Thursday, November 7, 2013

Work Catering #35: Tim Tam Balls!!!!! and sticky date!

Yes that's right! First came the Oreo Cheesecake Balls... and now it's Tim Tam Balls!!! My friend showed me this recipe and my first thought was "Only 3 ingredients! Only 3 steps!" (so lazyyyy =_=") but so delicious!! Actually, don't know why I didn't think of it earlier. If you can use Oreos, there are thousands of other biscuits you can use! Just process them, mix them with cream cheese, roll them into balls and TA DA!!!

Anyways, decided to make them a little more fancy by coating them in white chocolate and giving them a sprinkle of MILO ^^

Tim Tam Balls
Recipe adapted from Favourite Food Recipes
1 packet Tim Tams (250g)
250g block cream cheese, softened at room temperature
300g cooking chocolate (milk, dark or white.. it's up to you!), melted

1. Crush/Process Tim Tams. Add cream cheese and mix together until combined.
2. Roll into balls (1 tsp of mix). Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
3. Coat with melted chocolate and refrigerate until set.

coated in smooth white choc~~and a sprinkle of MILO~
inside... Tim Tam deliciousness!!!
I've also been wanting to make sticky date pudding - it's also one of those classic bakes but it seemed to always go down the list because I get distracted with cheesecakes or.. Tim Tam balls!!! hahha! anyways had some sticky date pudding at work the other day and it was sooooo good! So good that it gave me the motivation to make it :D the butterscotch sauce is definitely worth making!!!

Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
Recipe adapted from Citrus and Candy

250g pitted dates, chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 1/2 cups (375ml) boiling water
160g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 cups self raising flour

Butterscotch Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
150ml thickened cream
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
30g butter

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line rectangle baking tin (20x30cm) with baking paper.
2. Place dates and bicarb soda in a bowl. Pour over boiling water and stand for 20 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at time, beating well after each addition.
4. Fold through the date mixture (including the water) and flour until well combined. (The mixture may look really wet and watery but it'll work!)
5. Spoon the mix into baking tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin for 5 minutes before cooling on wire rack.
6. Make the butterscotch sauce but combining all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, constantly stirring. When boiled, reduce heat to low an simmer for a few minutes until darkened and thickened.
7. To serve, prick warm cake all over with skewer and pour a third of the butterscotch sauce over the cake. Allow to soak through for 10 minutes. Cut into square pieces and spoon extra sauce to serve.
More like sticky date cake slab! haha
Lil sticky squares ^^
With a chopped date on top :D all for presentation~

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