Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dates & Paan Chocolate, A Chocolate Mouth Freshener.

Dates - 10 to 12 pieces,
For stuffing
Betel leaves (paan) - 2 - 3,
Gulkand (Rose petal jam) - 2 tsp,
Desiccated coconut - 2 tsp,
Fennel seeds - 2 tsp,
Roasted coriander seeds (dhana dal) - 2 tsp,
Cardamom powder -  pinch,
Saffron - pinch,
Almonds (roughly crushed) - 1 tsp,
Cashews (roughly crushed) - 1 tsp.
For coating
Milk chocolate chips - 1/2 cup,
For garnishing
Desiccated coconut - 1/2 tsp (optional).

Deseed dates.

In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients from  "For stuffing " section above.

Mix well.

Now stuff prepared stuffing into pitted dates as per the bellow image.

Repeat the process with rest of the dates.

In another bowl, melt chocolate using double boiler method ( Take a bowl with hot water and place another bigger bowl on top of that with chocolate in it). Stir till chocolate is completely melted.

Now dip stuffed dates into melted chocolate. Dates should be covered with melted chocolate.

Remove excess chocolate by tapping fork to the edge of bowl.

Now place chocolate covered dates on wax paper or baking mat and sprinkle some desiccated coconut on top.

Let it set at room temperature or refrigerate, till it becomes firm. Trim excess chocolate with knife as per below image.

Store in refrigerator up to a week.

Milk chocolate can be replaced with semi sweet chocolate or dark chocolate.

Sprinkling desiccated coconut on top is optional or it can be replaced with slivered nuts.

For video recipe -

For other paan recipe, click Paan mukhwasPaan ice cream

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