Easy Loaf Pan Fudge
Each passing year my December becomes brighter and brighter. Not only from living closer to the equator, but from joining in and learning more traditions from around the world
December is my favorite month of the year, because albeit dark and sometimes cold the people are always happy. We (the world) celebrate a plethora of holidays this time of year from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Saint Nicholas and Christmas. Further on to the solstice and Yule, as well as the New Year.
The Festivities normally begin on December 6th each year when Saint Nicholas comes to fill the shoes of all good children. On the 8th of December Buddhist throughout the world, including myself, spend a day of quiet meditation os we observe Bodhi. Soon after (or before) depending on the year songs begin to fill the air as the Hanukkah menorah candles are lit throughout the world during 7 consecutive nights. On the 12th of the month Catholics throughout Mexico and other North and South American countries celebrate the Lady of Guadalupe with feasting and fireworks.
Next comes the Pagans lighting fires for Solstice and Yule celebrated on the darkest and shortest day of the year, December 21st. Christmas, as we know, is a celebration for all Christian people to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ into the world. Kwanzaa is celebrated just after Christmas and has 7 days of observations to help build up and maintain family values and strong communities throughout the African Diaspora. Santa was co-opted by the capitalist to sell more gifts, and many children throughout the world wait for him the same night they wait for Jesus to be born.
If we stretch just a bit into January we can extend the holiday season with New Years Eve and New Years Day. We have Russian Orthodox Christmas, as well as the arrival of the Kings in Mexico on January 7th.
I have my own ways to acknowledge and celebrate all these days that I have picked up when invited into the homes and spaces of traditional celebrations. I truly believe there is more that connects us that what separates us, and the quickest way to learn empathy is through experience. If you are ever invited into a tradition different than your own go and see, go and share. You are only better for it.
Now I can add my own anniversary to mix of reasons I love December and the holiday season.
I’ve been developing this chocolaty recipe since my October trip home and just before my big day I came to the perfect recipe. Now as things are settling down from the party and just picking up for Yule I am already back in my kitchen whipping up more chocolaty goodness to share.
This recipe is easy to make and I think with all the reasons to celebrate each year, easy is exactly what we need. The recipe makes enough for one standard loaf pan, but easily doubles.
Loaf Pan Celebration Fudge
120 ml coconut milk
250 g sugar
50 g cocoa powder
55 g coconut oil
150 g chocolate
1 t vanilla
30-50 g chopped nuts and dried fruit (optional)
In a small sauce pan, bring milk, sugar and cocoa powder to a boil.
Lower the heat to medium and boil the mixture for 7 minutes (I’m serious here, put on a timer) As soon as you reach 7 minutes turn off the heat and whisk in the remainder of the ingredients until fully incorporated.
Pour into a paper lined loaf pan, press chopped nuts and dried fruit into the top. Set in the fridge until completely cooled.
Cut into small squares and share.