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Old Apr 28, 12, 11:51 am   #1
 
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Dessert recipes with tobacco?!

A few weeks ago, I was over at an acquaintance's house. It wasn't someone I knew well.

She brought a dessert out for the guests; it looked like normal chocolate mousse, but this stuff almost made me throw up. It burned my throat and had a terrible taste that I couldn't describe.

Trying my best to be polite, I asked, "This is interesting! Is there some special ingredient?" She explained that she had infused the dessert with some kind of tobacco. I was seriously ready to hurl.

Does anyone here do this? And if so, are your culinary creations well received? How in the world do you infuse a recipe with tobacco?
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Old Apr 28, 12, 12:05 pm   #2
 
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Molecular gastronomy, I expect. Not something I would try, but a quick Google turns up this:
http://www.molecularrecipes.com/flav...-pipe-tobacco/

Tony Bourdain was famously served a nicotine-infused dessert at the French Laundry back when Chef Thomas Keller was still manning the kitchen.
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Old Apr 28, 12, 12:14 pm   #3
 
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They have been playing around with this for a few years. Personally, I find it vile and would be pretty pissed if someone served me tobacco without first warning me. And if they did warn, I would politely decline. Much like horse spunk, there are things that I just dont need to eat.
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Old Apr 28, 12, 1:31 pm   #4
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I've had such desserts and did not care for them at all. I haven't seen it on a menu in/around SF for a few years now, so hopefully it came and went, and now the rest of the country can choke on it for awhile, thinking they're eating something special.
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Old Apr 28, 12, 1:32 pm   #5
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Well, there should not be Nicotine in it, should there.

Don`t know about the recipe quoted, looks like they didn`t try to us a rotary evaporator to just extract the flavours. Which is quite an adventure, but usually the results pay off.
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It's nice to hear that some chefs are exploring the flavor profile that tobacco can contribute. I have always considered tobacco to be a member of the gastronomic "family", not a drug or a stand-alone recreational activity. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of tobacco users are unconcerned with the taste experience and are merely seeking a nicotine fix. If we can separate oenophilia from alcoholism, why is it so hard to legitimize gustatory tobaccophilia from chronic nicotinism?
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Old Apr 30, 12, 10:19 am   #7
 
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I don't know about pudding, but I have seen meats wrapped in a whole tobacco leaf (same idea of slightly steaming, like when you cook in a banana leaf I guess) but haven't tried it, as I don't eat meat. That was quite some years ago, so I don't think cooking with tobacco is a new fad.
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Once I experienced the Blackberry and Tobacco cream from a bakery nearby. It is meant to be a bridge between a savory entree course and a dessert. That was an interesting "one bite" dish, nobody could really put their finger on that extra taste till I told them it was the tobacco infused cream.
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I had tobacco infused wine a couple weeks ago, it was nasty.
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Old May 1, 12, 10:29 am   #10
 
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Ugh. I am getting sick all over again reading this thread.

Tobacco-infused wine? I'm pretty sure I'd prefer a hemlock-infused drink.
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They have been playing around with this for a few years. Personally, I find it vile and would be pretty pissed if someone served me tobacco without first warning me. And if they did warn, I would politely decline. Much like horse spunk, there are things that I just dont need to eat.
Agreed. I don't think it's appropriate to spring such a dish on friends (or enemies).
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I had tobacco infused wine a couple weeks ago, it was nasty.
Aren't there plenty of wines that have a tobacco-like flavor without actually requiring tobacco infusion? I'm not sure I get the point, but have to imagine that your assessment is spot on.
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Aren't there plenty of wines that have a tobacco-like flavor without actually requiring tobacco infusion? I'm not sure I get the point, but have to imagine that your assessment is spot on.
Something like what is flavor without the real hit. But anyway, it was horrible, I don't smoke, chew etc, but the flavor and reflex, I learned what that wine spitting cup was used for quickly!
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Something like what is flavor without the real hit. But anyway, it was horrible, I don't smoke, chew etc, but the flavor and reflex, I learned what that wine spitting cup was used for quickly!
I can imagine!
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Maybe it's suppose to be tobasco.
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