Famous Favorite Desserts Alice B. Toklas's Hashish Fudge

About the favorite desert of Alice B. Toklas, history and recipe of her hashish fudge.


Alice B. Toklas gained wide attention 1933 with the publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, actually the memoirs of author Gertrude Stein. Stein and Toklas lived together in Paris, where they presided over a long-lived and famous artistic salon, with Ms. Toklas doing the cooking. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book was published in 1954, a mix of recipes and reminiscences; her real autobiography, What Is Remembered, appeared in 1963.


(which anyone could whip up on a rainy day)

This is the food of Paradise--of Baudelaire's Artificial Paradises: it might provide an entertaining refreshment for a Ladies' Bridge Club or a chapter meeting of the DAR. In Morocco it is thought to be good for warding off the common cold in damp winter weather and is, indeed, more effective if taken with quantities of hot mint tea. Euphoria and brilliant storms of laughter; ecstatic reveries and extensions of one's personality on several simultaneous planes are to be complacently expected. Almost anything Saint Theresa did, you can do better if you can bear to be ravished by "un evanouisement reveille" (an evocative swoon).

Take 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 1 whole nutmeg, 4 average sticks of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon coriander. These should all be pulverised in a mortar. About a handful each of stoned dates, dried figs, shelled almonds and peanuts: chop these and mix them together. A bunch of Cannabis sativa can be pulverised. This along with the spices should be dusted over the mixed fruit and nuts, kneaded together. About a cup of sugar dissolved in a big pat of butter. Rolled into a cake and cut into pieces or made into balls about the size of a walnut, it should be eaten with care. Two pieces are quite sufficient.

Obtaining the Cannabis may present certain difficulties, but the variety known as Cannabis sativa grows as a common weed, often unrecognised, everywhere in Europe, Asia and parts of Africa; besides being cultivated as a crop for manufacture of rope. In the Americas, while often discouraged, its cousin, called Cannabis indica, has been observed even in city window boxes. It should be picked and dried as soon as it has gone to seed and while the plant is still green.

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