When cold weather hits, I think about this candy in Japan that is available only in the winter. Called "Melty Kiss," it is a box of individually wrapped chocolate truffles that literally melt in your mouth. I think this sugar-free vegan version comes pretty close to recreating the texture without any cream.
Before we get to the recipe, I just wanted to say a few words as this blog post will be the last one this year. I thank you all for reading this blog. If you found my recipes and posts useful in any way, I could not be happier. The year 2012 has been a phenomenal year for me: my nephew was born, I published my first cookbook, I got married and I got a fabulous job—all the while being able to pursue my dream of cooking in peace. To express my big THANK YOU for all your support, I am offering a giveaway of my cookbook THE PEACEFUL DESSERT BOOK. See the details at the bottom of this post.
So here's to you my friends, my version of Melty Kiss. Have a happy new year! See you in 2013!
makes about 2 dozen truffles
white solids of chilled coconut milk (about 1/3 cup) (The can must be chilled in the fridge at least for a day. Use the rest in a soup or curry.)
pinch of sea salt
2/3 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours and drained
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in 1/3 cup of water for 3 hours or until soft (reserve the soaking water)
2 TBS coconut oil
2 pinches of vanilla bean powder (or 2 tsp of vanilla extract)
cocoa powder and/or shredded coconut for rolling the truffles
- Place the coconut milk solids and a pinch of salt in a small pot and heat on medium flame until it comes to a gentle boil. Turn off the flame and add the chopped unsweetened chocolate. Stir well to melt the chocolate.
- Put the rest of the ingredients along with the melted chocolate in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a Pyrex dish and refrigerate for at least 5 hours.
- Take a tablespoon or a 1/2 oz ice cream scoop and portion out the truffles. Reshape each in your hand and roll it in cocoa powder, shredded coconut or chopped nuts. Chill until ready to serve.
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