Most people associate rum with drinking, and who could blame them with such a tasty range of rum-flavoured ready-to-drinks and cocktails on the market? As well as one of the world’s most popular drinking spirits, however, rum can also make a fantastic accompaniment to food – bringing a depth of flavour hard to mimic with other ingredients. Here we look at some of our favourite rum recipes, which you can easily fold into your daily cooking schedule.
Dark and stormy sticky toffee pudding
If dark and stormy is your rum cocktail of choice, why not try it served up next to a steamy sticky toffee pudding? Simply take your favourite sticky date pudding recipe and, before whipping it up, boil your dates in rum until they are soft and fragrant. Not sure how much rum to use? Roughly double the quantity of your dates, such as ½ cup dates for 1 cup of rum.
Festive fruit cake
Everybody loves fruit cake at Christmas – it’s one of the most indulgent ways to end the year, surrounded by friends and family. If you still want to get your rum fix without embarrassing yourself like Uncle Geoffrey, try whipping up a festive fruit cake. Following your basic recipe, prepare the cake. When you’re pulling it from the oven toasty and warm, sprinkle it with a healthy dose of your favourite rum. This will help keep the cake soft, whilst also adding a level of flavour to your dessert.
Rum roast pork
Rum and pork go together like waffles and ice cream. To make the perfect roast pork, first blend together 6 cloves of garlic, 2 shallots, a bunch of parsley, sea salt, pepper, ¼ cup of lime juice and ¼ cup of rum. Rub this into the flesh of your pork tenderloin and leave it to marinate overnight. When it comes time to roast, you will have delicious smells of rum wafting from your oven.
Banana rum pancakes
Who says it’s too early for rum at 9 am in the morning? Not us! To give your day the kick it needs, try folding in a drizzle of rum to your preferred pancake recipe as you mix it. Not too much (two tablespoons will do it), but just enough to bring a zing to your morning.