I interrupt this month’s dedicated exploration of Becoming Raw to take a little departure into delicious decadence.
Mad Hatter: Trust me. I know a thing or two about liking people, and in time, after much chocolate and cream cake, ‘like’ turns into ‘what was his name again?’.
After reading this quote, I started to ponder. Could I use the intoxicating impact of sweet chocolate indulgence to set the stage for love?
In preparation for a special guest’s arrival I wanted to create the right atmosphere and gather all of the ingredients for an amazing night.
I whipped up a creamy, caramel-y batch of date paste
and a bowl of fluffy, crumbly, heart-healthy walnut meal.
I increased the friction (in my blender) to turn those firm, raw almonds into a creamy, luscious milk.
and soaked the raw chocolate in a hot tub, until it was a mess of liquid bliss.
Then I was ready to get down and dirty. Knowing my guest’s love for tea, I decided to tempt his taste buds with a sampler of flavours that combined a little spice and a lot of love.
First, I followed Heathy’s recipe
for Mint Moon Pies
to make sure I understood the proper technique and texture.
Inspired by the invigorating properties of my favourite lemon zinger tea I added lemon juice and grated fresh ginger to Heathy’s vanilla cream recipe to create a Lemon Ginger Moon Pie that would make anyone swoon.
Since I find the aroma of brewing chai incredibly enticing, I thought it might work to encourage my guest to relax and stay awhile. To create this tempting concoction I spiced up Heathy‘s vanilla cream moon pie with raw cacao paste and chai spice, making a Chocolate Chai Moon Pie, just saying the name feels great in my mouth but taking a bite is an extraordinary experience.
I’m really hoping this is enough chocolate and cream to turn this:
I believe in the magic of the moon pie.
I had a lot of fun playing with this challenge. If you want to get involved there is still time to enter your own moon pie creation (until April 17th).
Who would you invite to share your moon pies?