For the longest time, I have always, always loved a type of rich, thick chocolate truffles I know as chocolate rum ball. I used to buy it from a bakery near my home when I was younger and then later, the bakery closed down. Over the years, I would search bakery after bakery for my favourite chocolate rum ball but I’d never get to find any that’s as good as the ones sold by the bakery I used to frequent as a child.
It struck me recently that I could make my own chocolate rum ball. I could put whatever I want in it to make it taste as good as the ones I loved. Or so I thought. I googled for the recipe and could find any. So, finally, after reading millions (okay, maybe it was around ten but it felt like millions) of chocolate truffles recipe I suddenly realised that I could make my favourite chocolate rum balls without needing to bake at all.
Why is it called chocolate rum ball? Err…well…because the cake used has rum in it..err…I guess. And it is shaped like a ball and it is chocolate. So, it’s chocolate rum ball. Although, many bakeries now just call it chocolate ball. For me, it is just a sort of chocolate truffle. A small version tennis ball size round chocolate truffle.
Alright, alright. Enough of my scribbles already. Here’s my simple, no-bake recipe (read: with cheating involved..heheheh).
Chocolate Truffle / Chocolate Rum Ball Recipe
1 cup old rum fruit cake, crumbled (heheh, didn’t I say it’s a ‘cheat’ recipe?Anyway, I hate fruit cake and there is a whole loaf of rum fruit cake that was left languishing in the fridge so I might as well put it to good use)
8oz unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces for easier melting
4 tbsp butter, softened
3 tbsp finely ground peanuts
2 tbsp colourful chocolate rice
2 tbsp finely ground peanuts
1. Place the butter and chocolate in a bowl and either you melt it in a heatproof bowl over a boiling pan of water or you place it in the microwave on high for about 3 minutes.
7. Refrigerate it for about 30 minutes to an hour or until it is firm but not too hard.
9. Then, dip it into the chocolate rice or ground peanuts or even cocoa powder to coat it.
These are great as dessert, snacks or even to impress your guests. They need never know that you..err…sorta cheated. Using rum fruit cake gave the truffles a rich rum flavour and yes, the chocolate goes very very well with all the fruit in the fruit cake. Biting into one of these gives you a taste of rum, the sweetness of raisins and other dried fruits and nicely brought together by the rich dark chocolate.
Of course, alternatively, you can always use leftover sponge cake, chocolate cake or any other cake you have. If you want it to be richer, just add some double cream and you will get a richer smoother truffle. I just could not be bothered with cream. For one thing, it is not something easily available here and for another thing, these chocolate truffles are sinful enough, no need to add to it with cream!