The heroes of The Decadent Dukes trilogy gave themselves that moniker when they were boys. They did so only partly tongue in cheek. They knew that in their time period criticisms of the aristocracy included that it was decadent —too given to self-indulgence, pleasure and luxury and increasingly irrelevant in the world.
Most of us will never experience the kind of decadence available to Regency dukes. We take our self-indulgence in smaller, less expensive doses. Indulging in a little decadence isn’t a bad thing. It is like taking a mini vacation.
The easiest way to enjoy a decadence retreat is through— food! If you feel naughty while you eat it, you know it is decadent.
If we make it ourselves, the decadence is offset by the effort to some extent. We can feel virtuous for cooking from scratch before we sit down and sigh over rich, delicious food.
Here is my list of foods I consider so over the top rich, that they enter the realm of decadence.
- Ilona torte. Of course I had to start with something chocolate. Not just chocolate, but sinfully chocolate. I am a huge fan of any good flourless chocolate cake (what’s not to like with recipes that start with chocolate, butter and cream?) but this one is my favorite. It was popularized by the restauranteur George Lang and named after his Hungarian mother. Since it takes a bit of work, you get to ooze virtue, then afterwards groan with pleasure. The most authentic version online is here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2015/12/29/recipe-for-flourless-chocolate-walnut-torte/JKatHdXobLvIDslXUOBWmO/story.html
- Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Don’t want to cook before indulging yourself? Then head to the Cheesecake Factory. Who hasn’t looked at those cakes when you enter and thought OMG, that is soooo decadent looking. Ignore the outrageously high calorie counts while you pick one. Everyone else does.