October is on it’s way to being over and before we know it, the kids will be on holidays once again … time certainly flies! So today I thought I’d share my Rum Ball recipe because I often whip up a couple of batches and the kids present them to their teachers at the end of the term, just a little gift to say thank you for a great year.
What I usually do is buy a stack of Christmas mugs, bowls and dishes at the Boxing Day sales where you’ll pay as little as 50 cents for these things. Plain coloured cups like the green melamine cup in the photo from the Coles Cook and Dine range or similar items from $2 shops will work just as well. I also pick up a range of little decorations and Christmas ribbon, which I can use to make the gifts look really festive. And finally, the cellophane bags can be found in craft stores, kitchen shops or $2 shops.
- 1 pkt (250g) Marie Biscuits (or substitute with Arrowroot Biscuits or similar)
- 1 can (400g) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- ¼ cup cocoa (I used raw cacao)
- 2 ½ tablespoons rum
- extra desiccated coconut, (for rolling
- Place biscuits in food processor and blend until reduced to breadcrumb consistency.
- Add remaining ingredients (except extra desiccated coconut for rolling) and process until well blended.
- Wet your hands and then roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and then coat in coconut.
Clever Tricks, Tips and Hints …
- So you don’t get caught up in the end of school mayhem, make up the quantity you will need and freeze them for up to a month.
- Consider adding Rum Balls to a Cheese platter for a bit of variety.
- If you’re preparing them for a function or event I prefer to make them the day before so they have the chance to firm up nicely.
- If you would prefer not to send sweet items containing alcohol to school, here are some other ball recipes that have featured on the blog and would substitute as a teacher’s gift perfectly.