Thursday, April 21, 2011

Molten Lava Cakes

My mom found this recipe on the Food Network from Paula Deen.  She raved about them and said we needed to make them as a surprise for my husband and dad when my parents came to town.  Chocolate? Lava Cakes?  No arguments here!

Here is the recipe:

6 (1 oz) squares of bittersweet chocolate (we used Ghirardelli)
6 (1 oz) squares of semisweet chocolate (we used Ghirardelli)
10 Tablespoons butter (1 1/4 stick)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons orange liqueur
Strawberries or raspberries for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Grease 6 (6 oz) custard cups.  Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave (stirring after 20 seconds intervals) or in a double broiler.  

Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture.

Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth.

Stir in the vanilla and orange liqueur.

Divide the batter evenly among the custard cups.

Place the cups in the oven (we put ours on a sheet pan for easy removal) and bake for 14 minutes.

The edges should be firm but the center will be runny.  We left ours in the custard cups to eat however the recipe says to run a knife around the edges and invert onto a plate.  Garnish with fresh fruit if desired (we used raspberries, which were great).

I think the empty cup says it all, don't you?


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