So what to make that was quick, easy and a little creative as I also had 3 restless kids in the house to occupy...? I'll do fudge I thought and, as I had some fab peppermint essence on loan from my reliable informant friend - and will pimp it up er I mean mint it up a bit. I had this great idea to also crush up some candy canes [the peppermint type not the artificial cherry(??!) flavour] and sprinkle artfully over the top of the fudge...NOTE: you need to do this step AS SOON AS THE FUDGE IS POURED INTO THE DISH AND NOT A SECOND LATER as I learnt (see recipe advice below)!
Otherwise, a pretty successful experiment.
Girls - time to measure the sugar...with these sweet Matroyska measuring cups from Fred I was given by the reliable informant friend recently.
(Makes enough for 2 teachers)
3 cups sugar
3 Tbspn unsweetened baking cocoa
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbspn butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp peppermint essence
3 medium sized candy canes (gently smashed in a plastic bag)
Mix sugar and cocoa in large pot and heat gently on stove.
Add milk and butter and bring to the boil.
Boil gently for approx 10 minutes - stirring only occasionally.
Remove from heat, add essences and beat with hand beater (or wooden spoon if you're feeling energetic!) until mixture thickens.
Pour into a greased tray and VERY QUICKLY sprinkle crushed candy canes over top of fudge - you may need to gently press it into the mix so it embeds itself.
Hide from kids and husband so that there is something left for teachers the next day!