Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Current Book I'm Reading and Recipe

I'm reading "Lunch in Paris" (A Love Story with Recipes) by Elizabeth Bard. I'm actually reading several books right now but I wanted to mention this one and include the recipe for Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes (Moelleux Chocolat "Kitu"). I also want to state that I'm especially posting this cake recipe for Crafty Dawn whom adores cake. So here it is Dawn: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 5 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa; the quality of the chocolate is essential-Valrhona or Green & Black's) A good pinch of course sea salt 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour Preheat the oven to 450*F. Melt butter and chocolate together in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave. Add sea salt. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar with a whisk or an electric beater until light and slightly foamy. Add the egg mixture to the warm chocolate; whisk quickly to combine. Add flour and stir just to combine. The batter will be quite thick. The unmolding is the tricky part of these little cakes; the only foolproof solution is to use Reynolds foil cupcake liners (paper liners don't work, they stick). Use 5 or 6 liners stacked together so they're rigid enough to make a freestanding mold. Make 6 of these molds. (If you can't find the foil baking cups, use small ramekins, generously buttered.) Divide the batter evenly among the molds. Baking time will depend on your oven; start with 7 minutes for a thin outer shell with a completely molten interior, 8 minutes for a slightly thicker crust and gooey heart. Serves 6

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