Chocolate & Pistachio Fudge - Easy Recipe

A few weeks ago during a hangover-fuelled clean I spotted my Nigella Lawson recipe book sitting on my carefully boxed up belongings (that are all waiting to be shipped off to my new home/tiny flat in London) and had a quick flick through.

Because of said hangover I was only mildly interested and certainly did not intend on putting proper clothes on to venture out into the extremely harsh elements (a warm August evening, if you must know) just to get ingredients.

The only recipes grabbing me were either carby (thanks hangover) or chocolatey (thanks girl hormones). I settled on the latter and did in fact pop to the shop for ingredients when I saw just how easy it was...

I've always thought of fudge as something that's quite difficult to make. So I almost wish I hadn't stumbled on this recipe, because now I know it exists and that I could impress people without even really trying, it's just too easy not to make when the baking/chocolate/creative cravings come a-knocking!

What you'll need:
- 350g dark chocolate...minimum 70% cocoa solids
- One 397g can of condensed milk
- 30g butter
- Pinch of salt
- 150 grams pistachios...I used salted & roasted (and yes, spent about 30 minutes opening each shell)

What you'll do:
1. Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a pan on a low heat & stir to melt.
2. Pop the nuts into a freezer bag and bash them until they're broken up into a mixture of sizes.
3. Add the nuts to the melted chocolate and condensed milk - mix it all up together.
4. Pour the mixture into a square tray...or whatever you have if like me you don't have Nigella's resources.
5. Let the fudge cool and refrigerate until set.
6. Cut the fudge into small pieces...I got around 60 from the mixture.
6. Once cut it can be eaten right away, refrigerated or even kept in the freezer if you want to keep it for longer than a week or so (doubt it'll make it that far).

I ended up taking this fudge to work and up North with me for the family to try. Everyone said how much they absolutely loved it and were amazed when I told them how easy it was!

Have a go, just make sure you give some away. Can't even imagine the headache you'd get from eating all of it!

Hannah xx

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