A popular hill-station town in India, Lonavla is a much loved holiday or weekend destination among Indians, especially the ones living in Mumbai and Pune.
However, me being the naïve NRI kid (Non-resident Indian) that I am, I had no idea what Lonavla was until I came across a picture of this Fudge online. It happened to be pretty popular there and I wanted to know why.
After some deep research, I learned that this famous fudge is sold at a sweets parlour called “Cooper’s Fudge & Chikki’s”. It is owned by a Parsi family and run for more than 80years. They seem to be one of those places in Lonavla that have queues in front of the shop. The customers wait to just get a taste of the variety of fudges and chikkis. The Chocolate Walnut Fudge is their best-seller!
This place is definitely on my bucketlist now, however I really wanted to recreate something similar at home. So I searched for some recipe inspiration and after some trial and error, I finally had one which I just could not stop indulging in.
It is a very simple and quick recipe, and you may also turn it into a Chocolate Almond fudge instead, as an alternative. They literally get ready within minutes!
Lonavla inspired Chocolate Walnut FudgeCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
3/4 cup walnuts (or almonds)
3/4 cup condensed milk
1/3 cup good quality cocoa powder
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract
- In a grinder, pulse the nuts of choice to a semi-fine powder.
- Add the grinded nuts, condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and vanilla extract into a non stick frying pan. Keep it on medium-high flame and keep on stirring it until it thickens.
- The mixture will start to slightly come together and not stick on to the pan after 5-8minutes, that’s when you turn off the flame and transfer it onto a butter paper.
- Press it gently into a square and let it cool a little before serving. Top with chopped nuts and cocoa powder.
- You can store it in an air-tight container at room-temperature for about a week.
- For an alternative serving suggestion, you can keep the fudge in the fridge for about 5-8hours and then cut it into squares and serve.