Love Potions – Chocolate Hazlenut Truffles
Contributed by Jan Finlayson
Since February is a month full of love, I thought it would be best to include a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks: Intercourses, An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge. If you’ve never seen this book, it is a fun feast for the eyes with mouth watering recipes and sexy food filled photographs. This book is a perfect gift for a new bride, or even a newly divorced friend.
The authors list the foods known to be aphrodisiacs such as chocolate, honey, strawberries, oysters, and figs. Who knew that asparagus, black beans, and pine nuts make the list? They give recipes for seventeen sensual foods, as well as tips for when to use certain recipes for particular stages of the relationship – flirtation, exploration, copulation…you get the idea. There is even a section on foods and erogenous zones.
For just a taste, try this recipe:
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
3 ½ oz almond paste
1 tablespoon strong hot coffee
1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Chop the chocolate in the food processor until finely ground. Add the almond paste and process until smooth. With the motor running, add the coffee and liqueur. Process until the mixture forms a soft ball. Roll mixture into ¾” balls. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder. Place the balls in a small paper cup. Chill.
According to the book, this is a recipe that works as well on the body as it does on the plate.