Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Recipe of the Day, MMMMMMMolto, Molten Chocolate Cake

Best described this is an personal chocolate cake with a molten centre.  It is the ultimate holiday chocolate treat. Slightly under-baking the batter makes each cake come out with its own special sauce hidden inside.  Decadent, Delightful, Delish..

Serving: Makes 6-8 cakes

Ingredients

8 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 eggs
1/4 cup white or brown sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
butter for greasing ramekins
white sugar for sprinkling on ramekins
heavy cream, whipped, or ice cream, for serving

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

To protect the chocolate from direct heat, melt it and the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water (Bain Marie), gently stirring until they melt together. Remove from the heat and sift in the cocoa powder, stirring until smooth.

Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the brown sugar and vanilla until they are thick and smooth. Pour in the melted chocolate and stir until smooth.

Rub the inside of each ramekin or muffin mould with butter to make a thin film. Lightly sprinkle each with sugar and shake to coat the inside, shaking out any excess. Evenly divide the cake batter among the ramekins.

Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the batter rises, the tops are cracked and the insides are still a bit gooey, no more than 10 minutes or it'll just be a really good cake without the surprise centre.

Cool for a few minutes; the cakes will shrink a bit and pull away from the sides. If necessary, run a paring knife around the edges of the cakes to loosen them. Carefully invert onto a plate. Serve with lots of whipped cream or ice cream.

When you make and eat these warm you'll have an out of body experience, guaranteed.

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