As part of my handmade christmas challenge I have included some yummies in the mix. First up is my Granny's Rum Balls. Granny passed away earlier this year and I will always remember making these fantastic Rum Balls with her - they are the best I have ever tasted. And even if you don't really like dried fruit or rum like me, these are still really tasty and they get better after a few days.
Ingredients: 1 tin of condensed milk, 8 weet bix/ vita brits, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of rum (more or less to taste), a cup of mixed dried fruit and dessicated coconut for rolling the balls in.
Method: Crush up the weetbix, combine them with the rest of the ingredients (except the coconut), cover with clingfilm and stand in the fridge for about half an hour. Remove from fridge and roll into golf ball sized balls then coat in coconut. yum.
Another family fave is my Mum's gingerbread - hehehehe - as previously mentioned. Our neighbour who is of German extraction reckons they are the best gingerbread he has ever eaten and was extremely excited today when I presented him with a big jar full! So here is the family secret revealed.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar, 3 cups of plain flour, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 125 grams butter, 4 tablespoons of golden syrup, 1 egg - lightly whisked.
Method: Sift dry ingredients in a bowl, rub in butter, add sugar and mix well. Slightly warm the golden syrup and add with the egg to the other ingredients. Knead until smooth and roll out to approx 3 mm thickness and cut into shapes. (If you wish to decorate with currants - do it now) Place on greased baking tray and bake in 190C oven for 10-15 mins until golden brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
Icing: Beat an egg white with enough icing sugar to form a reasonably stiff consistency that can still be passed through a piping bag. Colour mixture with whatever colours you wish and pipe onto gingerbread. This icing will set quite firm so make sure if you want to decorate with sugar decorations that you do so straight away.