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Molten Chocolate Magic

September 15, 2010

I would not be exaggerating when saying that this is the most mind-blowing amazing ridiculously and impressive dessert ever.  And best of all it’s incredibly easy to make.  Even better, it can be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge for a few hours before you’re ready to serve it.  Just picture the richest chocolate cake you’ve ever had on the outside and on the inside, the same rich chocolate in delicious molten lava form that just oozes out the center once you take your first bite.  I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to make it, and I will be returning to this recipe many many more times.  I served it with some fruit and homemade vanilla ice cream, but it would go well with some crème fraiche, creme anglaise, or even a simple whipped cream.

Molten Chocolate Magic

from Mark Bittman, originally from “Jean-Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef”

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering molds
  • 4 oz Valrhona bittersweet chocolate (or other good-quality chocolate)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 t flour
  • cocoa powder for dusting (or flour)

1)  Set up a double boiler over simmering water.  Heat butter and chocolate till all the chocolate is almost melted. 

2) Meanwhile, beat eggs, yolks, and sugar with electric beater until light & thick (can just do this with a whisk as well).

3) Butter and use cocoa powder to dust four 4-oz ramekins/molds.  Tap out excess powder.  Repeat with more butter & cocoa powder.

4) Divide batter among the molds. [you can stop here & refrigerate up to several hours. bring back to RT before baking, or increase baking time]

5) Preheat oven to 450F.  Bake on a tray for 6-7 minutes.  The sides will be set, but the center should still be soft.

6) Invert mold onto serving plate and let sit 10 seconds.  Lift up one corner to unmold and the cake should easily slip out of the mold.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2010 10:26 am

    that dessert does look mind blowing! i think it is a perfect way to get in a little weekend chocolate fix.

    hope you’re doing well!


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