Thursday, April 5, 2012

First the pork, now the balls

I’ve gotten a lot of lovely messages from readers who made the Cranberry Pork Roast recipe I shared from Getting Dumped and managed not to burn down their homes. Way to go!

For those who’ve been asking (or for those who prefer a culinary experiment that doesn’t involve turning on an oven), I’d like to share the no-bake White Chocolate Apricot Balls that are also featured in the story. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Apricot Balls
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 2 cups dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces of white chocolate (look in the baking section, or just a regular old bar of white chocolate will do. You can even try white chocolate chips if you can't find anything else)
This is pretty much the easiest recipe on the planet if you have a food processor. Throw the almonds and powdered sugar in the processor and pulse until the almonds are finely ground. Don't go too crazy or you'll end up with almond butter. Once you've done the nuts, (snicker) throw in the dried apricots and pulse until they're chopped up nice and small. After that, dump in the rum, vanilla, orange zest, and white chocolate. Pulse again until everything's nice and blended.

Here comes the fun part...

Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray. Then grab a handful of the goo in the food processor and make a ball. You should have enough to form 20-24 balls, so get rolling.

Spread them out on a baking sheet, but don't bake them. Chill them in the fridge for a couple hours (though if you're impatient like me, you can start gobbling them up right away – they just won't be firm at that point, and isn't it always best to wait 'til something's satisfactorily firm?)

So there you go – another recipe from Getting Dumped. Those of you who read the first episode may be interested to know episode #2 is right around the corner. Those who haven't read it yet can find it here on Kindle.

Happy eating! (And reading).

5 comments :

B. WHITTINGTON said...

These sound delicious. I'm off sweets for awhile so I'll have to save recipe for later on.
I love anything apricot.
Thanks for sharing.
Barb

Sierra said...

Those sound easy AND tasty. :D I'll have to give them a shot when I get a food processor again.

Quick question, though - do you have any suggestions for a non-alcoholic substitution for the rum?

Tawna Fenske said...

Sierra, Yup, you can use orange juice. Good luck!

Tawna

Sierra said...

Cool! Thank you so much. :D

E.J. Wesley said...

Sounds pretty dang yummy to me! : ) Always looking for good/interesting snacks to serve along side my normal 'game food' snacks.