I'm off out tonight. Yes it is a rare event actually. I'm going to my stitch evening with friends and I'll be taking along my pillow swap cover to work on. How lovely it will be to catch up with everyone, I hope they all bring something to work on as I do like to see what others are making.
So today I whipped up a tray of rum balls to take with me. Would you like a very quick, simple recipe that only uses one bowl? Well follow No.4 and me then...
First you will need 100 grams of softened butter or margarine spread in our case. Yes these can be dairy and gluten free if you like! Cream the butter in a large bowl.
Add 2 cups of icing sugar, or confectioners sugar if you speak that language.
3 Tablespoons of cocoa. Why is there always a little ginger kitten in the photos whenever No.4 is helping?!! At least he's had a bath this time.
Add 3/4 cups of coconut. Are we feeling ever so slightly tropical yet? Can you feel that warmth on your face?
1/2 cup of sultanas, raisins or mixed fruit.
And now we add the little bit of Jamaica!! No it's too early to have a swig I'm afraid, well OK, if the kids really are driving you up the wall we'll allow it. If this isn't your flavour add whatever you jolly well like, it doesn't matter at all.
Grab a little ballerina and let her mix away to her heart's content. An apron might be a good idea. Whoops too late!
I'm hoping my little one isn't sent home from kindy this afternoon intoxicated!! She insisted on licking the beater! I only let her have one but I'm sure she was sneaking licks from the bowl. Oh gosh, my breath might smell too! Imagine what they will be thinking?
Anyway getting back to the recipe, roll the mixture into balls and throw them into small bowls of coconut, chocolate sprinkles or cocoa to coat them. Or all three like we did. The small one was rather keen to take the chocolate sprinkles bowl funnily enough. Pop them in the fridge to set and serve them in a dinky little dish. Sorry no photos of this stage yet. Too little time and not enough patience either.
This recipe is fabulous to make at Christmas time. Make a couple of batches, pop a pile into a cellophane bag, tie with festive ribbon and voila... you have a sweet little gift for a friend. Great for a teachers gift too. Just don't eat too many of them yourself!!!