Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bewitching Italian Chocolate Truffles

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Happy Dewali ... to all my blogger friends ... wondering why I am wishing you all so early...well I am on my way now to India to celebrate Dewali. Got to catch a flight tomorrow morning !!

Last few days have been hectic and I have been unable to visit all your blogs .. I am sorry about that but I am sure I will be visiting your blogs when I settle down in India.. It will take a few days for me , I will really miss blogging and all your yummy recipes. I may post some wonderful creations of my MIL,Mom and my SIL : )

Before leaving I wanted to post this Italian chocolate truffle ... its very easy to prepare and it simply melts in your mouth. It is a soft chocolate with mild orange flavor that will tickle your tastebuds

Happy Dewali once again and have a wonderful time and here is the recipe

Cooking Time : 7 min
Preparation Time: 10 min
Make : 24 truffles

Ingredients :
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate (best quality)
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp confectionery sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond powder (finely grinded)
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate grated (for coating)
Making the Truffles

Melt the semisweet chocolate with orange extract in a bowl set over a saucepan of hot water,stir until well combined.

Add butter and stir until it melts,add sugar and almond powder and stir nicely

Let the mixture sit in a cool place until it is firm enough.Divide and shape them into 24 balls.

Place the grated chocolate on a plate and roll the truffles in it to coat them nicely.

Place the truffles in paper candy cases and let it chill. Your tempting truffles are ready.


You can melt ur chocolate in microwave ,but u have to stir it in every 30 second till it melts completely

In original recipe they used 2 tbsp orange liqueur but I replaced it with orange extract.

I am sending this truffles to

Tags: Italian, Chocolate, Dewali Treat, Deepavalli Sweet, Truffles

Monday, November 1, 2010

Rich Badam Halwa (Almond Dessert)

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This weekend we had invited some friends for dinner and I wanted to make something easy and special to celebrate with them. I bookmarked this recipe long back from Ayeesha and got a chance to prepare it today.Thank you Ayeesha for sharing this wonderful recipe.

This badam halwa is basically rich in texture with a mild sweetness. Grinded almonds are simmered in some creamy milk with a touch of cardamom flavor. Its got a divine taste and I am sure you will enjoy it.

Preparation Time: 10 time
Cooking Time: 13 min
Serves: 4

  • 1 cup badam (almonds)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 4 to 5 finely chopped almonds for garnishing
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Cooking Procedure

Soak almonds for 1 hour. Then make a fine smooth paste with some milk as required.

Take a large a microwave safe bowl, mix all the above ingredients except ghee with this badam paste, stir nicely. Microwave on high for 10 min. Stir every 3 minutes. After 10 min once it begins thick add the ghee and stir nicely. And microwave for 3 min stiring it every 1 min.

Then transfer it to a serving bowl, granish with chopped almonds and put it in refridegerator. Serve chilled. Your badam halwa is ready.

  1. I did not remove the skin of the badam it is optional.
  2. I used brown but if you are using normal then adjust to your taste buds, as normal sugar is sweeter.
I am sending this recipe to the event

MEC Festive Events hosted by Smitha and started by Srivalli

'Cooking for Kids' event by Sharmi , guest hosted at Veggieplatter

Along with this I am also sending Shahi Rabri to these 2 wonderful events
Tags: Almonds, Dessert, Halwa, Sweet


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