That was all about creating edible shapes. My little nephew wanted to make some cookies, so that he can use all animal shapes for cutting the cookies. But when I reached home from office it was already 9.30pm and he was in his bed. So I need to think of something that we can prepare quickly in the morning hours next day. We also needed minimum 50 pieces.
As, I can prepare the cashew nut dough in advance, and we can roll and cut the shapes in the next morning, I thought of cashew fudge. When we both got up in the morning it was already time for office/school, so this little chap got so upset that he cut all fudges in heart shape only :(. Cashew nuts are called kaju or caju in Portuguese, however we (Indians) adopted it so well that we use kaju katli or kaju burfi like our native phrase.
It is one of the most favoured recipes for most of the festivities in India.It is also quick to put together and require minimum ingredients.
I am sure you will like it. This delicious sweet will be savoured by kids and adults alike.
**Health tip: Cashew nuts are packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals.
- 2 cups of cashew nuts finely powdered
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of water
- few spoons of milk
Method: In a coffee machine or in a dry mixer, convert cashew nuts into fine powder. Mix sugar and water and put it for boiling on a stove (thick bottomed wok works well for this). Once the sugar is dissolved completely and the liquid start boiling stir it for a minute more. Add powdered cashew to the sugar syrup, and stir it continuously about 7-10 minutes in a medium low flame. The mixture starts leaving the sides of the wok.
Switch off the flame and let it cool completely. It will harden when it cools. It would look dry and rough. Dont worry about that.
Knead the dough for a couple of minutes or untill it looks smooth and shiny. If you find it hard you may add a spoon of milk at this stage.
Roll the dough into 1/4 inch thick circle and cut it in desired shapes.
**It would make around 70 medium-sized fudge
**You can store it without refrigeration for 3 -4 days or more when refrigerated.