Thursday, March 3, 2016

Rum Balls

There is a local bakery - Swiss Alps Bakery that has the most delicious rum balls that Alona got slightly addicted to... so we decided to try to make some ourselves!
We used this recipe here: http://www.marthastewart.com/351250/rum-balls
These turned out really great! They are not quite the same as the ones that Swiss Alps makes, but it's close. There is definitely more rum in these.
the chocolate sprinkled ones turned out the best
Completed rum balls!
just out of the oven

foamy egg/chocolate mixture prior to flour addition

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 large eggs
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark rum
Coarse sanding sugar, for rolling
Vegetable oil, cooking spray

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Melt butter and chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
2. Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour. Pour batter into prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake until top is shiny and a cake tester inserted into center comes out with some crumbs attached, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
3. Break up brownie into small pieces; transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With machine on low speed, pour in rum, and mix until crumbs start to come together to form a ball.
4. Shape into 1-inch balls, and roll in sanding sugar to coat. Transfer to a baking sheet; refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 2 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

What we liked:

The rum balls turned out really good! Relatively quick and easy to make and they can be adjusted for any holiday by just varying the sprinkle/sugar color. Although, the chocolate sprinkles definitely taste the best (we just ran out of them, so used the different colored sugars we had). This definitely satisfies the chocolate craving!

What we didn't like:

A little strong on the rum, might want to try to substitute something else if serving to children or bringing to work.

What Kaspian thought about it:

He tried a chocolate covered sprinkle one and a green sugar one and he decided to eat the chocolate sprinkled one! And that meant choosing one that wasn't green. Kaspian LOVES the color green. Him choosing the chocolate sprinkle one tells you how much better those taste!

Next time:

Try less rum or a substitute. Maybe a lighter alcohol like Kahlua would work? Also, dipping them in chocolate to create a chocolate coat might be something interesting to try.