Monday, February 9, 2009
The Fudge Factor
What do you do with leftover khoya (mawa)? It's not a question I am faced with often as I rarely buy this rich condensed milk, the base for countless Indian sweets. But with bright red carrots now in season, I got myself a pack to make gajar halwa. That was last week, and once gajar halwa was over and done with, I still had half a cup of khoya fast approaching it's expiry date. As I said, there are countless ways to use this khoya. Almond fudge was my quick and easy way.
I thought of this one on the spur of the moment and it took less than a minute to make, so it's a bit hard to write down the recipe. But let me try. Crumble 1/2 cup khoya in a microwave safe bowl. Mix 2 tbsp ground almonds and a tbsp of castor sugar. Sprinkle on the khoya. Microwave at 50% power for 20 seconds, mix to blend all the ingredients and return to the microwave for another 20-30 seconds until the khoya is really soft. Pat into a rough square on a greased dish, let cool a bit then cut into squares. Your almond fudge is ready.
You can do fancy stuff before the fudge sets - like sprinkle nuts or garnish with silver warq. But as I said, this wasn't even a recipe - just the pretence of using up khoya and a guilty snack on a sunday afternoon.