When you’re trying to make homemade fudge at home, it’s notoriously tricky to achieve that perfect texture, especially when you’re a beginner.
If your fudge hasn’t turned out how the recipe says it should, you might be curious to know: How do you fix seized fudge?
In this article, I will cover some key information on seized fudge, and provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to fix seized fudge.
So, let’s get started.
What Does It Mean For Fudge To Seize?
As a culinary term, seizing refers to chocolate that becomes a thick, stiff mass when it is being melted.
This process occurs when a tiny amount of liquid gets into the melting chocolate, and can be a challenge to fix once it happens.
Why Did My Fudge Seize Up?
Chocolate is very finicky. Seizing is the result of a small amount of liquid or steam coming into contact with the chocolate when it is being melted.
This creates a lumpy mass that is far from the texture of fudge that you’re looking for, but you may be able to save it if it’s not too far gone. This works by adding a little bit of oil to the fudge mixture, but isn’t always a straightforward process.
A Guide On How To Fix Seized Fudge
Step one – Return your fudge to the stovetop
Begin by returning your fudge to the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat.
Step two – Add a small amount of oil to the mixture
Next, you will need to add ¼ teaspoon of oil to the mixture. This can be vegetable oil, clarified butter or cocoa butter as this will nicely compliment the chocolate flavor of the fudge.
It’s important to start small and increase the amount as necessary, as you don’t want to end up with a fudge that is oily. After all, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away once it is in the mixture.
Step three – Continuously stir the mixture
Once you have added the oil of your choice, keep stirring the mixture until it is loose.
The result might not be as perfect and smooth as it would have been if the mixture didn’t seize, but attempting to fix your fudge before you chuck it away is better than nothing.
Notes On Fixing Seized Fudge
It’s important to recognize when you’re beat! If the chocolate in your fudge has been scorched, you will never be able to get rid of that burnt taste. At that point, you won’t be able to rescue the seized fudge and it’s best just to throw it away.
It’s also important to note that once the fudge has seized once, the process might have altered the texture. While this can be frustrating, provided that the chocolate hasn’t been burnt, the flavor will still be delicious.
Now you have a better understanding of what causes seizing, you need to take the proper precautions to ensure it doesn’t happen again!
How Do You Prevent Seizing From Occurring In The Future?
Seizing is the result of moisture coming into contact with the chocolate in your fudge. The easiest way to prevent it from occurring again is to eliminate the chance of water from coming into contact with your batch of fudge.
To be extra cautious, you should always make sure the bowls and utensils you are using are completely dry. Make sure that you never use a wet wooden spoon or chopping board at any point when you’re making your fudge.
This comes down to the fact that if you’re using a wooden spoon or board that has recently been washed, they might still retain moisture and impart this moisture to your batch of fudge.
For the best results, make sure that you’re using equipment that is entirely dry. If you don’t want to use wooden utensils to minimize the risk, why not opt for a silicone spatula and a plastic chopping board to chop up your chocolate as an alternative?
What Else Can You Do With Seized Fudge?
Sometimes, there will be an occasion when you can’t get your fudge to cooperate, no matter how hard you try. Fudge can be challenging to make, and even if the slightest water gets into the bowl, the fudge will seize and there isn’t anything you can do to stop it.
If your fudge is past the point of return, not all is lost, and you can still make fudge sauce out of your fudge mixture!
A Guide On How To Make Fudge Sauce With Seized Fudge
Step one – Place the seized fudge into a sauceman
To begin, place the fudge mixture in a saucepan over a low heat.
Step two – Add milk or cream
Slowly whisk in about 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of milk or heavy cream at a time to make a silky fudge sauce.
Step three – Continuously stir the fudge sauce
Once you have added the liquid, keep stirring until the fudge sauce is thick, glossy, and smooth.
Step four – Serve and enjoy your fudge sauce
Serve your fudge sauce with a variety of sweet foods. It’s particularly great on top of ice cream!
When it comes to storing the leftover fudge sauce, make sure that you keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent it from melting. It should keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Mastering fudge is a challenging process, and even the most experienced of bakers have days when a batch of fudge doesn’t turn out the way that they had hoped.
Next time you have a batch of seized fudge, hopefully after reading this article you now have a better understanding of how to fix it.
However, if you can’t fix your seized fudge using the method provided, you can always try again or use it as a delicious fudge sauce that goes beautifully with a variety of different sweet treats.
Good luck fixing your seized fudge!