Rum babas

This recipe for rum babas is also know as baba au rhum, baba rhum and rumbaba.  This rum babas recipe is a great recipe for using any rum you have in the house and makes a delicious dessert.

Ingredients – Serves 6

  • 225g strong white flour
  • 6g fast-acting yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150ml milk
  • 4 large fresh eggs
  • 140g butter
  • Rum syrup
  • Whipped double cream, to garnish
  • Chopped pistachio nuts, to garnish

Getting everything ready

  1. Use a touch of the butter and grease the moulds; here we are using 8cm small pudding moulds.
  2. Make the rum syrup.
  3. Break the eggs into a jug and beat together with a whisk.
  4. Place the butter into a small saucepan.
  5. Pour the milk into another saucepan and add the sugar.
  6. Sieve the flour and the pinch of salt into a large clean bowl, then push to the sides of the bowl to leave a well in the middle.
  7. Whip the cream for garnish.

Method

  1. Place the yeast into the well in the centre of the bowl.
  2. Place the milk onto a gentle heat on the hob to warm slightly then carefully pour onto the yeast.  Mix together until dissolved, then fold in the flour so that it forms a stiffish dough.
  3. Cover with a clean cloth, then allow it to prove for 30 minutes somewhere warm.
  4. After 30 minutes, slowly mix in the beaten egg.  You will find it is much easier if you can use your hand to do this but please remember to wash your hands.
  5. Gently melt the butter over a low heat.
  6. Using a wooden spoon or whisk, mix the melted butter into the bowl and mix well.
  7. Ladle the batter mix into the prepared moulds and fill to about two-thirds full.  Place onto a baking tray, cover gently with cling film and allow it to rise until the batter reaches the top of the moulds.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (Gas Mark 4).
  9. When the batter has proven to the top of the moulds, remove the cling film and place in the pre-heated oven before baking for about 20–30 minutes until they are firm to touch.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  11. Using a sharp knife, trim the excess mixture to the level of the moulds to give you a flat bottom for your rum babas to stand upright.
  12. Remove the rum babas from the moulds, then place into a shallow dish.  Spoon over the rum syrup and allow it to stand in the syrup and spoon over more syrup from time to time.
  13. Allow the rum babas to soak up as much syrup as they can take without falling apart so that they are lovely and soft and moist to the touch.
  14. Remove the rum babas onto your plates and carefully make a cut diagonally from the top in the rum babas.
  15. Spoon a little whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a small star tube before carefully piping a little cream into the cut that you have made in the rum babas.
  16. Spoon a little of the rum syrup around the plate and serve your rum babas.

Watch these rum babas being made

Delicious dessert recipes

Golden syrup tart

This is a recipe for a golden syrup tart, also known as golden syrup cakes and treacle tarts. These individual golden syrup tarts are great served with raspberries or rhubarb.

Anzac biscuit dessert

This dessert recipe uses anzac biscuits and cream to make a great biscuits and cream dessert. If you are looking for a fantastic looking dessert recipe to amaze your friends, this is it!

Jam sponge pudding

This recipe is for a steamed jam sponge pudding. This recipe for sponge pudding could exchange the jam for lemon curd or golden syrup, or add some dried fruit to the sponge mix. Alternatively, you could exchange 25g of the flour for cocoa powder to make a chocolate sponge pudding and serve with a hot chocolate sauce.

Baked Alaska

This Baked Alaska recipe is a great recipe with ice cream. If you want to know how to make an ice cream cake, this Baked Alaska recipe is ideal.

Profiteroles

This is a recipe for profiteroles, also known as cream puffs. This profiteroles recipe uses choux pastry to make plain chocolate profiteroles.

Brandy snaps

This brandy snaps recipe shows how to make brandy snaps and brandy snap baskets. Brandy snaps look and taste great and are mostly filled with cream when served.

Chocolate tart

This chocolate tart recipe is a great chocolate recipe to try at home. If you are looking for chocolate dessert recipes, this choc tart will be ideal.

Baked rice pudding

This rice pudding recipe is a traditional pudding recipe and can be served with your favourite jam. If you are looking for rice pudding recipes, this rice pudding is well worth trying.

Creme caramel

This is a recipe to make crème caramels. Often referred to as crème au caramel, caramel crème or crème dessert, this custard recipe looks and tastes fantastic.

Bread and butter pudding

This is a pudding recipe for bread and butter pudding. Often known simply as bread pudding, this dessert recipe is great served with hot custard.