Friday, February 6, 2015

MOLTEN CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES

 MOLTEN CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES WITH RASPBERRIES AND CREAM
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Who doesn't love chocolate? I was never a big fan of chocolate until my husband introduced me to dark chocolate and now I'm hooked. And there's nothing better than a hot gooey rich dark chocolate molten lava cake. When we're having a special occasion such as Valentine's Day or an anniversary I typically make a rich chocolate dessert such as these Molten Chocolate Lava cakes. They can be made in advance and popped into the oven after your main entree. I also serve them at our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Inn for our 3rd course dessert. Enjoy!

  • 1 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter, plus 1/4 lb. (1 stick)
  • 4 tsp. all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbsp.
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. cold heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. nut-flavored liqueur (i.e. hazelnut)
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • Sweetened cocoa or powdered sugar, as garnish

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease and flour 4 (6-ounce) ramekins or baking dishes with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of flour in each, tapping out the excess flour. Set on a baking sheet.

In a double boiler, or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the remaining 1/4 pound of butter with the chocolate, cream, and powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and salt until thick ribbons form, about 3 minutes. Sift 2 tablespoons flour into the egg mixture and fold together. Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture. Divide among the prepared dishes* and bake until the sides of the cake are set and the tops are puffed but still soft, about 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool in the ramekins for 2 minutes, then unmold onto dessert plates.

Meanwhile, in a bowl whip the cream until beginning to form soft peaks. Add the sugar and nut liqueur and beat until stiff peaks start to form. Spoon a dollop of the whipped cream on each unmolded cake, and garnish each plate with raspberries and a sprig of mint. Sprinkle cocoa or powdered sugar over the cakes, and serve.

*To make ahead of time you can refrigerate them at this point. Remove from refrigerator and let come to room temperature before baking.

Serves 4

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