Thursday, 21 October 2010

A Little Jamaica

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!!!


Dawn said...

THAT looked like one fun time in the kitchen:)
Liked your helper too:))

Thanks for the recipe!

'Joyce' said...

oh yummy! we make them at Christmas for gifts, they are delish and yes, its very intoxicating. *hiccup*

Nikki said...

Hope you have a lovely night out with the craft girls.
I love rum balls at Christmas and so do the kids ;D

Heidi said...

I'm going to have to try those, your night sounds like my craft day!
we got alot done today and visiting is always fun!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...


Green thumb said...

Oh yews, I remember your rhum ball. I thik we've already spoken about this recipe in the past, my mum makes fresh balls with Ricotta cheese, sugar, cocoa powder and coconut..not so handy for being given, as they need to be stored into the fridge :)
By the way...extremely yummy!

delia hornbook said...

i make these a lot at xmas time but i would never have thought about adding the mixed fruit i love that idea will def be trying this one. Lol bless her its the best bit licking out the bowl even with the rum ;-)) Dee

Nadine said...

sounds and looks yummy, thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoyed your evening out :) xx

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Yum Yum Pigs Bum! They look so delicious - did not know they were so easy to make - I shall give them a whirl! xx

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

yummy, I would like to try these with baileys - But how big is a cup? I noticed in the pic you seem to have a 'cup' measure? thanks... I might try this at the weekend if I can work out a cup measure.