Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chocolate Walnut Truffles To Celebrate 3 Years of Blogging and 300000 Page Views!

My blog is 3 years old today!! Yayyy! It's been quite a wonderful journey and I am glad that I have gone slow and steady and the number of readers has only picked up along the way. In these three years I have learnt so much about the world of cooking - food, the various ways it is prepared and the multitude of ingredients that go into making a particular dish so different from the next. I have made a good bunch of friends along the way - some of them are bloggers turned friends and many are readers turned friends. I am so blessed that this blog has helped open up a whole new world to someone who thought that being a stay at home mom was just a fancy word for 'housewife' (homemaker if you please). There is so much one can do staying at home and blogging is a big part of my today and hopefully will remain to be a significant part of my tomorrows as well.


I was never a great cook - I learnt from a million mistakes and still make plenty of them, but it is fun when you have someone as supportive as my DH (dear husband) who was also the main reason behind the creation of this blog and has been my one true fan and an immense source of undying support, motivation & encouragement. For all this & more, I thank you Ro! My thank you speech would be incomplete if I don't mention that little someone who has changed me as a person - from a woman to a mother and has grown along with the blog - just a year older - so he can call himself the blog's older brother. My little Yu who is also assistant chef in the Ruchik Randhap kitchen and in whom his parents have great faith that someday he will grow up to be a great chef or at least someone who is naturally inclined to cook a delicious meal and delight those who savour it. Thank you my darling!
Coming back to this recipe, this is something that I first tried during Christmas as it was a part of the Christmas hamper that I put together for our close family friends. Before I actually made the hamper I looked around for ideas for a simple yet delightful sweet. Something that didn't require a lot of cooking or slaving over and looked pretty and dainty too. Truffles it was - I had never tried my hand at making them before and the ingredients were simple and readily available in my pantry. However, the only thing that was tricky was to shape them as the weather outside was really hot and humid and I found that I couldn't work so well with the chocolate during the day. So I would recommend you to try shaping them in a fairly cool temperature.


By the way, originally  truffles are a kind of underground fungus that are oddly shaped much like potatoes. Often called the diamond of the culinary world, truffles are rare edible mushrooms considered to be a delicacy and are rather expensive. Since they grow underground, they are difficult to find and hence are usually harvested by wild trained hogs. But don't worry, since the original variety may be far out of our reach, we can satisfy ourselves with a host of truffles made out of chocolate. Chocolate truffles are very easy to make and will taste great if you use your favourite chocolate. They are suitable as desserts for a small party for adults or kids and can also be gifted for all kinds of occasions. Traditionally chocolate truffles are chocolate shaped into balls and rolled in cocoa powder but they can also be rolled in shredded coconut, confectioner's sugar or finely chopped nuts.


Chocolate Walnut Truffles
(Printable Recipe)

Preparation time: 15mins | Refrigeration: 3-4 hours | Makes 50 lime sized truffles
Adapted from Purplefoodie

You Need:

  • 225gm bittersweet chocolate
  • 200 gm heavy cream
  • 60gm walnuts (or hazelnuts) toasted and chopped and sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Method:
1. Chop the bittersweet chocolate and place it in a bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream to boil on a slow heat. Pour it over the chocolate and allow to stand for a couple of minutes then stir gently to incorporate the hot cream so that all the chocolate has melted.
2. Add the chopped walnuts and allow to cool a bit.
3. Line a shallow tray or baking tin with parchment paper/foil and pour the prepared chocolate mixture on it and spread to achieve a uniform surface. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours if the weather outside is pleasant. The chocolate needs to be firm enough to be handled without melting.
4. Draw lines on the surface to form squares - this will enable you to make equal sized truffles. Scoop out each square and roll into a ball. Proceed to use up all the chocolate squares.
5. Refrigerate for another hour or so before rolling them into the cocoa powder. Ideally do this a little before you are ready to serve them
6. Place the truffles in dainty paper liners and enjoy!

32 comments:

  1. congrats Shireen...3 yrs..supercool,one of the best blogs i have ever come across and one and only super nice blog friend I have.I have learnt from your blog to be patient and not to run after deadlines and do what i want to at my own pace rather than rushing.you may not know but you taught me to run my blog the way I want to.
    and i cannot thank you enough for your valuable advice which really made a big difference.
    i wish you blog till your teeth drop
    what I love abt you blog is its very 'homely' 'cosy' and 'warm'....now does that make sense (coz usually I don't)

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  2. congrats dear...and keep blogging for many more years...the truffles look so tempting...

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  3. Congratulations on hitting 3 years of blogging shireen! Wishing you lots of success! Very pleasing chocolate and walnut truffles.

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  4. Congrats...Wish ur blog many more success and years to come..The diamond luks too good..

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  5. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UJ47eNL1Z_s/S6o8GDnLMbI/AAAAAAAABFk/uwkHgbWD7X4/s400/congrats.jpg

    Congrats to a selfless and amazing friend! May you be blessed with endless viewers and amazing posts and may these three years turn many more years of blogging. Hugs and love.

    I hope u can see the pic as the ipad will not allow me to paste it.

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  6. truffles look delightful..lovely pictures. congrats on such a big milestone:)

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  7. Congratulations on your achievement... wish you plenty more such milestones :) Keep blogging and sharing your wonderful recipes as you have always done...

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  8. To say that I Love your blog would be an understatement. I look forward to your posts with an eager enthusiasm. What you have here is unique and beautiful. Wish you many more years of happy and successful blogging.

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  9. Congrats dear on this milestone...Keep rocking..truffles look fabulous and yum :)

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  10. Congrats..Great achievement..Keep cooking..All the best.

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  11. Delicious and lovely looking truffles. Wonderfully prepared.
    Deepa

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  12. congrats.... .thats a huge milestone...wish you have many more years of blogging and loads of success in whatever you do..the truffles are great.

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  13. congratulations and wishing u many more...
    truffles look wonderful :)

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  14. Wow! the truffles look perfect to celebrate this milestone. Congratulations dear!!!! 3 years is a long time and 300000 hits is a huge achievement. Yayyyyy!!! So happy for you. Really love all the authentic Mangalorean delights on your blog. Continue to do the same with all the lovely stories behind the making of each recipe. Love to read all that. Hugs and kisses ...mmmuuuah..

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  15. Congrats Shireen....Well done!.....Wishing you many more years of happy blogging, continue the good work.

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  16. Dear Shireen,
    Hearty Congratulations to you dearie!!! I cannot believe that it has been 2 whole years since we stumbled onto each other on FB and began to motivate and encourage each other. You have no idea how much you have helped me along the way and Ruchik Randhap is definitely one of the reasons that helps me go on and also look forward to our return...:D Thank you, thank you with all my heart...:-)
    With much love,
    May.

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  17. congrats on ur milestone and wish u many more to come. Truffles look awesome

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  18. Many congrats on 3 delicious years of food blogging!!Whenever I have excess ganache after using it up for a cake,it becomes truffle!Love the full-of-chocolate truffles-perfect for the celebration!

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  19. Congrats on the 3 yr anniversary!!! These are perfect to celebrate.... They look awesome!

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  20. Congratulations. And such lovely pictures as usual!

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  21. congo dear, hope ur blog gets million viewers soon.

    Truffles look great.

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  22. Wish you many more milestones like this,,..:)

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  23. Congrats Shireen on 3 yrs of blogging & may you have many more... I enjoy all your posts & the beautiful pics. I love the way you write. I always read the write up before I go thro the recipe. Happy Anniversary once again & may u have many more milestones...

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS to my most favourite blogger of all times :) Its really a wonderful achievement honey, so proud of you. You've done so much to put the cuisine of our beloved hometown on the food map!

    Hugs to baby Yu. Isn't it amazing when our kids start to follow our own passions?

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  25. Congraaaats dear...Waiting for more yummy and mouthwatering dishes from uuuuuuu. Truffles looks fabulous.

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  26. Congratulations Shireen! Wishing you many more years of happy blogging! Perfect and delicious truffles, who wouldn’t want one!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Congrats and wishing many more years in this blogsphere, truffles looks divine.

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  28. Congratulations Shireen! Wish you all the very best for all the coming years. I am a regular visitor to your blog and just love the presentation. Also the tastes are exactly what i like and also my family. cheers Good Luck and keep updating !- Sheryl

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  29. Perfect truffles..Wish u many more years in happy blogging..

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  30. Congratulations for completing 3 yrs successfully.Truffles looks awesome....I am new here.
    http://zariafrozrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  31. Got to try this soon as it looks yummy. But just wanted to know if I can use Whipping Cream instead of the normal cream. amarcook.blogspot.com

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  32. Amar: Although I used regular Amul heavy cream, I guess you can use whipping cream - i haven't tried it and have never worked with whipping cream

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I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chocolate Walnut Truffles To Celebrate 3 Years of Blogging and 300000 Page Views!

My blog is 3 years old today!! Yayyy! It's been quite a wonderful journey and I am glad that I have gone slow and steady and the number of readers has only picked up along the way. In these three years I have learnt so much about the world of cooking - food, the various ways it is prepared and the multitude of ingredients that go into making a particular dish so different from the next. I have made a good bunch of friends along the way - some of them are bloggers turned friends and many are readers turned friends. I am so blessed that this blog has helped open up a whole new world to someone who thought that being a stay at home mom was just a fancy word for 'housewife' (homemaker if you please). There is so much one can do staying at home and blogging is a big part of my today and hopefully will remain to be a significant part of my tomorrows as well.


I was never a great cook - I learnt from a million mistakes and still make plenty of them, but it is fun when you have someone as supportive as my DH (dear husband) who was also the main reason behind the creation of this blog and has been my one true fan and an immense source of undying support, motivation & encouragement. For all this & more, I thank you Ro! My thank you speech would be incomplete if I don't mention that little someone who has changed me as a person - from a woman to a mother and has grown along with the blog - just a year older - so he can call himself the blog's older brother. My little Yu who is also assistant chef in the Ruchik Randhap kitchen and in whom his parents have great faith that someday he will grow up to be a great chef or at least someone who is naturally inclined to cook a delicious meal and delight those who savour it. Thank you my darling!
Coming back to this recipe, this is something that I first tried during Christmas as it was a part of the Christmas hamper that I put together for our close family friends. Before I actually made the hamper I looked around for ideas for a simple yet delightful sweet. Something that didn't require a lot of cooking or slaving over and looked pretty and dainty too. Truffles it was - I had never tried my hand at making them before and the ingredients were simple and readily available in my pantry. However, the only thing that was tricky was to shape them as the weather outside was really hot and humid and I found that I couldn't work so well with the chocolate during the day. So I would recommend you to try shaping them in a fairly cool temperature.


By the way, originally  truffles are a kind of underground fungus that are oddly shaped much like potatoes. Often called the diamond of the culinary world, truffles are rare edible mushrooms considered to be a delicacy and are rather expensive. Since they grow underground, they are difficult to find and hence are usually harvested by wild trained hogs. But don't worry, since the original variety may be far out of our reach, we can satisfy ourselves with a host of truffles made out of chocolate. Chocolate truffles are very easy to make and will taste great if you use your favourite chocolate. They are suitable as desserts for a small party for adults or kids and can also be gifted for all kinds of occasions. Traditionally chocolate truffles are chocolate shaped into balls and rolled in cocoa powder but they can also be rolled in shredded coconut, confectioner's sugar or finely chopped nuts.


Chocolate Walnut Truffles
(Printable Recipe)

Preparation time: 15mins | Refrigeration: 3-4 hours | Makes 50 lime sized truffles
Adapted from Purplefoodie

You Need:

  • 225gm bittersweet chocolate
  • 200 gm heavy cream
  • 60gm walnuts (or hazelnuts) toasted and chopped and sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Method:
1. Chop the bittersweet chocolate and place it in a bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream to boil on a slow heat. Pour it over the chocolate and allow to stand for a couple of minutes then stir gently to incorporate the hot cream so that all the chocolate has melted.
2. Add the chopped walnuts and allow to cool a bit.
3. Line a shallow tray or baking tin with parchment paper/foil and pour the prepared chocolate mixture on it and spread to achieve a uniform surface. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours if the weather outside is pleasant. The chocolate needs to be firm enough to be handled without melting.
4. Draw lines on the surface to form squares - this will enable you to make equal sized truffles. Scoop out each square and roll into a ball. Proceed to use up all the chocolate squares.
5. Refrigerate for another hour or so before rolling them into the cocoa powder. Ideally do this a little before you are ready to serve them
6. Place the truffles in dainty paper liners and enjoy!

32 comments:

  1. congrats Shireen...3 yrs..supercool,one of the best blogs i have ever come across and one and only super nice blog friend I have.I have learnt from your blog to be patient and not to run after deadlines and do what i want to at my own pace rather than rushing.you may not know but you taught me to run my blog the way I want to.
    and i cannot thank you enough for your valuable advice which really made a big difference.
    i wish you blog till your teeth drop
    what I love abt you blog is its very 'homely' 'cosy' and 'warm'....now does that make sense (coz usually I don't)

    ReplyDelete
  2. congrats dear...and keep blogging for many more years...the truffles look so tempting...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations on hitting 3 years of blogging shireen! Wishing you lots of success! Very pleasing chocolate and walnut truffles.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congrats...Wish ur blog many more success and years to come..The diamond luks too good..

    ReplyDelete
  5. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UJ47eNL1Z_s/S6o8GDnLMbI/AAAAAAAABFk/uwkHgbWD7X4/s400/congrats.jpg

    Congrats to a selfless and amazing friend! May you be blessed with endless viewers and amazing posts and may these three years turn many more years of blogging. Hugs and love.

    I hope u can see the pic as the ipad will not allow me to paste it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. truffles look delightful..lovely pictures. congrats on such a big milestone:)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congratulations on your achievement... wish you plenty more such milestones :) Keep blogging and sharing your wonderful recipes as you have always done...

    ReplyDelete
  8. To say that I Love your blog would be an understatement. I look forward to your posts with an eager enthusiasm. What you have here is unique and beautiful. Wish you many more years of happy and successful blogging.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Congrats dear on this milestone...Keep rocking..truffles look fabulous and yum :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats..Great achievement..Keep cooking..All the best.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Delicious and lovely looking truffles. Wonderfully prepared.
    Deepa

    ReplyDelete
  12. congrats.... .thats a huge milestone...wish you have many more years of blogging and loads of success in whatever you do..the truffles are great.

    ReplyDelete
  13. congratulations and wishing u many more...
    truffles look wonderful :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow! the truffles look perfect to celebrate this milestone. Congratulations dear!!!! 3 years is a long time and 300000 hits is a huge achievement. Yayyyyy!!! So happy for you. Really love all the authentic Mangalorean delights on your blog. Continue to do the same with all the lovely stories behind the making of each recipe. Love to read all that. Hugs and kisses ...mmmuuuah..

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congrats Shireen....Well done!.....Wishing you many more years of happy blogging, continue the good work.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Dear Shireen,
    Hearty Congratulations to you dearie!!! I cannot believe that it has been 2 whole years since we stumbled onto each other on FB and began to motivate and encourage each other. You have no idea how much you have helped me along the way and Ruchik Randhap is definitely one of the reasons that helps me go on and also look forward to our return...:D Thank you, thank you with all my heart...:-)
    With much love,
    May.

    ReplyDelete
  17. congrats on ur milestone and wish u many more to come. Truffles look awesome

    ReplyDelete
  18. Many congrats on 3 delicious years of food blogging!!Whenever I have excess ganache after using it up for a cake,it becomes truffle!Love the full-of-chocolate truffles-perfect for the celebration!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congrats on the 3 yr anniversary!!! These are perfect to celebrate.... They look awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congratulations. And such lovely pictures as usual!

    ReplyDelete
  21. congo dear, hope ur blog gets million viewers soon.

    Truffles look great.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wish you many more milestones like this,,..:)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Congrats Shireen on 3 yrs of blogging & may you have many more... I enjoy all your posts & the beautiful pics. I love the way you write. I always read the write up before I go thro the recipe. Happy Anniversary once again & may u have many more milestones...

    ReplyDelete
  24. CONGRATULATIONS to my most favourite blogger of all times :) Its really a wonderful achievement honey, so proud of you. You've done so much to put the cuisine of our beloved hometown on the food map!

    Hugs to baby Yu. Isn't it amazing when our kids start to follow our own passions?

    ReplyDelete
  25. Congraaaats dear...Waiting for more yummy and mouthwatering dishes from uuuuuuu. Truffles looks fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Congratulations Shireen! Wishing you many more years of happy blogging! Perfect and delicious truffles, who wouldn’t want one!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Congrats and wishing many more years in this blogsphere, truffles looks divine.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Congratulations Shireen! Wish you all the very best for all the coming years. I am a regular visitor to your blog and just love the presentation. Also the tastes are exactly what i like and also my family. cheers Good Luck and keep updating !- Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  29. Perfect truffles..Wish u many more years in happy blogging..

    ReplyDelete
  30. Congratulations for completing 3 yrs successfully.Truffles looks awesome....I am new here.
    http://zariafrozrecipes.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  31. Got to try this soon as it looks yummy. But just wanted to know if I can use Whipping Cream instead of the normal cream. amarcook.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Amar: Although I used regular Amul heavy cream, I guess you can use whipping cream - i haven't tried it and have never worked with whipping cream

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)