Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

We have already reached the last day of the first month of this year. Time has just flown by and I have been away from the blogging scene for over two weeks now. Besides being busy, laziness crept up and a few other issues required urgent attention, thereby making it impossible to blog. Now I am back to doing what I simply love doing - blogging a post from my drafts! Lol!

Well, yes, this post was created during Christmas 2012 and never got posted in time. It would be such a shame to leave it in my drafts for longer than a month - which is exactly what happened, but then since its something you don't require an occasion for, I decided to post it. I found this simple recipe on Chef in You when I was busy hunting for recipes to put my large sack of unsalted pistachios to good use. Salted ones never make it into any dish as they get eaten up by the husband pretty easily and quickly. It's the unsalted ones that have no takers. I had a good amount remaining in my pantry even after I tried out the Pistachio Fudge/Pista Burfi and I think this recipe was among the simplest that could help make a very delicious lite bite in a jiffy - perfect for the festive season, perfect for gifting.

We have a Christmas tradition at home that includes gifting handmade goodies to very close friends here in Mumbai. However, this time I was unable to make anything fancy because of my new role of being a mother of two. Tiny baby kept me really busy and this recipe came to my rescue as it hardly took any time to put together. It was so simple to make it that I made it twice in a span of a few hours.

Since I am among those who love nuts in their chocolate, especially the dark cocoa variety, I thoroughly enjoyed making it and eating it as well. However since the lil fellow hates nuts in his chocolate and the husband hates chocolates in general and the tiny baby is yet to taste chocolate I gladly ate everyone's share.

Now that V Day is just around the corner, it is definitely one of the goodies you can make for that special someone! When refrigerated it lasts for several days (if you can resist eating them!) - so you can make it in advance and serve whenever you please. The longer you refrigerate them, the longer they take to melt at room temperature - just in case you are worried about making handmade chocolate that usually melts in no time. So there, usher in a fun filled, romantic month of February with these babies!

About this dish
The good thing about this fudge is that it can taste exactly the way you want it to - just use your favourite brand of bitter sweet/dark chocolate and you have the satisfaction of having created a yummy chocolate fudge in the comfort of your home. Personally I prefer to use bitter chocolate that has at least 70% of cocoa. This is because you need to add condensed milk that will balance out the extra bitterness and lend the fudge just the right amount of sweetness. You may add an assortment of nuts if you wish, however, pistachios taste just as great.

Chocolate Pistachio Fudge
You Need:

1. Grease and line a 7 inch square cake tin with parchment paper and keep aside.  
2. In a heavy bottomed pan place the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and a pinch of salt and stir it over a slow flame until well mixed. Add the chopped nuts and combine.
3. Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin and use a spatula or the back of a greased spoon to quickly smoothen the surface of the chocolate. Allow the fudge to cool a bit. Run a greased knife across to make squares. 
4. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before you cut the fudge and serve. 

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