Seven Deadly Sins Dinner (LUST)
Luscious Chocolate Fondue with Sensual Fruits & Nuts
I simply cannot tell you how grueling it was doing the endless research into Lustful foods. Poor me. I found a rich tradition of aphrodisiacs, going all the way back to the Garden of Eden.
First on the list is chocolate, which should not surprise anyone. For some people, chocolate is better than sex. I would not go that far, but it is right up there. Many fruits also made the aphrodisiac list, and I thought a luscious chocolate fondue with sensual fruit would be a perfect lust course.
What is sexier than a fondue, especially when you get to feed your partner? The rule was that if you dropped your fruit into the chocolate you had to give someone a kiss. We amended this rule after Tim dropped his eighth piece of fruit.
Luscious Chocolate Fondue with Sensual Fruits and Nuts
Recipe by Dragon
6 oz bittersweet chocolate
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoon Brandy
Pineapple, sliced into chunks * (see note)
Strawberries, hulled and cut in half
Almonds, toasted and chopped for dipping
Angel food cake, cut into cubes (I added angel food cake just for some irony)
1. Finely chop chocolate and transfer to a small bowl.
2. Bring cream, espresso, vanilla, honey, and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Add the brandy and stir until blended.
3. If you’re making this ahead of time, allow the chocolate to cool. Cover and keep refrigerated. Allow the fondue to come to room temperature before heating.
4. Reheat the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of gently simmering water and stir to melt. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Remove from heat.
5. Transfer the heated fondue to a small warmed bowl and place over a candle flame. The fondue will stay warm enough for dipping for about 20 minutes without candle.
6. Arrange the fruit and cake on a platter and serve along side the fondue.
* Note: Another option is to slice the pineapple and grill it over medium heat for a one-minute per side.
We served this lusty dessert with Rosenblum Vineyards Désirée wine. Désirée Chocolate Dessert Wine is an exotic blend of Zinfandel, Port wine and an infusion of rich chocolate.
A CONFESSION: I know; the one you have all been waiting for, right? If I listed every confession, your computer might explode. There was one confession about a broken bed, which sounded like you had to be there; and I wish I were! The juiciest confession was a hilarious tale about the cops being called by angry neighbours because of “too much noise.” Oh my. It's enough to make this lady blush.