Christmas treats

5 12 2010

While Benno sat his JLPT N2 exam today, I created Christmas truffles.

I made non-alcoholic rum balls:

Rum Balls

280g (approx. 3 cups) cake crumbs
3 T apricot jam
3T cocoa
1T orange juice (or 1T rum)

1. Mix together cake crumbs, cocoa, jam, juice (or rum) in a processor until a stiff paste is formed.
2. Roll into about 24 balls.
3. Roll the balls in cocoa or coconut; dip the balls into melted chocolate or cover with a little fondant and decorate like a mini pudding with a cherry.

and fruity truffles:

Fruity Truffles

1/4 c dates
1/2 c sultanas
1/2 c figs
1/4 c glace cherries
2T orange juice
60g hazelnuts or other nut
90g plain cake
60g cooking chocolate
1/2 c icing sugar

1. Place fruit in a bowl with 1T orange juice. Mix and stand for 10 minutes.
2. Process nuts, then cake crumbs, then fruits.
3. Place in bowl and add melted chocolate, sugar and remaining orange juice. Mix well.
4. Shape into balls.
5. Roll in chopped nuts or crushed digestive biscuit crumbs.