I love Tim Tams. They are the ultimate biscuit. Sit me down with a hot chocolate and a packet of nine and I will devour them one Tim Tam slam at a time. (For this reason, I do not buy them often.)
And lately, I’ve been wanting to use them more in baking. There’s this cheesecake that I really want to try; if only I could get my hands on some of the salted caramel flavour. (My efforts have so far come up short with both New World Thorndon and Willis St Metro sold out. I will have to look further afield. Yes, yes, I could use a different flavour, like the plain caramel, but that just wouldn’t be the same.)
Today my mother emailed me this recipe for Tim Tam balls, knowing that I would immediately want to make it. Usually I have zero follow through on these things, but today was different. I then received an email about a work bake sale for Anzac Day. Thus, the impulsive thought was born.
The recipe was incredibly simple, but from reading the comments the execution seemed to require a bit of tweaking. So here’s how I adjusted the recipe.
2 packets of Tim Tams (I used original ones)
1 can of condensed milk
Chocolate, grated (I used good old Whittaker’s milk)
1. Blend biscuits in a food processor until fine.
2. Add 3/4 can of sweetened condensed milk. Blend till combined.
3. Roll mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball.
4. Grate chocolate, then roll balls in shavings. Chill to harden. Enjoy.
As I said, it is incredibly simple. Already you can see (if you peeked at the original recipe) I doubled the amount of Tim Tams used. One packet of original Tim Tams has 11 biscuits and is 200g. But with a can of sweetened condensed milk at your disposal, it would overwhelm one packet. Even then, one full can is too much for two packets, thus not putting the whole thing in. I feel three packets could easily be mixed with one can and still create a mixture that is perfectly proportioned. As it was, my mixture was sticky and well- mixed, but possibly had a little bit too much milk in it. They still taste good!
It is one of those recipes that is easily changed depending on how many biscuits you use or how many balls you want to make. I ended up making 22 balls.
The original recipe called for rolling the balls in coconut, but as I’m not the biggest fan, I decided on chocolate instead. A bit of cocoa or your favourite chopped nuts would also work well.
I can just imagine making this with every flavour of Tim Tam. Chocolate raspberry rolled in pistachios, anyone?