20 December 2013

Rum Balls

Rum balls take me back to my childhood. They remind me of school fetes, and the strange after-burn my young palette didn't understand when someone got a bit excited with the rum.

These are another super easy Christmas treat that can be made in no time at all, and with minimal stress. Sometimes I think the simplest things are the most successful.

I must insist you use the best cocoa you can get. It really effects the taste. Cadbury Bournville is fine, but if you can get some divine Dutch stuff use that. And a note: I always use natural coloured glace cherries. None of those alien looking artificial red & green ones, despite their festivity! The taste will actually be better I promise you.

And remember to warn anyone you give these too not to drive if they have to many!
  • cake crumbs (from a batch of basic cupcakes - use the lot)
  • 4 tbsp cocoa 
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup glace cherries, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp rum (dark obviously, not white - and something you would actually drink)
  • 4 tbsp jam (I used a mixed berry, but whatever is at hand is fine)
  • 1 - 2 cups chocolate sprinkles or desiccated coconut
Combine the cake crumbs, cocoa, sugar, cherries and rum in a bowl. Gently heat the jam over low heat or bung it in the microwave on medium for 20-40 seconds until it is nice and liquid. Stir this into the bowl.

You may need to add some extra jam (or rum if you fancy) if the mixture is too dry. It needs to be damp to get the sprinkles/coconut to stick.

Pinch off small amounts (think walnuts, or smaller if you like) and roll each one in the coconut/sprinkles. Make sure they are completely, and evenly, coated.

Place them in small patty cases if you want them to look all fancy for gifts, or just straight into the airtight container you'll use to store them in the fridge.

These will keep in the fridge for a month (all that rum keeping things fresh) and the taste probably benefits from a little time so the flavours can mellow.

rum balls

rum balls

rum balls