Chocolate, the main ingredient in Molten Chocolate Cake (see recipe below), is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants called flavanols and contains just enough caffeine to fuel your passion. Chocolate also delivers an unmatched silky mouth feel and pairs nicely with a variety of fruits. Chili and other peppers contain capsaicin, which, when eaten, causes accelerated heart and breathing rates and an increase in blood flow and metabolism. If that’s not arousing…what is? Research has also shown that men find the scent of cinnamon arousing.
Why fresh fruit is a must-have too:
Who can dispute the sexy nature of grapes, sliced peaches, and fresh figs. These fruits are as visually stimulating as they are juicy, firm, and dangerously sensual on the tongue. Whole strawberries are particularly difficult to innocently pop into your mouth. Their heart shape associates them with love while their many seeds associate them with fertility. Fruits are also high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They offer just the right amount of sugar and won’t leave you feeling overly full.
The smooth, dripping sweetness of honey is a natural turn-on. Bees make honey from the nectar of flowers, which are the reproductive structures of plants. Oh yeah, baby. Nuts contain amino acids that are involved in building and maintaining muscles as well as a variety of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that play a key role in the production of sex hormones. Walnuts are notably high in omega-3 fatty acids, which protect against heart disease, and almonds are nutrient powerhouses, providing potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and selenium.
These recipes for love give you and your partner the abundant energy, vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and sensual stimulation needed for a healthy life and love life, both in out of the bedroom. Plus the preparation is as easy as it gets, leaving you free to lavish all your attention on your beloved. Your loving, personal touch may be the most important ingredient of all.
A tale of the recipe at work:
It was after midnight. Michele and Paul sat at the little folding table in his apartment on the Lower East Side. They had just returned from a late Off-Broadway show in celebration of their one-year anniversary. As they walked up the apartment stairs, Paul whispered into Michele’s ear that he had a surprise waiting.
He had not told a lie. No sooner had Michele taken off her shoes and settled in than the heavenly aroma of chocolate filled her nose. Realizing that Paul must have made chocolate cake, her all-time favorite dessert, her heart melted. When he walked in the room, she almost knocked him down covering him with kisses. Laughing, he nearly dropped the plate he was carrying, which was piled with fresh grapes, peaches, strawberries, and figs. Famished after the long show, Michele turned her attention to the fruit with almost as much passion. Wrapping her mouth around a strawberry, she closed her eyes savoring the sweet burst of flavor. Paul bit into a honey-glazed fig topped with almonds and then gently placed the other half between Michele’s parted lips. His knees went weak as she sucked his sticky-sweet finger. Just as Michele ran the soft skin of a peach over Peter’s mouth, the oven timer beeped.
He reluctantly rose and in another minute, he set before Michele the most amazing chocolate cake she had ever experienced in her life, bar none. Hot liquid chocolate poured from the center as she slid a spoon through the tiny cake’s brownie-like exterior. They fed each other warm decadent spoonfuls, arms and legs and feet brushing together electrically, until the last bite had been devoured and Paul was carrying Michele into the bedroom…
Note: This recipe can be made several hours ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ c. unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 egg yolks, room temperature
4 T granulated sugar
2 T flour plus more for dusting
pinch of chili powder and pinch of cinnamon (for a Mexican twist and extra love boost)
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Butter the insides of two eight-ounce straight-sided ramekins and dust with flour.
3. In a small bowl, mix chili powder and cinnamon into the flour until well blended. Set aside.
4. In a double boiler over hot water, place the chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth.
5. Put eggs, yolks, and sugar into a bowl and stir until thick and light, using either a whisk or an electric mixer. Slowly add the melted chocolate and stir until the color of the mixture is uniform. Fold in the flour.
6. Ladle mixture into ramekins and bake 12-14 minutes or until tops are set but centers are still molten.
7. Remove cakes from the oven and unmold onto plates. Serve immediately.
For a truly romantic time, serve just one of the chocolate cakes – with just one spoon — for the two of you to share. The leftovers won’t last long. This cake is dynamite the next day…or later the same night. And served with the Fresh Fruit (below), neither of you will go hungry.
On a plate, arrange fresh grapes, strawberries, peaches, and figs. For maximum sensual effect, leave the grapes and strawberries whole, cut the peaches into quarters (allowing for many chin-dripping, lip-teasing eating options), and leave some figs whole while slicing others in half. Drizzle a little honey over the figs and garnish with salted almonds and walnuts. The tart fruit and salty nuts nicely balance and complement the richness of the chocolate cake.
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