Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chocolate Dates

I do love the taste of dates in many desserts, but this recipe puts them at centre stage!


Chocolate Dates




















Ingredients


  • 125g pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground almonds
  • 30g softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur
  • Finely grated peel of two mandarins or limes
  • 60g of dark chocolate
  • To Finish: Pecan or walnut halves or pitted dessert dates or extra dark chocolate melted


Combine chopped dates, nuts, butter, liqueur and peel. Heat the 60g chocolate, until soft and mix well into date mixture.

Cover and chill until firm enough to shape.  With your fingers, shape teaspoonfuls of the mixture into small ovals.

To finish the sweets press each oval of date mixture between two pecan or walnut halves.

Melt extra chocolate in microwave or over hot water, allow to cool and thicken.  Place briefly over heat again until it is fluid enough for dipping.  Using a fork or two skewers, dip ovals into chocolate.  (You can also partially dip the other two versions for a pretty affect).  Let stand until set in foil or greaseproof paper.

Store all sweets between sheets of greaseproof paper in an airtight container, and keep in a cool place.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz.
Leticia

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