Rum and raisin fudge - 3 tbsp rum 100g (4oz) raisins (soaked in the rum for 1 hour) 397g can sweetened condensed milk 100g (4oz) butter 500g (1lb 2oz) light muscovado sugar 30cm/8in sq tin lined with baking parchment or foil
Retro, yes, but is there anything prettier or more delicious than coconut ice? More delicious (and sugary) still made with sweetened shredded coconut rather than desiccated, but otherwise this recipe works well.
CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO FUDGE I am willing to believe that a confectioner wouldn't call this proper fudge, but it tastes divine, and you won't need a sugar thermometer or have to test for frightening soft or hard ball stages. I like this best when it's made slightly less express, but with no greater effort, by stashing it in the deep freeze. It goes really grainy and fudgy this way.
Cookalong Recipe: For some reason this is known in the Antipodes (and I got this recipe from a Kiwi) as Russian Fudge and, although I like this name better, I feel that it perhaps leads the rest of us to expect something altogether more exotic, when this is the plain, comforting, yet temple-achingly sweet, confection of my childhood.