>> Wednesday, December 22, 2010
During my trip to India, I, with my 11 yr old younger brother went to Domino's Pizza outlet and while we were going through the menu, we both stopped at a point "Choco Lava Cake". We didn't have second thought and ordered two choco lava cakes. When we got our hot molten choco lava cake, believe me guys! Me n my brother were drooling over those gorgeous hot and oozing chocolatey goodness. It was a Yum Yum dessert! And that was the first time we left the Pizza outlet without ordering any pizza.. :P Sorry Domino's Pizza! It's all because of your Choco lava cake.
My brother is die-hard fan of chocolate and now choco lava cake is his "Favourites". He ordered another Choco lava cake as parcel, so that he can have it while we are driving back home. This act spoiled me again and even I ordered another one for me.. Wao Wao!
As I'm a curious cat, I started browsing for the recipe and learnt that it is a french dessert. Also, the recipe is quite easy and I thought "Why not give it a try?".. Well babe! not a bad idea..... After couple days, when every ingredient was available with me, I prepared it and yeah! I succeeded in getting it in right texture, that too at my very first attempt.. Yippie! It was without doubt irresistible with a perfect liquid center. When my brother was back from school, he was jumping for joy seeing those oozing chocolate lava... I will agree to him. This is an excellent dessert for entertaining your guests and that too in 10 mins..
So here we go with the recipe!
100g dark chocolate (I've used Hershey's dark chocolate bar), cubed
1 tbsp unsalted butter, for melting chocolate
1 tsp butter, for greasing the ramekins
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tsp all-purpose flour
unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
Preheat oven to 375F (that's what I prefer for my convention). Adjust as per your oven.
Butter the ramekins. If you want the cake to come out of ramekins easily, after baking, grease ramekins generously. Well I'm ready to take the risk.
In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy.
Melt chocolate using double pan method. Let me explain the method.
Double pan method : Take a saucepan, heat water to a simmer. Then place an additional bowl on top of the simmering water. This gives the heat a bit of depth and allow chocolate and butter to melt at a slower rate, minimizing the risk of burning. Ensure the top bowl is not touching the hot water below. Do not allow water or steam to touch or enter the bowl. This can cause the chocolate to become unworkable. Slowly stir as the chocolate and butter melts to ensure a smooth and even result
For the beginners, you may not have control over the process or may be running out of time, you can melt the chocolate in microwave. It just takes 5 mins but do watch the chocolate and stir as needed.
Pour the melted chocolate-butter mixture to the egg mix. Add in the flour. Evenly mix everything to form a smooth batter.
Fill the ramekins 3/4th full with chocolate mixture and bake it in oven for about 10 mins.
Take out from oven and let it cool for 2 mins. Use a blunt knife to loosen the edges. Take a serving plate and carefully invert the cake onto it.
Serve with your choice of accompaniments. It can be dusting icing sugar over the cake or with a scoop vanilla ice-cream or with whipping cream or just like that, gooey cake with its molten chocolate lava.
Note: If you prepare the batter much in advance, refrigerate it and before baking, remove it from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
This entry goes to "Announcing Kid's Delight - Chocolate Feast" by Srivalli.
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