Sunday, September 24, 2006

Molten Choccie Cakes

Here we go, the recipe for these delectable individual chocolate cakes:
  • 50g soft unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 350g best dark chocolate
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50g plain or Italian 00 flour
  • 6 individual pudding moulds, buttered
  • baking parchment

Unless you are making these up in advance, preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6, putting in a baking sheet at the same time.

Lay 3 of the moulds on a sheet of doubled baking parchment. Draw round them, remove, and then cut out the discs as marked. Press them all into the base of the tins.

Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly.

Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla.

Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter.

Divide the batter between the 6 moulds, quickly whip the baking sheet out of the oven, arrange the little tins on it and replace in the oven.

Cook for 10-12 minutes (the extra 2 minutes will be needed if the puddings are fridge-cold when you start) and as soon as you take them out of the oven, tip out these luscious babycakes onto small plates or shallow bowls.

Serve these with whipped double cream, the same unwhipped in a jug, crème fraiche, crème anglaise or ice cream.

Serves 6.

(Stolen from Nigella.)

Go and make these now!


At 10:12 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Thank you so much Suz!! That's going straight in my recipes file ;)

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Suz said...

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At 10:18 PM, Blogger Suz said...

This is lovely and very simple. But watch your cooking time - it really does only need 10min. After all, you want them all gooey in the middle -they feel more indulgent that way!

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Ing said...

Nigella... *purr*

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Suz said...

Yes, Nigella is indeed a very attractive lady - after all, she really took the phrase 'gastro porn' to new heights, didn't she? :-D

At 12:53 AM, Blogger Inspector Monkfish said...

You didn't specify what to do for a fan assisted oven. Should I consult the manual and adjust the temperature according to the manufacturer's recommended guidelines? ;)

(i.e. take off 20 degrees and everything still comes out burnt ;)

I shall have to take an audit of what sort of trays and tins we have at some point and maybe get around to trying one of these things you have posted, Suz :) (At least now I can say WHY I decided to all of a sudden cook something, rather than a completely random spontaneous desire to do so ;)

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Dianne said...

I'll give it a go and test the results on one of my unsuspecting temporary house guests.

No, i don't mean mice! ~ lol


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