Saturday, 13 December 2014

Rum Ball Trifle

Rum ball trifle
So many jokes about balls to be made.
For week 3 of my Four Weeks of Christmas baking, I have for you another Cassie Cakes original - Rum Ball Trifle! Sometimes I feel as though Christmas might be loving me back. When I was dreaming up this one, I was musing to a friend of mine how I would like to make mini trifles and she said that she recently had spied mini trifle dishes at a very expensive homewares shop. I got online and saw them and I ummed and ahed over whether to splash out on them. Would I ever use them again? Should I be spending that much before Christmas on some very specific bowls?
Rum ball trifle
Ah rum. The only time I ever use you is in rum balls.

Well, I needn't have worried. Days after the conversation about mini trifle dishes, I got the very excited call from my friend - she was at a store that sold 6 mini trifle dishes for $7! Can you believe it? What are the chances? You tell me! What are the chances!? See. Christmas loves me back. And my lovely friend does too for buying some for me.
My lovely KitchenAid processor.

So I've never been one for traditional trifle. The cake goes soggy. I don't like jelly and custard together. It's got gross tinned fruit in it. It's just naff and gross and no one should eat it anymore. Yet when I was thinking of what I could make, trifle kept popping up in my head. Trifle, trifle, trifle. Time to give the old nasty trifle a makeover.
Rum ball trifle
The life stages of a rum ball.

I think I made trifle even more Christmassy. This trifle has rum balls in it! And layers of silky cheesecake mix, raspberries, chocolate ganache then topped with grated chocolate. All of those things are amazing on their own so imagine their powers combined. This trifle is epic in Captain Planet proportions.  
Rum ball trifle
One little rum ball...

Rum ball trifle
Lots of little rum balls! ... balls.

If you get given rum balls over the season or purchase them at a bake sale, this would be a great use for them but they really are very easy to make so either way. Start by making the rumballs then set them in the fridge to firm up. Rum balls are a great kids in the kitchen activity. It's really fun to get your hands all sticky and coconuty. Mr Cakes was very vocal in his opposition to the rum in rum balls but I told him to shush up and trust me. And in the end, he loved them. I put 1.5 tablespoons of rum in. Put as much or as little as you want.
Rum ball trifle
Ta da! Little rum ball all snug in his bed of cheesecake and ganache.

You might have rum balls left over, depending on what dish you choose to serve the trifle in, so you could gift them to others...if you don't eat them all. I have to confess there are only two left in our fridge and I'm probably going to eat those in a few minutes.

Rum ball trifle
How lucky was I to get those bowls.

Once the rum balls are in the fridge, make a simple ganache from chocolate and cream. I did this on the stove top but if you're nervous about the chocolate burning or seizing, melt it in a double boiler - a heatproof bowl over some simmering water. Or it's just as easy to do it in the microwave by melting the chocolate in 30 second bursts and stirring the cream in. Any way will work. So make the ganche then put that in the fridge to cool slightly. You'll still want it to be runny to pour over but by the time the next step is complete, it will be perfect.
Rum ball trifle
That bauble is pretending to be a rum ball. Go home, bauble. You're drunk.

Personally, I've never been a big fan of custard and cream that traditionally goes into a trifle. It's very old fashioned and a bit blah. What I am a fan of is cheesecake! Yum! So I decided to put a cheesecake mix into my trifle in the place of custard. Beat together cream cheese with icing sugar and vanilla, then in a separate bowl whip cream. Fold the cream into the cream cheese and viola! Cheesecake. So delicious. I could eat this with a spoon.
Rum ball trifle
WAIT! It would be the rum balls that were drunk! Not the bauble!

Then it's on to assembly. Put a big dollop of the cheesecake into your trifle dishes, you could do this in a big trifle dish or even some pretty champagne glasses then arrange some raspberries on top. Break up some rum balls and pour some ganache on top then top with another big dollop of the cheesecake mix and then some grated chocolate on top. You'll have ganache left over so you can pour more on top as required after serving.
Rum ball trifle
Rum balls be drunk as hell, losing shoes and stuff.

So there you have it. My take on trifle. The rum ball trifle. You can make these a few days before and have it ready to go on Christmas day - one less thing to worry about.
Rum ball trifle
There you have it, Rum Ball Trifle.

Next week is week four! And I have something special planned for the pièce de résistance.

Have a look back at the weeks of Christmas Baking past:
Week 1 of Four Weeks of Christmas Baking: Christmas Star Cherry Tart with Cinnamon Honey Roasted Macadamia Ice Cream
Week 2 of Four Weeks of Christmas Baking: Raspberry Jam Drops
Week 4 of Four Weeks of Christmas Baking: Eggnog Cake

Rum Ball Trifle

Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Total time:  20 mins
Servings: 4 plus extra rum balls
Rum Balls
250g plain sweet biscuits - I used Milk Arrowroot
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling
395g can sweetened condensed milk
1-3 tablespoons rum, according to taste

200g milk chocolate

1/2 cup thickened cream

Cheesecake Mix
1/2 cup thickened cream
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

125g Raspberries
to serve
Chocolate curls to garnish

Rum Balls
  1. Crush biscuits to a fine crumb in a food processor
  2. Add to a large bowl with cocoa and coconut and mix thoroughly to combine
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk and rum and mix til all combined
  4. Roll tablespoon sized portions of the mix into a ball then roll in extra coconut.
  5. Once all the mix has been made into balls, place in fridge

  1. Melt chocolate in a small saucepan or in a bowl over simmering water. Remove from heat
  2. Add cream and stir well until smooth
  3. Decant into jug and place in fridge til required.

Cheesecake Mix
  1. Whip cream with electric beaters til soft peaks form, about 3 to 4 minutes on high
  2. In a separate large bowl, add cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla and beat with electric beaters til smooth
  3. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mix til smooth

  1. Place a layer of cheesecake mix in the bottom of the bowls
  2. Arrange a layer of raspberries on top of the cheesecake mix, pressing them gently into the mix
  3. Break the rumballs in half and arrange on top of the raspberries
  4. Pour a generous amount of ganache on to the rum balls
  5. Fill to the top with cheesecake mix and garnish with chocolate curls




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