Friday 15 February 2013

**Date/ Nuts Truffles**

These sweet cute balls are actually quite similar to the date balls i make in Ramadan. It is always a great hit served to my guests not only in winter :)
This time I bought the extra soft Iranian dates, and I did not have to give them a steam, I just pitted them and pressed them flat with a wooden spoon :)
I added honey and brown sugar in them, and took all the nuts except pistachios.

So this is what I did:
1 kilo soft dates (pitted)
100gram almonds (crushed)
50 gram walnuts (crushed)
50gram dry coconut (fine chopped)
20 gram sweet cashews (fine chopped)
3-5 tbs honey
2-3 tbs brown sugar
2-tbs dry nido powder
*pit all the dates and shred them either with your fingers or press with a wooden spoon to make it flatter (as I did)
*crush the almonds and walnuts in a chopper till they still stay coarse; don’t make a powder of them as they won’t taste nice later
*chop the coconut and cashews with a big knife so that they seem like tiny chunks
*now spread the dates in a broad tray, sprinkle all the nuts on it
*sprinkle the sugar on it, add the honey on the top

*now mix all with a wooden spoon, and then try to mix all with your greased palms till all mixes well and turns into a smooth even dough
*now make small sized balls of your choice, I made a bit bigger to fit them in the tiny cuppies :)
*turn and twist them in the desiccated coconut and place in the truffle paper cups or you can place in any plate too :)

~Keep them in a tin box and keep it tight closed, they stay very well till they are all finished. If you keep them open they will dry up due to so many nuts in it!
Enjoy making and eating!!


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