These are my version of Canadian Living’s Really Good Rum Balls which I wanted to add to my plate of holiday goodies for my friends because one of my friends tries to avoid carbs. Most rum balls are made with cookies but these ones are made with ground almonds bumping up the protein and bringing down the carb count.
So I cheated a bit when I made these. The recipe calls for 3 oz of bittersweet chocolate, grated. I tried but with my shoulder injury and hand pain, I just could not to it. I coarsely chopped the chocolate and put it in a food processor with the ground almonds, chocolate and icing sugar.
I pulsed in the rum and vanilla. I used a pale rum because I did not have dark.
Oh dear, very grainy and not just because of the nuts. I was afraid that was going to happen. I put the bowl of grainy goo in the microwave on 50% power for 20 seconds. Then I took it out and stirred to combine. I did this around five times and it saved the day! I chilled until firm.
I set up the “rolling station” by getting out the chocolate mixture and two small bowls, one containing more rum and the other the essential chocolate sprinkles. I had this mixture made ahead of time when I realized I had no chocolate sprinkles and it sat in the fridge for days until I was able to get out and get some. I wanted them to really look like traditional rum balls. I created a small ball of chocolate and rolled it in the rum and then the sprinkles. They can get too wet so make sure to add new sprinkles as you go.
I gave them some time to dry out and then added them as the last treat to my Christmas plate for my friends:
So here is my sweet holiday bounty this year: holiday hazelnut cookies, lemon sunshine thumbprint cookies, Latvian piragi, orange chocolate truffles and fudgy pinwheel cookies. I think I did pretty darn well and included a lot of variety of flavours and kinds of treats this year. The rum balls were pretty fantastic (not to mention strong!). Very chocolatey with fabulous nutty texture and chocolate sprinkles crunchy, I give them four out of five wooden spoons.
I hope everyone had a delicious and fabulous holiday this year! May we have many foodie successes in 2011.