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December 23, 2020

Neureos / Nevri – Goan Neuros Recipe - Goan Christmas Sweets

nevris recipe

Neureos/ Nevris / Nevri / Neuro is a Goan special Christmas sweet. In Tamil nadu we call this as sweet somas. In North India, its popularly known as Gujiya. But the fillings and method varies for all these sweets.

This Goan special neureos in a must and should try sweet for Christmas in Goa and other parts of India. Its tastes crispy outside with a sweet filling inside. Filling for neureos can be prepared in two ways. One with desiccated coconut and another one with roasted moong dal.

As this is my first attempt in making this sweet, I tried stuffing with desiccated coconut, rava / semolina and nuts. It came out so well. We all loved it. I have made it thrice so far. Every time it came out well without disappointing me. You can store this sweet in an air tight container for a week and consume it. But I would recommend to use it before 2 to 3 days.

Every year I am trying some Goan Christmas sweets and posting in my blog. I am happy that I tried this yummy sweet this year.

Friends, do check out my Kormolas and 

Kulkul sweets too !


Goan nevris

Neureos / Nevri Recipe

Neureos / Nevris Recipe

Neureos / Nevri recipe - Goan Christmas sweet !

Cuisine: Goan
Category: Sweet
Serves: 8
Prep time: 1 Hour
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

For dough (1 cup = 250ml)
  • All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
  • Semolina / Coarse rava / Bombay rava - 1 tbsp (roasted or unroasted)
  • Clarified butter /ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 2 pinches
  • Water - as required
For filling/ stuffing
  • Semolina / coarse rava - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1/3 cup
  • Grated coconut / Desiccated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Clarified butter /ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Dry grapes / raisins - 2 tbsp
  • Finely Chopped cashew nuts - 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • White sesame seeds - 1 tbsp (optional) 
  • Khus khus / poppy seeds - 2 tbsp (optional)
  1. Mix maida, rava, ghee and salt. Add required water to make a thick, smooth dough.
  2. Cover and rest for an hour. Make stuffing in the mean time.
  3. Heat ghee in a kadai. Roast cashews and raisins. Add rava, khus khus, sesame seeds and roast for few minutes.
  4. Add sugar, desiccated coconut / dry coconut powder, cardamom powder and mix well in low flame for a minute. Switch off the flame and cool down completely.
  5. Take the dough and shape lemon sized balls. Roll it to a small disc. Keep the stuffing in the center. Apply water on the corners. Fold into half moon shape.
  6. Cut the edges and make shapes. Heat oil to deep fry.
  7. Add 2 to 4 nevri and cook in medium flame till golden brown on both the sides.
  8. Remove from oil and drain in a perforated vessel. Fry the remaining and set aside to cool.
  9. Store in an air tight box and consume within 2 to 3 days for best taste. 

Goan neuros

  • Take a bowl and mix maida, rava, ghee and a pinch of salt. Mix well to spread the ghee with flour. Add water gradually and make a smooth but thick dough. Dough should not be too soft or sticky. Please remember this point. Thick dough gives you crispy neureos.
  • Goan neureos recipe
  • Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rest for an hour. In the mean time, lets make the stuffing / filling part.
  • Goan neureos recipe

  • To make neureos filling, heat ghee in a kadai. Roast the cashew pieces and dry grapes till golden. Add the rava,  khus khus, sesame seeds (optional) and roast for few minutes in medium flame. Make sure you don’t burn anything.
  • Add sugar and mix well in medium flame. Add dry coconut powder or desiccated coconut powder and mix quickly. Switch off the flame. You don’t have to melt the sugar. If you mix quickly and switch off the flame, stuffing will be in powder form only. Let it cool down completely else stuffing will ooze out while frying.( If you want to use powdered sugar, add at the end after switching off the flame. Rava and coconut should not be hot while adding sugar). 
  • Goan neureos recipe
  • Now take the dough and make lemon sized balls. Take one ball, dust in maida or apply little oil and roll to make small disc of palm size. Place 1 tbsp stuffing in the center. Apply water in the corners and fold the nevri into half moon shape.
  • Goan neureos recipe
  • Now use a samosa cutter or pizza cutter or a knife and remove the extra portions. You can press with a fork to make designs or make it simple like half moon shape. Make all the nevri and arrange in a plate without touching each other.
  • Goan neureos recipe

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Drop a pinch of dough and check if it rises to the top immediately. Now keep the flame completely low and drop 2 to 3 nevris based on the size of kadai and quantity of oil. You can also fry one at a time like I did.
  • Increase the flame to medium and cook patiently till it turns golden on one side. As soon as you drop the neureos in oil, it puffs up. Splash oil over the top of neureos and cook in low to medium flame till it turns golden in the bottom.
  • Now flip and cook the other side till golden and bubbles cease completely. Make sure you cook it patiently in low to medium flame till golden in color to make crispy neureos. It will also stay crispy for few days when stored in an air tight box.
  • Remove from oil and keep in a perforated vessel to drain excess oil. Let it come to room temperature. Then store in an air tight box and handle with clean hands to avoid becoming soggy. It stays good for 2 to 3 days at room temperature. Do not refrigerate. 
  • Goan neureos recipe
    Enjoy !


  • For stuffing, you can also use powdered sugar. In that case, you should not add while the rava and coconut is hot. You should mix when its cold after roasting.
  • Do not make the dough soft and sticky. Neuroes will become soft after frying. Make a tight, thick dough.
  • Deep fry patiently in low to medium flame to make crispy nevris.
  • Khus khus/ poppy seeds and sesame seeds are ususally used. But you can skip if you don''t have it.

Try this yummy, Goan special Neureos for this Christmas and enjoy !

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December 19, 2018

Eggless Apple Cake Recipe | How To Make Apple Cake (Microwave and convection oven version)

Eggless apple cake recipe

I tried this eggless apple cake recipe using wheat flour/ atta by watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s YouTube video. As this is my first attempt of trying an apple cake at home without eggs, I followed original recipe to the dot. Chef used wheat flour and maida in equal quantities. Cake came out so soft, moist and spongy. I should call it as apple cinnamon cake because cinnamon acts as the major flavoring ingredient. When the cake is baked, I could feel a nice fruit smell with cinnamon all over the house. We all loved it. 

During Christmas season, most of us like to bake a fruit cake at home. If you are bored with the regular dry fruits cake, you can try this eggless apple cake instead. The best part is you can make this cake in microwave mode, convection oven and in a pressure cooker as well. 

Actually I baked 3/4 th of the batter in convection mode and the remaining in microwave mode by keeping in a glass bowl. Both turned out great. Convection oven cake took nearly 40 minutes of baking time whereas in microwave it was done under 4 minutes. So you can bake this eggless apple cake in microwave mode or convection mode in your oven. 

If you want to bake the same in pressure cooker, it is also possible. Just spread 1 inch of powdered salt in a thick cooker bottom.  Put a small plate or slotted plate over the sand, preheat the cooker for 15 minutes in medium flame till salt is heated. Remove the gasket and weight valve from the lid and cover the cooker. After preheating, place the baking pan and cook for 20 to 30 minutes in low flame. Check with a tooth pick & remove after cooling down. This recipe is so versatile and it works great for all the baking methods.

Friends, do try this eggless apple cake recipe and share your feedback with me. Hope the step by step pictures can help you better. I will try to share the video recipe soon.

Check out my eggless orange cake, eggless dates cake with wheat flour, eggless christmas fruit cake recipe, eggless plum cake in pressure cooker, microwave fruit cake too.

How to make eggless apple cake

Eggless apple cake recipe

Eggless apple cake recipe

Eggless apple cake recipe with wheat flour , all purpose flour, butter and milk.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Eggless cake recipes
Serves: 1/2 kg
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 40 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes


  • Apple - 2
  • Wheat flour / atta - 1 cup
  • All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar - 1 cup
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Melted butter - 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (150 gms)
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup (to grind apple)
  1. Wash and chop apple into small cubes. Grind to a puree adding water.
  2. In a wide bowl sieve wheat flour, maida, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder.
  3. In another bowl mix melted butter, milk, vanilla essence and apple puree.
  4. Add the sieved dry flours and mix without lumps. Lastly add 1 tbsp cooking oil and mix well.
  5. Transfer the apple cake batter to a greased baking pan. Bake in a preheated convection oven for 40 minutes. Check with a tooth pick and remove the cake after warm.
  6. For microwave apple cake, take 1/2 cup of cake batter in a microwave safe glass bowl.
  7. Cook for 4 minutes. Remove it by checking with a tooth pick. Enjoy when warm.
  8. Apple cake stays good only for 2 days. So try to consume it quickly.
  • Wash and cut apple into small cubes. Grind to a smooth puree adding 1/2 cup of water. Set aside.

  • In a wide bowl, sieve wheat flour/ atta, maida, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder. Keep it aside.

  • In another bowl, mix melted butter, milk, vanilla essence and apple puree.

  • Add sieved dry flour to the wet milk mixture. Add little by little and mix without lumps.

  • Batter should be thick and pourable. It will fall like a ribbon. Lastly add 1 tbsp cooking oil. Mix well.

  • Take an aluminum baking pan. Grease it with butter. Sprinkle maida all over the pan and dust off the excess flour. Pour the cake batter to the pan. Fill 3/4th of the pan. Pat the pan to level the batter and break the air bubbles.

  • Preheat the oven in convection mode at 180c. Place the baking pan and bake at 180c for 35 to 40 minutes. Cake rises and cracks on top. No issues. After 30 minutes, open the oven and insert a tooth pick or knife in the middle of the cake. If its sticky or with batter, bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. If the knife comes out clean, cake is done. Remove the baking pan and set aside to cool down.

  • After the cake becomes warm, run a knife around the cake and loosen the sides. Invert the cake in a plate and remove it. Make pieces and enjoy ! This cake stays good only for 2 days if kept outside. Refrigeration is not advisable because cake may become dry. So its better to consume soon.

  • FOR MICROWAVE APPLE CAKE : Take 1 cup of apple cake batter in a big glass bowl. Microwave in high power (800w) for 3 to 4 minutes. Check with a tooth pick and remove it. Invert in a bowl after cooling down.


  • You can use wheat flour completely instead of atta and maida half and half. But cake looks dense and thick. Not fluffy as shown in the picture. You may need to add more baking soda too.
  • You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar for healthy options.

Try this eggless apple sponge cake at home and enjoy !
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December 21, 2017

Goan Kormolas Recipe – Eggless Kormolas - Goan Christmas Recipes

Kormolas recipe
Kormolas is a Goan special Christmas sweets recipe. Traditionally the Christmas goodies, called kuswar are specially prepared by the Catholics in Goa and are distributed to neighbors, friends and relatives during Christmas. It is very similar to Kulkul/ Gala Gala in ingredients and the method of preparation. But its shape is different. Authentically Kormolas is prepared with all purpose flour, sugar, egg, semolina and coconut milk. 

But I tried an eggless version following the recipe of Hilda’s Touch of Spice. It came out really well with a crunchy taste even without egg and tasted mildly sweet. Though I couldn’t make proper shapes, we loved its taste very much. Friends do try this easy, yummy Kormolas recipe during this Christmas. I am sure your family members would enjoy it to the core. Lets see how to make this Goan special Christmas sweet recipe – KORMOLAS with step by step pictures.

Check out my Kerala special Achappam/Rose cookies recipe and Goan KULKUL/KALKAL too. 

Kormolas recipe

Kormolas Recipe - Eggless Version

Kormolas Recipe - Eggless Version How to make Goan special Christmas sweet KORMOLAS without egg
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 30 
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml , 1 tbsp - 15ml , 1 tsp - 5ml
  • All purpose flour/Maida - 1 cup (Levelled)
  • Sugar - 1/3 cup ( Powder the sugar)
  • Melted butter or melted ghee – 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Water or coconut milk - as needed
  • Vanilla Essence - Few drops
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry
  • Powder the sugar and keep aside. Take a wide bowl and add maida, salt and powdered sugar.( If you powder 1/3 cup of sugar, you will get around 1/2 cup. Use all the sugar.) Mix well and check for taste. If sweetness is less, add more powdered sugar as per your taste.
Kormolas recipe
  • Melt the ghee and let it become warm. Add it to the maida mixture and make a crumbly mixture. Ghee should spread all over the maida.
Kormolas recipe

  • Now add milk little by little( I used 2 tbsp) and make a dough like a thick, non-sticky roti dough. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Keep it covered.( Suppose if you have added more water, add little maida and correct the dough)

  • Divide the dough into 2 balls. Take one ball and dust it lightly with maida. Roll it thin to a circle. Trim the edges to bring square shape. Cut into small squares. Make shapes immediately. Do not dry it for long time.
Kormolas recipe
Kormolas recipe
  • Take one square and join one of the opposite edges. Pull the other two edges in the opposite direction and join them. Make a twist at both the ends to give a bud like shape. If you don’t twist it properly, it will open up while frying. Please refer the pictures below to get the idea.
Kormolas recipe
Kormolas recipe
Kormolas recipe
  • Heat cooking oil and test it by dropping a pinch of dough.It should rise on top immediately.( If you are a beginner,make a trial by frying 1-2 before you put them in batches. Check whether it breaks in oil. If it breaks in oil, add little more maida and make the dough.)
Kormolas recipe
  • Lower the flame completely and drop a batch of kormolas at a time.Flame should be low to medium.Let them cook for few minutes till one side turns light golden brown. Flip it and cook the other side till light golden brown. Don’t wait for all the bubbles to cease because kormolas will cook even after removing from the oil. So remove it as soon as it turns golden. While you take out from the oil,it looks & tastes soft.  But when it cools down completely, it will become super crunchy and becomes dark in color too. So please wait till it cools down to enjoy its best taste. Cook the remaining kormolas in batches. Adjust the flame from low to medium whenever needed.
Kormolas recipe
Store in an air tight box after it cools down completely. It stays good for a week or two.Enjoy this crispy and yummy snack with your family !
  • Suppose if you add excess milk and make the dough very sticky, add some more maida to it.
  • If you add more ghee, Kormolas will break in oil. So add the mentioned amount.
  • If the heat of oil is more, the color of kormolas turn golden brown quickly without cooking inside. So deep fry them in low to medium heat oil for uniform cooking.
  • Kormolas will absorb more oil if you fry them in low insufficient heat. So deep fry in proper heat.

Enjoy this crispy Goan special Christmas sweet at home !! Merry Christmas !
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February 7, 2017

Eggless Dates Cake With Wheat Flour & Oats | Eggless Whole Wheat Dates Cake Recipe

Eggless dates cake
I had a pack of black dates lying in my pantry for months. I found dates cake would be the best option to finish off the leftover. So I tried it following THIS healthy, no egg, no butter date cake recipe using  whole wheat flour and instant oats. Its an eggless whole wheat dates cake with oats. 

As this cake recipe is without butter, condensed milk I was doubtful about the texture of cake and flavor. But to my surprise, it came out very well with an awesome flavor just like Christmas fruit cake.
It tasted great and secured 100 marks in my home. Yeah Raksha and Sendhil loved it a lot. Unless you say, no one could find out that this cake is made with dates, whole wheat flour and oats. Its texture was very soft and spongy. 

As my cake had cracks on top, I have given some suggestions below to avoid it. This cake can be made in pressure cooker as well. I strongly recommend everyone to try this recipe at home to enjoy a gluten free cake without maida/ all purpose flour. I am sure its result won’t disappoint you. You can add chopped walnuts, cashews and almonds to make it more healthy. So try this healthy, guilt free, eggless dates cake recipe at home for this Christmas (Indian Khajoor cake) and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make it with step by step photos.

Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour

Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour & oats

Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour & oats How to make eggless dates cake with whole wheat flour and quick cooking instant oats
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Cakes
Serves: 12 
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 40 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Whole wheat flour - 3/4 cup ( I used Aashrivad atta)
  • Quick cooking oats - 3/4 cup ( I used Quaker )
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup ( Granulated)
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp ( levelled, Weikfiled brand)
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp ( levelled, Bakers brand)
  • Black or brown Dates - 20 nos ( Deseeded, chopped & ground)
  • Boiled milk - 1.5 cups
  • Cooking oil - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

  • Deseed, chop and grind the dates in batches. Heat 1.5 cups of milk and add the ground dates to the hot milk. Let it soak for 10 minutes. If using brown dates, soak for 30 minutes. In the mean time, mix the dry ingredients.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • Add vanilla essence and cooking oil to the soaked dates + milk. Mix well with a whisk.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • In a wide bowl, take the whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Mix well.
    Eggless dates cake
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture. Mix well with a whisk. Do not over beat. Just mix gently in one direction. Cake batter looks thick but pourable. See the picture below.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • Grease a baking pan ( I used loaf pan) with oil and pour the cake batter till 3/4th of the pan. Preheat oven in convection mode at 180c. Keep the baking pan inside the oven.Bake the cake for 30 - 35 minutes. Insert  a toothpick or back of a spoon in the center of cake. If the spoon comes out clean, cake is done. If not, bake for another 5 minutes.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • I baked for 40 minutes but cake had cracks on top and the crust was slightly roasted. So I feel 35 minutes baking time would be enough. So keep an eye after 30 minutes. Remove the baking pan and let the cake cool down completely. Do not try to remove the cake. It will break.
  • After the cake is cooled down, run a knife on the sides of cake and invert the pan on a plate. Just pat it. Cake comes off easily. Make slices and enjoy ! Cake tastes more sweet on first day. But it tasted perfect the next day. This cake stays good for 2 days. Store in an airtight box. No need to refrigerate.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
Its a great teatime snack ! Enjoy !!


  • Add more dates and less sugar if you want natural sweetness in the cake.
  • Do not skip vanilla essence as it gives a nice smell when combined with dates.
  • Baking time depends on the heat of oven. Keep an eye after 30 minutes and check with a spoon. Do not over bake.
  • This cake is too soft and moist. It may break or crumble. Cut slices carefully!
  • If using brown dates, soak for 30 minutes in milk.
  • Do not grind all the dates in one time. It will stuck to the walls of mixer. So chop the dates and grind 4-5 in one batch.
Enjoy this super soft, moist, guilt free, eggless dates cake recipe ~!
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December 31, 2016

Eggless Vanilla Cake With Gulab Jamun Mix – Recipes With Gulab Jamun Powder

Cake recipe with gulab jamun mix
During Diwali, I shared a post on how to make Gulab jamun using store bought, Instant MTR gulab jamun mix. As I got two packets of gulab jamun powder in buy one get one offer, I had another pack of gulab jamun mix leftover in my pantry. 

As I had already shared a jamun kofta gravy recipe, I was looking for some other interesting recipes with gulab jamun mix and came across this eggless vanilla sponge cake recipe. I tried the recipe with small changes and the cake came out super soft, spongy and moist. Raksha loved it a lot and took it for her school Christmas & New year party. She said, all the cake pieces vanished in no time and it got rave reviews from her friends. I was very happy and wanted to share this easy, foolproof  eggless vanilla cake recipe with you all. 

So I made this as my first ever guest post in my blogger buddy Lubna Karim’s blog “ Yummy Food”. Today I have shared the same recipe with step by step photos. Friends, If you are looking for some easy, yummy recipes using left over gulab jamun mix, this is one of the best options. Do try it for this New year celebration and enjoy ! Its a best teatime cake recipe. Ok, Lets see how to make eggless vanilla sponge cake recipe using gulab jamun mix. 

With this cake recipe, I am signing off this year 2016. I thank all my readers and friends for your continuous support and encouragement. With new hopes and dreams, I will catch you all in New year 2017 with a sweet recipe. 

I Wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR 2017 !!

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December 23, 2016

Easy, 2 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe With Condensed Milk

Chocolate fudge with condensed milk
I have never thought that making homemade chocolate fudge is so easy until I come across THIS easy, microwave chocolate fudge recipe with just 2 ingredients. As I wanted to share some easy recipe for Christmas & New year celebrations,  I thought of posting this simple dessert recipe with you all. Basically old fashioned homemade fudge is made using cocoa powder, sugar, milk, butter and vanilla extract from scratch. But this is an easy and quick Chocolate fudge recipe with just 2 ingredients - Sweetened Condensed milk & Choco chips. It came out really well with soft, chewy texture. I have used microwave to melt the Choco chips. It can be done on stove top as well.You can make any number of variations in this recipe by adding nuts, raisins, variety of choco chips like dark, milk choco chips etc. Do try this easy homemade vanilla chocolate fudge recipe with condensed milk. I am sure you will love it a lot. Lets see how to make this easy chocolate fudge using 2 ingredients with step by step photos and a video !

easy chocolate fudge

Easy chocolate fudge recipe

Easy chocolate fudge recipe Easy chocolate fudge recipe with condensed milk and Choco chips - 2 ingredient fudge recipe in microwave
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 20 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 1 Minutes
Total time: 6 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml or 250ml
  • Choco chips - 1 cup ( Dark or milk Choco chips)
  • Sweetened condensed milk - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp ( optional)

  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper or thermal foil sheet.
  • In a bowl, take choco chips ( I used 1/2 cup of dark choco chips & 1/2 cup of milk choco chips) and sweetened condensed milk. Mix well
    easy chocolate fudge
  • Microwave in high power (800w) for just 1 minute. Remove the bowl and mix well with a spatula till all the Choco chips melt completely. Add Vanilla essence and mix quickly. Mixture will start to thicken.
    easy chocolate fudge
  • Immediately transfer the mixture to the baking pan. Level it with a spatula and pat it twice. Refrigerate the fudge for 1 hour.
    easy chocolate fudge
  • Invert the fudge in a plate and peel the butter paper. Cut into squares and serve ! It stays good for 2-3 days without refrigeration.
    easy chocolate fudge
Enjoy !

  • I used a combination of dark & milk Choco chips in this recipe. You can use any as u wish.
  • Do not replace sweetened condensed milk with evaporated milk.It won’t work
  • Do not cook the mixture for more than 1 minute in microwave. Its enough for the Choco chips to melt. If not, keep for  just 30 seconds more.
  • For variations, you can add finely chopped nuts, raisins, pecans to the melted chocolate.Just play around.

Enjoy this easy, yummy chocolate fudge for Christmas & New year celebrations !!
The below picture is fudge after a bite !
2 ingredient chocolate fudge
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