Merry Christmas everyone! I have always loved this day, Christmas Eve, kind of magical and filled with excitement, delicious food and christmas gifts.
I am going to my parents house, as always, and I am just as thrilled as every year to set my teeth into the tender duck and lots of sweets. When I am visit people during Christmas and New Years I never come empty handed. I love bringing a little homemade something, preferable edible. This year I took my go-to date truffle recipe and dressed it in fancy coating and packed it into small boxes. It almost looks like fancy filled chocolate and receives a lot of ‘Ihhh’, ‘Ohh’ and ‘how lovely’.
Besides being very pretty these date truffles taste kinda delicious. My sister prefer the liquorice coasted version, My mom love cocoa and I have a crush on the caramelised nuts. The freeze dried berry powder adds beautiful colour and a lovely fresh and slightly sour flavour.
I know it might be a little late for making Christmas gifts today, but non the less I wanted to post this little inspiration – and some of you might be bringing it as a dessert or treat for the hosts on New Years, at least I know I will.
Merry Christmas and have an absolutely wonderful night and enjoy every moment and bite of it.
Chocolate date truffles with colourful coating
Makes around 60 truffles
600 g soft dates, pitted
100 g dark chocolate, 70%
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
Zest and juice from 1 organic orange
1 tsp ground vanilla
100 g roasted nuts
A generous pinch of salt
Freeze dried powders (e.g. raspberry, strawberry, blueberry)
Caramelized nuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 °F/175 °C. Place nuts on a baking sheet and roast for 10 min until golden. Then place nuts in a blender or mini chopper and pulse until chopped.
In a blender mix pitted dates and orange juice. Blend until a very smooth cream. Add all of the ingredients except the dark chocolate.
In a double boiler melt chocolate and add to the mixture, and mix it thoroughly. Place the date mix in the fridge for a couple of hours or until the next day.
Use a tsp and your palms to make perfect round sized truffles and coat them in different toppings. Place the truffles in small boxes and wrap them up. they keep best in fridge, so make sure to store them there until you need them.