(image courtesy of onceuponachef.com)
While my camera is out of commission at the worst possible time, I thought I would make my very first post about a book that inspired me in a way that you can only read about in movies; a book that blends together visions of the perfect city, perfect love life, and perfect chocolate cake. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard is a book I not only refer to for authentic French Cuisine, but for when I want to close my eyes and pretend for just a second I’m strolling through the Passage Vivienne. If you haven’t visited her blog, I highly suggest you drop whatever you are doing, grab a glass of wine, get into a hot bubbly bathtub, and READ IT. I don’t doubt many of my posts will focus on this culinary marvel.
Out of all the delectable recipes to follow each chapter of her book, there is one in particular that gets my chocolate-infused blood boiling. Her Molten Cake recipe will make any chocoholic bow down to it in all its glory. Perfect for date night or a quiet night in with the girls, this recipe is sure to wow you and your guests!
Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 ounces dark chocolate (Bard prefers at least 70% cocoa)
A pinch of sea salt
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1. Preheat oven to 450°F
2. Melt the dark chocolate and unsalted butter in the microwave or in the top of a double boiler (I use a pot with an inch of warm water, and melt my ingredients in another pot on top of the water), and add a pinch of the sea salt.
3. During this time, beat together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until foamy and light.
4. Add the egg mixture to the melted chocolate, and whisk quickly to combine the ingredients.
5. Add the flour to the chocolate/egg mixture and stir to combine. The mixture will be thick.
6. Divide the batter evenly between the molds. (Bard suggests foil molds stacked to preferred thickness, or to use small buttered ramekins.
7. Bake 7 minutes for a liquid-chocolate center; 8 minutes for a gooey chocolate center.
8. GENTLY pop out of molds.
I like to top mine with powdered sugar and a couple raspberries to add some tartness to balance the sweetness of the chocolate. Also, a big, tall glass of cold milk is essential to the perfect bite.
TIP: If your making the batter ahead of time, you CAN refrigerate it, but make sure you bring the batter back up to room temperature before you bake.
Once again, a big thank you to Elizabeth Bard for her inspiring book and delicious recipes. You can check out her blog at elizabethbard.com.