A hint of orange and something extra
It’s not as if making date balls is something special really. I mean lets face it, the internet is full of variations to the theme but still…. I did want to share this one with you. Maybe mostly to make sure I do not forget the recipe as it is soooo good. So good in fact that Tom suggested I make it in batches to sell at the market. I don’t know about that though. The cost might be way too much for the profit but we’ll see. I need to calculate if it is worth the trouble.
What really makes these beauties so special is the szechuan pepper. I love szechuan. It’s a little bit spicy but not too much and the floral taste goes really well together with the pistache and the orange in this recipe. I think I am seriously addicted. Forget all the other date truffles or however you want to call them. These are the ones you want to make!
Chocolate orange date balls with szechuan pepper
- 200 gr medjool dates
- zest of 1 orange
- 50 gr hazelnuts
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- little bit of orange juice (not too much. You don’t want it to get too wet
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp raw cacao powder plus extra for rolling
- 50 gr pistachio nuts
- 2 tbsp szechuan peppers (the pretty pink pepper)
- Remove the stones from the medjool dates and place in the foodprocessor. Chop them roughly with the machine than add the other ingredients, except the pistache and the szechuan.
- Mix thoroughly until it becomes a sticky ball.
- Make little sized balls of the mixture
- Chop the pistachio and the szechuan finely and mix it. Roll each ball through the nut-pepper mix and push a little if necessary.
- It will keep for a week outside of the fridge or two weeks in the fridge
How I took the photo
We started out with the darker shot (the second photo) but in hindsight I didn’t like the background and the green paper napkin that dominates the scene so we switched to the lighter setup which I think showcases the balls much more.
The light in the dark shot was coming from behind. No reflector used but blocked the light a bit from behind. The lighter shot was lit from the side and behind.
Technical details: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Lens 100mm f2.8 macro. 1/5s at f5.0 iso 125