Chocolate Lava Cake

This is my take on the French classic Moelleux au Chocolat. I prefer making it using dark chocolate now although a year or two years ago I would use semi-sweet chocolate until I developed a strong affinity with dark chocolate. This dessert is the perfect way to end a meal and it only takes ten minutes to bake and some to melt the butter and chocolate, beat the eggs and sift the flour and sugar. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients (serves 4 people):

6 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate or 72% dark chocolate bar
1 stick unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
3 eggs
1/2 cup baker’s sugar or sifted granulated sugar
1/3 cup sifted self-rising flour
more butter for the ramekins
How to Make It:

Preheat oven to 425°F
1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler
2. Stir in cubed butter, until it melts.
3. In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar, until it starts to whiten.
4. Stir in melted chocolate and then fold in the sifted flour.
5. Butter 4 individual ramekins, and pour in chocolate batter.
6. Cook for about 10 minutes.
7. Tip ramekins upside down onto dessert plates and serve.

Serving suggestions:
With a generous shower of sifted powdered sugar and fresh berries
With crème anglaise or anglaise sauce
You can also opt to serve them in the ramekins with powdered sugar dusting

Berries and chocolate do match but the hardcore chocolate lovers will love this dessert any way it is served and who wouldn’t with its melt-in your mouth goodness?


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