Thursday, December 24, 2009

On the twelfth day of Christmas (Rum and Raisin Truffles)

One more sleep until Christmas people - is everyone ready for Santa? Have you got the cookies and milk ready? Don't forget the carrots for the reindeer!

I think we are all ready to go, we have prepared our desserts (chocolate cheesecake, ice-cream sandwiches and some fruit mince pies), got all the ingredients for a great BBQ, put the presents under the tree and stuffed the stockings. So yes I think we are good to go.

I am going to post a round up of the 12 Baking Days of Christmas tomorrow, but in the mean time here is the last recipe in the series - rum and raisin truffles. Very easy to make, extremely decadent and again they make great gifts. Enjoy!

Rum and Raisin Truffles (unknown source)
Makes approximately 45 (I made mine larger so got about 25)

120g raisins
75g flaked almonds, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup rum
400g dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup thickened cream
300g dark chocolate, melted
30g copha
60g white chocolate, melted
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cocoa powder
  1. Combine raisins and rum in a small saucepan over a medium heat, stir until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Combine 400g of dark chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in raisin mixture and 1/2 the chopped almonds. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Take truffle mixture and from 15 bite sized balls, place on a lined baking tray. Roll each ball in remaining chopped almonds, gently pressing almonds to adhere.
  4. Roll slightly smaller sized balls and place on another lined tray. Place in freezer for 20 minutes, or until firm.
  5. Melt 300g dark chocolate, add copha and stir until smooth. Take off heat. Insert a bamboo skewer into ball and dip into chocolate to cover. Gently tap on side of bowl to remove excess. Place on tray, then repeat with remaining balls. Allow to set at room temperature.
  6. Combine melted white chocolate and oil. Drizzle over half the remaining truffles. Allow to set. Before serving, lightly dust remaining truffles with cocoa.

4 out of 5 reindeers!


Paris Pastry said...

Raisins, rum & chocolate; oh my! Would love to try some ;)! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

cookies and cups said...

those look so rich and yummy!

m.e (Cathie) said...

they definitely look decadent!
enjoy the festivities Alicia ♥

boots said...

yum yum super yum, merry christmas lovely lady!

Sue said...

WOW! I am baking with my niece today. I think we need to add these to the list. They look amazing! Merry Christmas to you and your family. I enjoy your blog and I look forward to

Miss Dot said...

4 out of 5 reindeers??? Stupendous!!

I loved your 12 baking days -- what a great idea! I look forward to the roundup tomorrow to see 'em all together.

Congrats on a great job!


Ash said...

I very very much like these!!!

Agnieszka said...

Hi Alicia, I don´t know how to begin ... your blog is so scrumptious and every recipe looks so great. These truffles here caught my special attention because chocolate, rum and raisins are perfect companions IMHO.

kanishk said...

those look so rich and yummy!

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