Lamashtu was an ancient Mesopotamian demon who stalked pregnant women and killed their babies. So what could be a better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day” than with fudge Lamashtu amulets (my mother’s suggestions: my presence at home, dinner, anything but fudge, which she “doesn’t like anyway”). A lot of Lamashtu amulets are beautiful and intricately made, but the ones I’m mimicking are like those below, with scratched on images, and imitation inscriptions:
Many of these are made of clay, which makes the use of fudge eminently sensible (as it so often is).
Begin by making the fudge. Now, since I am tired and a little ill, and mainly because I discovered a giant bag of mini-marshmallows at the back of my cupboard, I’ll be making this with cheat’s fudge:
- 150ml of evaporated milk
- 300g granulated sugar
- 30g butter
- 100g mini marshmallows
- 200g milk chocolate chips
- Line a brownie tin with tin foil.
- Measure out the chocolate chips and mini-marshmallows into a bowl and set aside.
- Combine the sugar, evaporated milk and butter in a heavy duty pan, and bring to a rolling boil over medium heat for five minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from the heat, and pour in the marshmallows and chocolate chips immediately, stirring quickly until they’re combined and the mixture is beginning to set. Pour into the brownie tin, and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, make templates for the amulets. The British Museum has quite a few Lamashtu amulets on their online database, and they come with the additional benefit that the measurements of the amulets are given, so you can make them exactly the right size. What could be better?
Once the fudge has set, cut out the amulets using the templates, and carve on the images with a sharp knife. And you’re done. If that didn’t waste anywhere near enough time, you can always arrange the remaining fudge to look like plano-convex bricks.
Next time – royal game of Ur chocolate cake. Imitating the inlay on this will take quite a bit of chocolate work, so it may take me a little longer than a week to post again. I bet you can’t wait.