I have now come up with a useful thing to do with this blog – publish and recommend some recipes! To start this off I will recommend a good Fudge Recipe I have found: http://www.vanilla-pods.co.uk/fudge.htm
It produced some lovely smooth fudge. I used cream instead of milk, and also checked that the temperature did not go beyond the softball stage during 30mins of heating. I also didn’t want the expense of vanilla pods, so just used vanilla extract.
A big challenge was heating the mixture slowly enough and with enough mixing that you do not get burnt bits in your fudge! (Moving the thermometer around the pan a bit more, so it doesn't all burn to the bottom of the pan underneath the thermometer, might be a good idea for next time!)
I do hope to soon try a slightly different recipe to make a more crystalline fudge, possibly making use of: http://www.uktvfood.co.uk/index.cfm?uktv=recipes.recipe&iID=513459If ever anyone finds some corn (glucose) syrup then I could start trying more advanced recipes as explained in the web pages: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/recipe-fudge.html
Warning: the pan should be big, else its likely to boil over! Oh and that boiling sugar solution is damm hot!