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Friday, November 4, 2011

Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles (Sugar Free) and Eid Al Adha

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In this week, Eid Al Adha will be celebrated by Muslims all over the world, to comommerate Ibrahim's devotion to God and his willingness to sacrifice his own son when God commanded. But just before he was to do so God replaced his son with a ram, and revealed to Ibrahim that his sacrifice has already been accepted.

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In this Muslim month of Dhu al-Hijjah, Muslims from around the world gather in Mecca for a pilgrimage called the Hajj. Among many rituals during Hajj, the pilgrims in Mecca sacrifice a sheep to remember Ibrahim's trials. Muslims who can afford to also join the celebrations by sacrificing an animal such as goat, sheep or camel. The meat is then distributed among friends, family, relatives, neighbors and the poor.

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Needless to say, the entire week is a glutonious heaven, from meat kebabs, to stews to biryani's, korma and kofte. But because every celebration calls for something sweet, a lot of desserts make it to the table to.

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These date truffles remind me of sticky date pudding, but just in truffle form. Its simple to make but makes such a great impression. You could play around with what you dust them with, coconut, pistachio, other nuts whatever you fancy. But if sugar free wasn't your priority, try it with coated with oreo crumbs. Yes, oreo crumbs!

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Wishing everyone who celebrates a very Happy Eid!

Chocolate Cinnamon Date Truffles (Sugar Free)

Ingredients
750 g dates
1/2 stick (50g)  butter
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For dusting
crushed pistachio
cocoa powder
shredded coconut
oreo crumbs

Method

Heat butter in a pan till melted  and add the dates. Let the dates cook with the butter till its pulpy and sticky. Swtich off the gas, and mix in the spices and cocoa powder. Keep aside to cool.

Once cool, use your hands to remove the seeds and  roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.

Roll them in the filling of choice before serving.
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52 comments

  1. These truffles look good. Recently I tried my hands at making truffle and the ganache ended up lightly thin. Do you think adding more chocolate would help?

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  2. What a great treat! Very festive.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. These looks fabulous! Love dates & love chocolate....Wishing you an early Eid Mubarak!

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  4. Your photo essay on these truffles is amazing, Kulsam. The pails and the playing in the dirt motif is so fun to scroll through. They also look delicious. I just bought some pistachios to work with this week, I love the green dusting!

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  5. Those are some of the best photographed truffles I have ever seen! GORGEOUS in one word!
    I am really exited about the recipe too. I would feel less guilty eating a dozen of them ;)

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  6. The truffles make me drool Kulsum and I don't even like chocolate desserts! scattered cocoa powder looks simply lick-worthy..

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  7. Oh, the forgetful me! Eid Mubarak my dear..

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  8. Eid Muburak Kulsum !! beautiful pic

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  9. the truffles look delicious... love the little bucket. made some dry fruit ladoos last week , i love rolling them in cocoa powder :D happy eid :)

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  10. What a fantastic recipe...it looks delicious! Eid Mubarak to you my friend!

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  11. Eid mubarak Kulsum.....hope this is Eid brings you and your family lots of joy and prosperity. The truffles look wonderful and I love the one that has been coated in both pistachio and cocoa powder (2nd picture)!

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  12. Yum!!! These look fabulous Kulsum, and I love that they are sugar free! That means you can eat lots doesn't it? :D

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  13. Eid Mubarak, Kulsum! Sending wishes for positivity + prosperity. I love date truffles - mixing them with chocolate and cinnamon sounds like such a treat. The photo of the truffles in cocoa powder is super.

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  14. Happy Eid to you Kulsum! The truffles look oh so fabulous!

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  15. My husband is now in Riyadh. He travels to different places (perks of his job...) very often. I bet he is now celebrating with his Arab friends. I think I am in the mood to make an Arabic inspired sweet treat and have a feast with him via video call...That would be great, wouldn't it! Happy Eid! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and a little bit of history.

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  16. Beautiful! Not to mention tasty looking.

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  17. yummm.. lovely truffles and lovelier pictures.. i love those buckets..
    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

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  18. Absolutely stunning photos! I loved reading about the Muslim traditions, but imagine these beautiful truffles would be welcome at any celebration.

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  19. Glad to hear that these sweets are part of the celebrations :) Love dates paired with chocolate.

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  20. Wow, beautiful photos! And the truffles must be amazing :)

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  21. Ooo, nice recipe. I make something like this but I've never cooked the dates in the butter before, I have to try it that way.

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  22. yum yum! dates!! gorgeous photos! very striking and dark!

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  23. Those are the best looking truffles I have ever seen! Happy Eid to you and family Kulsum.

    I make the uncooked version.. just pulse dry fruits nuts and shaved chocolate. never used cocoa powder except for the coating. These are just FABULOUS!!!!!!!! same with your photos (do i need to tell you that? :) )

    xo
    Soma

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  24. Absolutely stunning and healthy too!! You're amazing!! Thanks heaps for sharing about Eid Al Adha...so fascinating learning about festivals celebrated by other cultures. Keep em coming! xox

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  25. beautiful capture of the yummy traffules.

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  26. What a wonderful versatile delicious treat. I love that truffles! Simply irresistible.

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  27. I think I could smell chocolate & cinnamon just by looking at the pictures! They look sooooo yummy.

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  28. I love that your recipes are sooo simple, even for a dunce like me! Gonna reserve these for next Eid...or maybe whichever happy occasion comes up next...or maybe next weekend? Dammit I want them now.

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  29. eid munarak to u n your family...its a great idea of making dates traffules....thanx
    zuzar moonim

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  30. this is an insane recipe, K! it is insanely good- what a gorgeous way to present the date on Eid. i love it. x s

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  31. Happy Eid Kulsum! I'm not muslim but I sure would love to eat all those treats :) These are my kind of truffles too. Relatively healthy and so beautiful. Love your photographs and the rustic color tone.

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  32. Those truffles are popping out of the screen. Seriously. Gorgeous pictures! Hope you had a lovely Eid.

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  33. Lovely truffles and photos, Kulsum. Happy Eid!

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  34. I seriously wanna jump into my screen and web travel to your place and eat some of these. can you post them to oz for me? it's be greatly appreciated. (if not, it's ok, I'm gonna make them this weekend anyways!)

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  35. Lovely lighting and textures! =)

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  36. First time visiting your site and I have to say it's very impressive...going to browse some more and will be back soon! Have a great weekend. :)

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  37. Belated Eid Mubarak! I love this post.. great story to accompany the desserts. I didn't even realize these were mainly dates! The rich color looks so much like a very dark chocolate. I can just imagine how great the flavor combo would be - dates, pista, and chocolate. Mmm. We had a friend come back from Umrah with chocolate covered that were stuffed with nuts. Best. Thing. Ever. I imagine these would taste just like that.. but in convenient truffle form :) Will need to try these out soon.

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  38. Awesome..Thanks for posting this..First time here..I am your new follower..Do check my blog sometime..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  39. i love truffles! i used to make dark truffles which my family loved, it just takes a lot of time that i stopped making them :( love the pictures, i wish i can dive in em!

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  40. I love adding sesame seeds to it! It gives the dates such an amazing taste!

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  41. Wow, these look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea...and the Sugar Rush!

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  42. Your photography is amazing! The way you've set up these little desserts, it's absolutely irresistible. I'd have to try the recipe to feed a little of the desire these images have created!

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  43. Wow!! Too good, really a treat, feel like having one straight from my laptop window :)

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  44. Thanks so much for this recipe!! I made them without the butter. Here: http://igemmacri.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/rum-balls/

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    1. Gemma, glad you enjoyed them. Without butter means you can eat more! ;-)

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  45. These look incredible, I will have to try them. The only other truffles I have tried with dates were much more casual.
    http://trialbyfirewin.blogspot.com/2012/03/date-and-walnut-truffles.html
    I'll have to try these and compare!

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  46. i made this with melted dark chocolate..thanks for an awesome recipe.

    vini

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