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The Great North Run

On Sunday, I took part in my first ever Great North Run. The worlds most famous half marathon (13.1 miles) located in the North East of England. In total, there were just under 58,000 runners whom took part. To line up alongside this amount of people, not to mention penned at the start and run with them, would of been something I could of not done even a year ago. Yesterday was not just about completing the Great North Run but it was my way of standing up to the years of social anxiety and depression that I have had and still battle. Standing up to it, is exactly what I did!

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Treats

MALIBU CHOCOLATE FUDGE

Fudge is a wonderful gift to make and giveaway at Christmas. Stored in a tin, it will last two weeks. We like to make a selection of flavours and package them as presents. This recipe is for a boozy Malibu chocolate fudge that always goes down well.

Equipment needed
Spatula
Heavy based pan
8″ tin.

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Ingredients

400g dark chocolate (bounrville)
397g of sweetened condensed milk
25g butter
100g icing sugar
12 glace cherries
Desiccated coconut
4tbsp of Malibu

How to make

Break up the chocolate into squares and put into the pan with the condensed milk and butter. Bring to the boil on a medium heat and stir at all times until the ingredients have melted and combined. Sieve in the icing sugar and stir in. Add the Malibu and stir in.

Pour into a lined 8″ tin. (line it with grease proof paper). Carefully put the cherries into the fudge mix minding your fingers and push them in. Dust over with the coconut. Allow to chill in the fridge for three hours or overnight before cutting up.

Treats

AMARETTO FUDGE

Fudge is a wonderful gift to make and giveaway at Christmas. Stored in a tin, it will last two weeks. We like to make a selection of flavours and package them as presents. This recipe is for a boozy Amaretto chocolate fudge that always goes down well.

Equipment needed
Spatula
Heavy based pan
8″ tin.

*Links are to products that we use for sale on Amazon. Do run a search on Amazon to look at similar items.

Ingredients

400g milk chocolate
397g sweetened condensed milk
25g butter
100g icing sugar
4 tbs of Amaretto
50g blanched almonds
1/2 cup of water
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
1lb of almonds with skins on

Method

Firstly lets make the yummy candied almonds. Bring the water, sugar and cinnamon to the boil. put the almonds in and remove with a slotted spoon. Spread them out on a baking tray and bake at 350f for 20 minutes, basting the almonds twice with remaining syrup. Allow them to cool fully.

Toast the blanched almonds in a dry frying pan until golden but do not burn. Allow to cool fully.

Now make the fudge. Bring the chocolate, condensed milk and butter to the boil and stir so it combines. Sieve in the icing sugar and stir in the blanched almonds and amaretto. Pour into a lined 8″ tin. scatter the candied almonds on top and allow to set overnight in the fridge.

Cut up into cubes and serve.