Rum balls

My sister invented this recipe and they are the yummiest rum balls I’ve ever tasted. I highly recommend these for your next Christmas celebration – they’re sure to be a hit with your guests!

Rum balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack Milk Arrowroot biscuits, finely crushed
  • 2 tabs cocoa
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • Extra desiccated coconut, to decorate
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Bundaberg rum

Method:

  1. Soak fruit in rum until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Mix cocoa, desiccated coconut, sultanas and crushed Arrowroot biscuits until well combined.
  3. Add condensed milk and, if necessary, more rum to taste. Refrigerate until firm.
  4. Roll mixture into small balls, then toss them in extra desiccated coconut.
  5. Refrigerate the rum balls until ready to serve.

Rum balls

Mulled wine

Mulled wine

Ingredients:

  • 3 bottles (2.25L) cheap red wine (Lambrusco is good)
  • 2 cloves
  • 5 inch stick cinnamon
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 9oz (250g) sugar cubes
  • 1 pint (600ml) dark rum or brandy

Method:

  1. Put wine and grated lemon rind into a large pan and heat gently.
  2. Stir in the lemon and orange juices.
  3. Pack sugar cubes into a stainless steel sieve and set it across the top of the pan.
  4. Warm the rum/brandy slowly and pour over some sugar.
  5. Set fire to it, adding more rum from time to time to keep flames alight.
  6. When all the sugar has melted, stir well and serve.

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