Goodies for Gabriel: Seduction….

Gabriel Emerson is extremely talented in many ways…um yeah…among all of those talents? He is a master of seduction. He knows how to set a scene and create a mood that any girl would go crazy over. He does it in Gabriel’s Inferno and again in Gabriel’s Rapture. He knows that certain foods have the power to seduce as well.

Let’s see…what foods of seduction might I try on the Professor…if I haven’t already that is ;)

Pasta with Robiola and Truffles

The Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons salted butter

8 ounces dried egg fettuccine or tagliatelle

8 ounces Robiola Rocchetta cheese, at room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 medium fresh white or black truffle, peeled and sliced, or one 2-ounce jar sliced truffles

The Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Cook over moderate heat until the milk solids turn a rich brown and the butter smells nutty, about 6 minutes. Pour the butter into a bowl.

Cook the pasta in the boiling water until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the reserved water and the browned butter and toss with 2 forks. Add the cheese and toss until it begins to melt; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to warmed bowls, shave the truffle on top and serve right away.

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Hot Chocolate Stones

Ingredients:

8 ounces good quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1/8 teaspoon chipotle pepper or cayenne

pinch of salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

cocoa to dust

Directions:

Place the chocolate, pepper, and salt into a small mixing bowl. Heat the cream over medium heat until it begins to boil. Quickly pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and let sit 1 minute. Then use a whisk to slowly stir

until a smooth mixture is formed. It will not look good at first, but just keep stirring, and as the chocolate melts into the cream, a very thick chocolate sauce will appear (called a ganache).Scrap this ganache onto a large

sheet of plastic wrap and let sit for about a minute. Roll up the plastic to shape the chocolate into a flat log shape, about an inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.When firm enough to cut, use a knife to cut

into irregular shapes. Remember, these are called chocolate “stones.” Toss the cut chocolate in cocoa powder. Shake off excess and package sexily.

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Brownie Torte

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup white sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries (optional)

Directions:

Butter and flour a 9 inch round cake pan.

In a pan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup light corn syrup.

Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips until melted.

Remove from heat and add sugar and eggs, and stir until blended.

Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla , flour, and nuts.

Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until center springs back when touched.

Cool in pan 10 minutes. Then place on a cooling rack.

To Make Glaze: Combine chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine and corn syrup in pan. Stir over low heat till chocolate chips are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

Frost tops and sides of torte. Chill until set. Garnish with sliced strawberries.

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Orange Chocolate Mousse

8 ounce dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped or broken in small pieces

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup orange juice

1 tsp fresh grated orange zest

1 1/2 tablespoons white granulated sugar

3 large egg yolks

bowl of ice water

1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped (Tip: very cold cream whips easier!)

extra whipped cream to garnish, optional

Directions:

Bring a saucepan with an inch of water in it to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low. Place the chocolate, butter, salt, and a 1/4-cup of the orange juice into a medium mixing bowl, and place over the hot water. When the chocolate and butter are melted, stir to combine, and remove from the heat.In another heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the orange zest, sugar, egg yolks, and rest of the orange juice. Cook, stirring constantly over low heat for 2-3 minutes until mixture reaches 160 degrees F. (a digital thermometer is recommended).When ready, whisk the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture. Once combined, place this bowl over the bowl of ice water to cool. Stir occasionally; mixture needs to be cool to the touch.With a spatula, fold in the whipped cream, and spoon the chocolate mousse into individual glasses or cups. Refrigerate until set; at least 4 hours. May be prepared the night before. Garnish with extra whipped cream if desired.

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Triple Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

1 (18-ounce) box devil’s food chocolate cake mix

1 (6-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

powdered sugar, as needed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.In a mixing bowl, use a whisk to stir together the chocolate cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs and water. Mix in chocolate chips and pour the batter into a greased 12-cup bundt pan.Bake for 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake for 90 minutes before turning over onto a serving plate. Dust the cake with powdered sugar.

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MmmHmm…O…and one more recipe…for the fun of it…

Flirtini

Ingredients

1 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Champagne
2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Directions

Combine vodka, Champagne, and pineapple juice in a highball or collins glass filled with ice. For a party multiply recipe and mix in a pitcher.

Pink Flirtini

1 fluid ounce raspberry vodka

1/2 fluid ounce Cointreau liqueur

1/2 fluid ounce pineapple juice

1/2 fluid ounce cranberry juice

1 dash fresh lime juice

1 -2 raspberries

Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a martini glass.

Combine the raspberry vodka, cointreau, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and lime juice in a shaker.
Shake and strain into glass.

Top with champagne.

5 thoughts on “Goodies for Gabriel: Seduction….

  1. katiebirdie says:

    Holy crap!! Yummy…

  2. Trayce (@lemonamour) says:

    It all sounds delicious! Especially like the “stones” and imagine the Professor could do quite a bit with “package sexily” part *swoon*

  3. You make me hungry when you post recipes!

  4. What time shall I ask the Professor to pick us all up for dinner at Tamie’s house??

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