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Monday, 26 July 2010

Rum (& Potato!) Truffles



Given the addiction my husband and I have to chocolate, it may not be a surprise that we needed to find a way to feed our habit while on holiday. One ubiquitous product in both Danish and Greenlandic bakeries was the rum truffle.

Rum truffles

They had a slightly different texture to the ganache- or cake-based truffles I've made before, which was a mystery until someone mentioned that Danish baking often includes potato.

A couple of weeks later, in an English-language book shop in Copenhagen, I was flicking through a book of potato recipes and found a recipe for rum truffles, made from mashed potato. Putting two and two together, I decided to have a go. This is a variant on that recipe.

The bakery versions tended to be huge (in which case this recipe would make about four!) but I usually prefer to have a smaller treat.

Truffle ingredients 


Rum Truffles
Makes about 16

one medium (4oz/100g) potato
8oz/200g dark chocolate
8oz/200g icing sugar
2tbsp dark rum
sugar sprinkles to decorate
  1. Peel and chop the potato, and steam or boil until cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate (I have a special chocolate-melting machine, but a small bowl over a pan of boiling water will do fine).

  3. Mash the potato in a mixing bowl, then mix in the melted chocolate. Add the rum, and stir until combined.

  4. Add the icing sugar, a little at a time, and gradually combine into the potato/chocolate mixture. It will still be quite wet at this stage.

  5. Put the bowl in the fridge for half an hour.

  6. When you take it out again, it should have firmed up. Give it a stir to soften it up again.

  7. Roll into small balls using your fingertips (the warmth of your hands will soften the mixture again, to make nice round shapes).

  8. Roll the truffles in sugar sprinkles, and arrange on a plate. Chill in the fridge for a few minutes more before eating.



30 comments:

Midday Escapades said...

Did you say rum, potato and truffles? Holy smokes, is it legal to combine those three. Sounds and looks delicious! Happy kayaking today and thanks for stopping over for FMY at my place.

Lynn

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love the colorful confettie toppings. They look like jewelry! Yum.
Mary

Liz said...

Sounds yummy...

Emma said...

They look gorgeous but I'm not convinced about the potato part!!!

Katie said...

Lethal combination indeed! Those look amazing!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always liked the word truffles simply because it rhymes with ruffles. Dumb, I know.

Me, Myself and Pie said...

Beautiful truffles! Great job. I can't believe it contains potato!

Mrsshilts said...

ohh they look well tasty!

Melissa B. said...

Oh, yummy! Ella Numera Dos and I are on a baking kick...I think we'll try these out later this week. Thanks!

One 2 Try said...

Wow what a combination. I will have to try these. It is so nice to meet you. Thanks for participating in Fancy Meeting You. Rita from One 2 Try.

ScoMan said...

Potato and chocolate?

Interesting combination...

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

It would have never occurred to me to combine chocolate and potato. They sure do look yummy.

smilla4blogs said...

There's that learning curve...with delicious looking results!

Deirdre said...

I wouldn't have thought to ever use a potato with sweets. This is neat.

Dedene said...

I'm trying to keep an open mind about putting potatoes in chocolate truffles! How were they?

cornflakegirl74 said...

Holy cannoli--those truffles look delish. Thanks for a great recipe, I'll have to try these :)

Sandra said...

Looks good...and it's got chocolate so how could you go wrong. How is the texture? I guess I'll have to give these a try!

rockinloubylou said...

OMG. there are some recipes I should not be told about for my own good.

Mhel said...

potato? sounds interesting. ive heard of chocolate covered potato chips, so i am sure this is quite a treat as the chips... what a great innovation... U

Mhel said...

thanks for dropping by and for your sympathy too. hugging you back... U

Travis Erwin said...

As a reincarnated pirate I believe in all things rum.

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

These sound amazing! I love the idea of putting potato in there!

As for Mulholland Drive - well, it was unmistakably Lynch! Not my favourite though; it left me with that 'huh?' feeling that isn't always good after over 2 hours of cinematic investment! I highly recommend Wild At Heart, though, if you haven't seen it already - definitely my favourite Lynch number :-)

Holly said...

Seriosuly intrigued. I am copying the recipe right now...I want to try these!

carma said...

these are awesome. My husband makes them once a year to go on his German mocha cake

christine said...

I was amazed when you mentioned these to me, but will try them when I've worked my way through the remainder of the mix I made for Daddy's birthday;-)

The recipe for the easy vegan chocoate almond truffles will be up shortly on my blog xx

http://cadugdale.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Potatoes? No way! They look amazing!

Holly said...

I made these this weekend...YUMMY! OH MY GOSH - so good.

Jerri said...

They certainly look cute! Very interesting recipe!

Hanna said...

Hi there! I am your newest follower from the blog hop! Lovely blog you have:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

This is amazing. I cook a lot and love interesting recipes. I think I'll try this

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Wow, what in interesting recipe; can't wait to give it a try!

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