Monday, March 30, 2015

Almond dates chocolate truffles : Keeping it real !

" A new [blog post] is up " Can you guess the amount of time and work that goes behind writing this little sentence in social media platforms like Facebook ?

For me it's A LOT ! That's why I am constantly amazed by how often other bloggers put up new posts every week or maybe even everyday. Maybe I haven't found a rhythm yet, but a new post for me starts with something like that: I get a sparkling idea in my head that I think will make a good contribution to the blog.

I write it down, marking a day on my calendar that I will make/ test this recipe. Then I'll make it and when I am fortunate with a good tasting food then I will then  plan the photo shoot, which is a whole different story. I'll have to think about the props, the surface, the lighting, the mood...etc, And it doesn't help that my allocated  space for shooting is all the way on the other side of the house away from the kitchen and I only have a few hours of the day where the lighting in that space is just perfect!

I will then, upload the pictures, write the recipe and prepare the new post. And from there, it could take up to two weeks to find time amongst  all the hectic chaos that goes around the house...the girls fighting over who started it first, my youngest boy cruising around making all kind of messes as he goes, the laundry to be folded, the dishes to be done and my husband's eyeglasses to be washed!
Amongst all that, I have to find a time to sit down and write anything that will make sense to read along these pictures and recipes.

So, let's keep things real ! I actually made these truffles a different recipe from the one written below. I was looking for healthy snack recipes and come upon this one from  I tried it and I really liked the concept and the shape/ texture turned out really well. Except the taste wasn't quiet there yet.

So I tweaked the recipe, and tried it in a new small batch. But the old ones were already in the fridge perfectly cold so I decided to shoot them anyway since the new recipe is just a bit different from the original.

That's the story behind these little dates truffles. I hope it doesn't scare you away because these are really good ( even the original batch wasn't that horrible) and you know you're eating something good and healthy. They also they make the perfect tea time snack.

Dates Truffles Recipe

30 whole pitted Medjool dates
1 1/2 cup hot water
2 Tbs granulated instant coffee
2/3 whole almonds
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp fresh orange zest
a mixture of semi sweet and milk chocolate chips enough to cover the date balls ( about 2 cups)

- Dissolve coffee in hot water, soak dates in coffee for 5 minutes to soften them. If you don't like the taste of coffee just soak them in hot water. Drain and discard liquid.

- Place dates and all other ingredients ( except chocolate) in a food processor. Pulse a few times until everything is well incorporated. Place date mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until cold and firm.

- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the date mixture out from the refrigerator. Shape into bowls and place them on the baking sheet.

- Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until chocolate is completely melted, stirring with a spoon every few minutes.

- Drop date bowls into the melted chocolate. With two spoons make sure each bowl is thoroughly covered with chocolate. Return bowls to baking sheet. Sprinkle with coconut ( or any of the other ingredients as you wish). Return them to the refrigerator until chocolate is cooled and set. Serve cool or at room temperature.

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