Topic: Education and Values
I had the great fortune to have a paternal grandfather who was a baker. As a child, my memories of the bakery developed my future palette and palate--unlimited tortes, whipped cream delicacies, sugar encrusted pieces of art and real bread.
Likely you, my Reader, have similar memories of your parents' and grandparents' kitchens, filled with the most beautiful culinary delights, especially at holidays. I am not going to presume to teach you anything traditional this year. Savor your family heritage!
But, if you, like me--have a very willing but culinary challenged spouse or partner, put him/her to work on this simple recipe. It can provide an artistic diversion because, you can vary it a bit and call it your own. It requires few kitchen skills and will be appreciated however it turns out!
In case they are really kitchen challenged, please remind them to tie back hair (if applicable) and WASH their hands (20 seconds with soap and water)....ok start.
Easy Bourbon Balls
(about 4 dz 1 inch balls)
2 c ground vanilla wafers (use food processor)
¼ cup bourbon
Combine above together in a large bowl. Then add the following:
1 pkg (12 oz.)semi sweet chocolate chips, melted in the mircowave
2/3 c. sweetened condensed milk
In separate bowls, have some powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and ground nuts to roll the balls in.
Have a tray or serving platter prepped with paper candy liners (available in the baking section of most groceries). If you have this ready, then you'll be able to immediately place the coated ball into its liner which is the plan.
Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture into your nice warm palm and rotate until you have a 1” sphere. Take the ball, still warm from your hands and roll it in one of the toppings, then place in its paper candy liner. When all are done, refrigerate. The balls become firm, solid after chilling. They can then be packed into containers and taken to your party or neighbor's—that is, shared.
Note: My husband used DARK chocolate chips and Wild Turkey so I know they'll be yummy—and adults' only!.