Friday, 25 November 2011

Chocolate Lava Cake

My first ever attempt at making a molten lava cake, and also my first bite at one. I must wonder why I haven't made it earlier. It's like biting into a chocolate cake, then taking a sip from a cup of the thickest hot chocolate. You know, like the ones in Belgium where they make it with real chocolate and cream.

This is my secret stash of premium chocolate and I never use it for baking. I decided to make an exception this time because chocolate is the dominant ingredient here, and a good quality chocolate really makes a difference. Put 5 tbsp of butter and 100g/3.5oz of dark chocolate, has to be dark, in a bowl and melt it in the microwave. 

In a bowl, combine 2 large eggs, 2 egg yolks, and 3 tbsp of sugar. You need to cream them together until the mixture turns a pale lemon color and becomes frothy. Now, i decided to do this by hand because that's what chef's do right? 

 Listen to me when I tell you to do your arm a favour and use a hand mixer. I was an idiot for thinking that I could whisk eggs continuously for 10 minutes.

 That's me, 2 minutes into whisking...

Finally,pale and frothy a good while later.

 Now pour in the chocolate mixture, checking to make sure that it's cool enough not to scramble the eggs.

Sift in 2 tsp of cocoa powder, pinch of salt, a tsp of vanilla extract and 3 tbsp of flour, 1 tbsp at a time. I made a mistake in adding the flour all at once, and ended up with a thicker batter than I intended.

Grease 4 ramekins really well, and drop in the batter with an ice cram scoop. Tap it on the table to get rid of all the air bubbles and smooth out the top. Place them in a large baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Take them out after 30 minutes and make a water bath by pouring hot water into the large baking dish, covering the ramekins halfway. 

These go in a hot oven, 425 degrees, for 15-17 minutes. If you want more lava, then bake it for a shorter period of time. The top should be set but still squishy when you touch it. 

Anyways, do forgive me for not perfecting the recipe first before posting it. I will definitely tweak it to get more of that lava flowing out of the cake. If you've never tried a lava cake then you have to make this recipe. I can't promise you won't get addicted though!

2 eggs
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp sugar
100g dark chocolate
5 tbsp butter
2 tsp cocoa
3 tbsp flour
1tsp vanilla
pinch salt

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