In my prior blog HealthyMamaLivinLife, I regularly wrote a series called “Cookin with Kiddos,” which was about me cooking with my son. It was my way of getting him involved in meal prep time, while having fun. I often picked easy meals that he enjoyed, like gluten-free pizza, cornbread, and desserts. We’ve since then graduated to him cooking meatloaf now 🙂
This last Sunday, at my son’s request, we decided to make one of our favorite desserts, homemade fudge. It’s a very simple process that we both enjoy, and it keeps him engaged in something other than electronics on a rainy day.
- All that’s needed is a double boiler, or something similar.
- Glass bowl
- Large dark chocolate bar, 85% Cacao or more. Organic if possible, but it’s not always the case for us.
- Organic Heavy Whipping Cream.
- Organic butter from grass-fed cows (My preference).
- Organic powdered sugar
Before beginning the process, we stick the glass bowl into the freezer as it helps to whip the cream better by keeping it cold as long as possible.
We started out by my son breaking the chocolate bar into square pieces and putting them into the top of the double boiler. Once it starts melting, I put in about 1 tablespoon of butter.
Stir until butter melts. Then pour in about 1/4 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream (We apologize for the poor picture quality, I just noticed that). Stir until creamy. I will often add another Tablespoon or 2 of Heavy Whipping Cream. This is where I rely on how creamy it looks.
The next step is up to you. I usually pour the mixture into a well buttered square pan. This time we decided to use mini muffin tins. I wiped butter on the tin, then put about a Tablespoon of fudge into each circle. We then put the muffin tin in the freezer for about an hour.
Next step is the whipped cream.
Take the glass bowl out the freezer and pour in 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream. Using a whisk, whip the cream until it begins to thicken. Add in about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and continue to whip the mixture until it thickens.
The fun way to involve children in this process is to let them pour in one of the ingredients. While they are licking the bowl of chocolate (Do you remember doing that as a child 🙂 ) have them see how many whisks it takes to make the cream. See how fast they can count. My son usually is licking the chocolate and watching me whisk as he begs to taste the cream. We’re usually laughing at this point.
By the end of the process I have tired arms, but a very thick whipped cream and a happy big boy.
After we pull the muffin tin out the freezer, I pop the fudge out of the tin and put in on a plate. Because of this new little addition, my son named this particular dish “Fuffin,” a Fudge Muffin 🙂 Depending on how it looks I may turn it over to the flat bottom. Add whipped cream and voila, a “Fuffin.”
The best part about this dessert is that it’s fun for children, but also makes a great tapas for a party. Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of adults, or having a children’s party, these little fun bites are a tasty addition to any party.
Disclaimer, these little bites are full of sugar and fat and are meant to be an occasional fun treat, not a regular part of one’s daily eating plan.
I have such great memories of cooking with my Grandmother, making homemade treats, and licking the cake batter. I brought that fond memory into my adulthood, and added it to one of the many ways I keep my son engaged, even at 9 1/2 years old.
I hope you enjoy!