HOW TO MAKE APHRODISIAC NUT BALLS
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So today as part of the Pleasant Vice’s series, I’m going to be making a recipe of my own invention inspired by the world of aphrodisiac that we’ve been looking at. It’s based of a confection that was in the perfumed garden which is a 15th century Islamic publication written by Cheikh Nefzaoui. and Cheikh Nefzaoui recommended a confection taking on three consecutive nights made from almonds and pine nuts as a way of sharpening sexual appetite.
INGREDIENTS USED IN MAKING APHRODISIAC NUT BALLS
My version is made from ground almonds pine nuts and a fig jam as well to hold everything together. All three of these ingredients are important throughout the world as aphrodisiacs for their relationship to the seed. So for this recipe you’ll need:
150 grams of ground almonds
110 grams of pine nuts and
A few teaspoons of fig jam.
If you can’t get hold of fig jam, you can make your own with fresh figs and honey and you cook that off on the hob until it resembles this consistency. So measuring out 110 grams of the pine nuts.
STEP BY STEP APPROACH TO MAKING APHRODISIAC NUT BALLS
And these are gonna be whizzed up first Next up we’re gonna put in the ground almonds, so 150 grams of those and next in goes the fig jam. And whizz that up again now we’ve got this much thicker consistency give it a little pinch and if it holds together you know that’s about right? We’re gonna take that out of the blender now and get it in a bowl. So this is the sort of consistency you want, it should form one big ball then you know it’s right.
Next thing to do is to serve it. So I’ve got some icing sugar here if you do have ambergris sugar at home you can use it. I’m gonna add a couple of teaspoons of this into my icing sugar. Now this aroma is very very musky so it works very well with the nuts and the fig. So I’m just mixing these two together. Then you want to break off little bite-sized amounts of the mixture and roll it delicately into a ball.
So we have our first one I’m just gonna roll that in the sugar. Depending on how big you make them this mixture should probably make about 20 to 30 and these will store for a good few weeks as long as you keep them in an airtight container, maybe a tin.
SUMMARY OF HOW TO MAKE APHRODISIAC NUT BALLS
So there we have Nefzaoui’s aphrodisiac nut balls made with almonds, pine nuts, figs and a little ambergris sugar perfect to make at home with one of your loved ones or as a treat for yourself.
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