Every now and then, I’ll be asked about ‘no-bake’ desserts- something that doesn’t need an oven to make. These ‘No Bake Chocolate and Old Monk Rum Balls’ fit right in when you want to impress, but with little effort. The irony of course is that you need to have leftover cake crumbs to make them, I had half of this Eggless Chocolate Cake left and used it to make the Rum Balls. I’ve seen loads of Rum Ball recipes that use biscuit crumbs, but I guess it’ll always be cake crumbs from leftover cake for me because that’s how I’ve grown up watching them being made. And the reason why I say ‘leftover’ is because the cake should be at least a day or two old, as this will ensure that there’s less moisture in the cake, making room for rum and condensed milk to be added! If you’d like to turn these into Chocolate Balls, then skip the rum completely, and replace it with condensed milk, or there’s always the option of adding rum essence instead of the rum.
A few things are absolutely sacrosanct for me – rum balls must have raisins that have been soaked in a bit of rum for some time so that they become plump with rum, and of course, the rum must be Old Monk! Really is there anything else that works for us Indians? But there’s a bit of condensed milk in there too. I’ve noticed that these are also really popular ‘cookies’ for Christmas, but people, I can have these all year round. You might also recognize this Chocolate Rum Ball recipe as the basis for how ‘cake pops’ are made, and right you are!
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we can’t really seem to get Rum Balls in bakeries and patisseries anymore. Is it because one now needs a liquor license for the tiny bit of alcohol that goes into them? My earliest memory of Rum Balls is from Pune’s Marz-O-Rin, but I find that they too now have only the chocolate ones. Have you noticed this too?
Much like the bittersweet flavour of the Rum Balls, I’ve had a bittersweet time these past few weeks. Work has been great, but I was shaken up after the death of Rajjat Barjatya of Rajshri Media, the company that owns the YouTube Channel ‘Get Curried’. It’s his faith in me that made me take the leap to face the camera for recipe videos. My mind has been flooded with memories of our chats, my first few shoots… but life goes on, right? And we carry memories of those that were part of the journey. On one hand, I’ve been looking back at my old videos, but it’s time for me to point you towards the latest that I shot for The Quint, for these very Rum Balls, here goes –