Tuesday, January 26, 2010

National Pistachio Day: Nigella's Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

Today is National Pistachio Day, so of course I added chocolate. I love the combination of chocolate and pistachios for texture, color and taste. One of the easiest and most delicious recipes comes from Nigella Lawson. Here's her short video (3 minutes): Nigella Lawson makes Chocolate Pistachio Fudge. This fudge recipe is simple to prepare and looks and tastes great! Don't want to watch the video? I've adapted her recipe. It's a snap!

Chocolate Pistachio Fudge


12 ounces 70 percent dark chocolate, chopped or 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Pinch salt
1 cup shelled pistachios (I use about 1/2 cup)

1. Melt the chopped chocolate, condensed milk and salt in a heavy based pan on low heat.
2. Put the nuts into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin, until broken up into both big and little pieces.
3. Add the nuts to the melted chocolate and condensed milk and stir well to mix.
4. Pour this mixture into a 9-inch square foil tray, smoothing the top. (I butter the tray slightly)
5. Let the fudge cool and then refrigerate until set. You can then cut into small pieces approximately 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches or cutting 8 by 8 lines in the tin to give 64 pieces.
6. Once cut you can keep it in the freezer, no need to thaw just eat straight away.

Of course this recipe also works with other nuts. Pecans, Walnuts--I've tried them all.

Don't add the pistachios to the chocolate mixture. Just crush the pistachios and sprinkle on top for more crunch.
Make truffles from the semi-set chocolate fudge. Make into balls and roll in cocoa! Yum. Chocolate Pistachio Truffles.

Celebrate Pistachios today!


Cookin' Canuck said...

Now that's a great way to celebrate National Pistachio Day!

8chocolate said...

I think I just found what I can make for my sweetie for Valentine's Day. He loves fudge. Simple and won't break the bank since I'm watching my pennies these days. Thanks!

Janet Rudolph said...

This fudge recipe is a bit more expensive since you're using a great chocolate product to begin with, but it's so easy and delicious--and no candy thermometers.