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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chocolate Truffles


Thanks to Julie's article ,I have learned :
*Rule number one of picking a healthy chocolate,buy Dark.
*Lesser in sugar the better the health benefits of a chocolate.Eating it with fruits like strawberries can add to its goodness.A hot cocoa is much more beneficial than hot chocolate.
*60%-70% is a best range of cocoa to look in a dark chocolate.
*The dutch processed or any alkali processed cocoa powder has less antioxidant flavonoids.
*Finally, liking the less sweet chocolate is an acquired taste,so don't give up with just one attempt.

Now with rules in mind and I pick this fine chocolate and roll up these soul-calming melt-in-the-mouth delicacies to satisfy my chocolate appetite.
Named after the exotic fungi,the chocolate truffles are of the finest confectioneries a chocoholic will ever know of.Its pure chocolate to the core.I did keep a nutty surprise in the middle and coated them all with cocoa for the original truffle finish.With heavy cream replaced these are relatively lower in fat ,another reason to make them more often than just on festive occasions.


Recipe :Low Fat Chocolate Truffles with Almond Surprise

Makes about a dozen truffles
Ingredients
8 ounce(1/2 pound) Premium Dark chocolate(at least 60% cocoa)
1/2 cup Organic Reduced fat milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
About 2 tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa powder
Few toasted Almonds

Method
Break the chocolate to smaller pieces in to glass or steel mixing bowl.
Bring the milk to a boil in a saucepan.Carefully pour it over the chocolate in the bowl and stir it using a spatula until the chocolate is completely melted.If the chocolate doesn't not melt completely then place over a double broiler until melted. Stir in the vanilla.Place in the refrigerator just until the chocolate is solid enough to to work with,about an hour.
Sift the cocoa powder on to a large plate.When the chocolate mixture is ready, take about 2 teaspoon of the mixture and roll between the palms of your hands.Press in an almond in to the center and roll again until round.Now coat the ball with the cocoa by rolling it several times until evenly coated.Finish with rest of the mixture.Can be stored in fridge for 2-3 weeks.Serve them at room temperature.


Some enticing flavors to try :
Coffee : mix 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder in the ganache or use 1/2 cup espresso coffee instead of milk.

Orange :A tablespoon of orange zest adds the citrusy zing.

Ginger :Mix 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger for hint of the spice.
Spice : Spice up with 1/4 teaspoon of spices like cinnamon ,cardamom and cloves.

Nuts : Roll them in chopped almonds or pistachios or hazelnuts or coconut flakes for a nutty finish.

Dried fruits: Mix some dried fruits like cranberries for a chewy fruity touch.




Pretty pine cones are all over my yard.I saved a few and scented them with some cinnamon oil ,makes a great room freshers and a pretty decor at the same time.

50 comments:

MaryMoh said...

With so much desserts this month, I really have to go for low fat truffles. This is surely one to go for. Look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Gorgeous truffles! A fantastic treat!

Cheers,

Rosa

Priya said...

Send me some, delicious truffles..my fav..

Shri said...

Terrific and just perfect for the season!!Cld you pls send them as a gift??;)

Superchef said...

ohhh my!! they look fabulous!!

Thas said...

Perfect treat for this holiday..low fat makes it even for interesting. Happy holidays from Thas!

Pavithra said...

Yasmeen they look awesome.. even i go for the rules what you have written , I love hot cocoa then hot chocolate its sooooooooooo chocolatey.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Did't know it was so easy....tempting

Mona said...

Yasmeen, this is certainly the most simple chocolate truffle recipe I have come across! Jazakallahu Khair for sharing!

Organic said...

Wonderful!!!I can never get enough of chocolate.Those are certainly very helpful in picking the right kind of chocolate.

Anncoo said...

This is gorgeous~~please send me some :)

Gita said...

Delicious truffle Yasmeen...love your healthy treat! I too love snacking on 60% cocoa...I tried even 80% though didn't like it that much :)

PJ said...

wow, they look divine and I like the fact that they are low fat too! This is a perfect recipe for the season.. I am definitely going to give it a try this weekend! One question though, in previous attempt I found that by the time the melted chocolate mixture was cold enough to handle by hand, it had become too tough.. did you face the same issue with refrigeration?

Yasmeen said...

PJ,refrigeration for too long can cause chocolate to harden completely.Keep checking every 15 minutes.In winter especially it can harden in lesser time.

Divya Vikram said...

Truffles look so professional!

Fresh Local and Best said...

These chocolate truffles look sensational! I love how dewey the delicate chocolate powder looks on the truffles. Great job!

Cham said...

Going low fat is great idea to avoid all the holiday fat! Looks delectable!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks mouthwatering! Want to pop one into my mouth now!! And that pine cone looks so pretty!

ayurvedic treatment said...

hey cheers to you all for this treat thanks for sharing this with us.

s said...

this looks sooo good...a treat for chocoholics and others too!

Sushma Mallya said...

wow that looks beautiful..love those yummy chocolate truffles anyday...thanks for the recipe..

Bergamot said...

Wow these look delicious. Truffles are in my list for a lonnng time...now you have inspired me to try them soon.

notyet100 said...

ummm,;-)

Happy cook said...

I just want to come near to the screen and suck out few from that glass. Looks so so grogeous and good.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Truffles are my favorite....looks extremely yum....

RV said...

wow.. my favorite truffles.. am a big time dark chocolate fan, y don't you send me some :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous truffles! I like that they are low-fat and of course I would love the almond surprise!

Sarah said...

Can't get more chocolicious than this,I'm drooling at the pics =)

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Only seeing a chocolate truffle, make me jump of joy, really they are delectable :)

Just put this post in my weekly roundup of the best of the week.

Cheers,

Gera

Parita said...

Truffles look divine yasmeen, perfect treat for the season :-)

Curry Leaf said...

Love these.I have made these and will be trying a different flavour this time again.Almond surprise is great.

meeso said...

Wow, lovely and tempting!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

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Thank you so much for visiting my page and leaving your valuable comment. I am bit late responding..
You have an wonderful site here and so many things to read and learn, will be visiting again
Have a nice week ahead

Rajani said...

this is yummy! great guilt free recipe yasmeen. it must be beautiful out there at this time of the year... i love the pine cone.

Malar Gandhi said...

Gorgeous pictures. All the rules are too good, I agree...I buy 80% cocoa based dark chocolates without much sugar...just grate them over my fruit salads. (lazy me)!!!

You're so creative and talented in bring up all healthy recipes.:)

Joanne said...

Dark chocolate is by far my favorite type of chocolate. I love the rich, bitter flavor. I can't believe you managed to make low fat truffles! They look so delicious.

PJ said...

These were a hit at my home! Thanks for sharing, Yasmeen! I posted them here: http://ginger-and-garlic.blogspot.com/2009/12/espresso-chocolate-truffles-and-wish.html#more.

Arabic Bites said...

This is so tempting...
I wanted to make truffles long time ago when I see the recipe at Martha's magazine but I didn't want to use the cream...thanks to you I can make it with milk...

Erica said...

Your truffles look wonderful!Low fat sounds fantastic!

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Ammu said...

Thats fabulous & delicious. Nice click.

Dolly said...

YOur Chocolate truffles look Absolutely divine.Love ur superb presentation.I have to try making these truffles Now !!!. Also love ur creative way of making room freshners..Pine cone scented with cinnamon oil. Perfect !!! Get a patent on this idea ...

lisa @ dandysugar said...

These look delicious! I love all the different varieties--so many wonderful flavors. Beautiful gifts too. Happy Holidays to you!

Rahin said...

these truffles look melt in your mouth kind , very delicious , love the othe flavor options too

Jen said...

Love the rustic look of these truffles.

Renu said...

very good recipe ...will try it soon...just one question, what if milk-choco mixture cools down completely while making balls, can it be re-heated?

JKM said...

WOW,Wish I could grab a few right now.

Mary said...

I love truffles.
How do I find out the calorie content of one truffle?
Thanks!
Mary

Yasmeen said...

Mary,
The calories will vary depending on how intense the dark chocolate is For the 60% cocoa Dark Chocolate I used ,the calories per truffles is about 25-30 calories.Hope that helps.

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