December 4th, 2013

Chocolate pistachio fudge is a real treat for those who love the rich flavour of chocolate and nutty flavour of pistachio nuts. Chocolate and Pistachio nuts are combined to make this winning dessert.

Here are some recipes for the dish from various sources:

•             From Nigella Lawson (BBC food):

Ingredients: 350 gm/12 oz dark chocolate, One 14 oz can of condensed milk, One oz  butter, Pinch of salt, 5 ¼ oz unsalted pistachios shells removed.


Method: Place the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a heavy based pan over a low heat till properly blended. Place the nuts in a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin till you get small and large pieces. Add nuts to chocolate mixture and mix well. Pour the mix into 23 cm square tray smoothing the top with a wet palette knife. Let the fudge cool and refrigerate until set. Cut into small pieces around 3 cm x 2 cm. Once cut, the fudge can be kept in the freezer- there is no need to thaw-it can be eaten straight away.

•             Good Housekeeping:

Ingredients: 9 oz plain chocolate finely chopped, 3 ½ milk chocolate finely chopped, 12 oz condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 50 gm pistachios roughly chopped.

Method: Line a 6 inches x 9 inches roasting tin with baking parchment. Put chocolates and condensed milk into a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Leave to melt, stirring occasionally until mix is smooth and shiny. Stir in vanilla and empty into prepared tin. Level surface and sprinkle on the pistachios. Cover and chill until firm, for about 3 hours. You can store in the fridge for about 3 months. Cut into1 inch squares and serve.

•             NDTV cooks:

Ingredients: 200 gm milk chocolate, 125 gm butter, 3 eggs, 3 egg yolks, 150 gm sugar, 75 gm chopped pistachios.

Method: Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Whisk eggs, add egg yolks and sugar till you get a frothy mixture, pour the chocolate mix into it. Fold in the chopped pistachio and pour into a baking tray. Bake at 160 C-170 C for 25 to 30 minutes.

•             ABC DELICIOUS:

Ingredients: 2 cups caster sugar, 1 ½ cups thick cream, 125 gm white chocolate broken up, 2 tbsp liquid glucose, 30 gm butter, ½ cup shelled pistachio nuts, roughly chopped. Salt to taste.

Method: Grease a 20 cm square baking pan. Place all ingredients except nuts in a large pan and stir over low heat till sugar dissolves.  Increase heat and stir till golden colour. It must reach a soft ball stage such that when a teaspoon of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball. Alternative is when sugar thermometer reaches 113 -118 degree Celsius. This may take up to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add nuts. Beat with a wooden spoon until thick or for 5 minutes. Pour into dish. Cut and serve, when completely cool and set.

This is an improvised Nigella Lawson recipe except that white chocolate has been used instead of dark chocolate. Also remember to add enough salt. Another great way to sample chocolate is to order online for chocolate cake delivery.