Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Serves 6 or 3. Really it depends on who is eating it. 


Ingredients 

100 gm dark chocolate (I used 85% cocoa solid)

1/3 cup butter

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar*

1/3 cup warm water with 2 tsp instant coffee **

2/3 cup all purpose flour

2 egg yolks

2 eggs

Pinch of sea salt


Note


* We like our chocolate really dark. Depending on which chocolate you are using you might want to adjust the sugar. I suggest you start with 1 cup sugar and take your way up from there.The best way is to taste it before you mix the flour.


** I have tried this with 1/3 cup orange juice as well and we love that variation. The taste would be quite subtle but if you love chocolate and orange together, it sure will win you over.


Method


-Preheat the oven to 220 C and butter the ramekins.I used 3 1/2 inch ramekins making 3 servings. If you want you can make smaller servings by using smaller ramekins, but remember its valentine's day and indulgence is a good thing.

-Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler. Add in the powdered sugar.

-Once it cools down whip in the eggs and coffee. Then add the flour and salt.

-Divide the batter into ramekins. 

- The original recipe calls for refrigerating the batter for 1 hour before baking. I found this leads to a less oozy lava, which is not a good thing for me, and even when I make it ahead of time, I let the batter come to room temperature before baking.

-Bake for 13 minutes until the center is still gooey but the edges have slightly firmed. Run a knife over the edges and invert into dishes.

-Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

-Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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