge:
1/3 Cup / 75g Light Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup / 75g Unsalted Butter
Pinch of Salt
1/3 Cup Half and Half (We don't have this in Ireland so I just filled half of the 1/3 cup with milk and the other with cream)
4 to 5 / 415g to 640g Cups Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup / 75g Mini Chocolate Chips (use regular size if you can't get you hands on the minis)
Line an 8x8 brownie pan with tin foil or parchment paper.
Then in a large mixing bowl you can start making the cookie dough by beating together the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy.
Mix in the vanilla extract, salt, milk and cream. Then stir in the flour until it is fully combined.
Then to prepare the fudge base, place the butter, sugar and half and half in a saucepan and heat over a medium/high heat until until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Now remove the pan from the heat and slowly stir in the icing sugar, 1 cup at a time until it is incorporated. Then add the vanilla.
Now add in the prepared cookie dough and stir to incorporate. Keep stirring the mixture till it is cool to touch and then you can stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared tin. Chill it in the fridge to set, for at least 3 hours.
I was provided with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes but all opinions are my own.