This recipe is courtesy of my Aunty Sue, who is a truly excellent cook.
My Dad always made apricot balls at Christmas when I was growing up and I loved them but this recipe from Aunty Sue is much better than the usual Apricot ball recipe as it has white chocolate - enough said! ( sorry Dad!)
Be warned - they are dangerously addictive - I cant stop eating them.
We always have these on the table on Christmas Day, so I eat them after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch ...you get the idea....basically I keep popping them in my mouth throughout the day.
Hope you like them as much as I do.
I would love to see a pic if anyone makes this recipe!
Apricot Macadamia Truffles
Makes about 36
165g ( 1 cup ) chopped dried apricots ( I use half turkish and half of the other apricots - if you use all Turkish it does not taste apricot-y enough)
2 tbs white rum
2 x 200g packets Nestle Plaistowe white chocolate - melted
1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk
145g (1 cup) toasted macadamia nuts - chopped
170g (2 cups) toasted desiccated coconut
1. Combine apricots and rum in a small bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to soak.
2. Place chocolate, condensed milk, apricot mixture, nuts and half of the coconut in a bowl and stir to combine. ( I do this in the food processor as it is much quicker)
Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.
3. Spread the remaining coconut over a plate. I use a 1 tablespoon scoop to measure the mixture for each ball. If I want to make them all perfectly even ( which of course I do!! ) I use a knife to flatten off the top of the 1 tablespoon scoop so that I am getting exactly the same amount of mixture each time.
You then need to roll them into balls and roll in the coconut to coat.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Do all step 1 (measuring) then all step 2 (rolling) then all step 3 (rolling in coconut)
So get a couple of extra plates.
Measure out all the 1 tablespoon lumps of apricot mixture and put them on the plates in little mounds. Do this until all the mixture is used.
Then do the rolling of all the balls.
Then do the rolling in coconut bit to all the balls.
This method saves a lot of mess!