KP and I were taken out to dinner at Tanglewood for our anniversary (6th!) by KP’s parents Ralph and Marilyn. For dessert, the four of us split a dark chocolate lava cake, which was perhaps 3 inches in diameter. It was delicious and also no where near enough. I decided in that moment that there was no reason why I could not learn to make these myself (and for probably a lot less than $7 each). Last night, wonderful relatives Lynn and Susan from California were at KP’s parents’ house for dinner, following a spectacular visit to the Ballard Locks with Grandma Alice (pictured in the center, age 95 and looking darling as ever!)
My Molten Lava Cake Attempt #1
Adapted from Brandielle, at the Tasty Kitchen
4 pieces (squares) Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
½ cups Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 whole Eggs
2 whole Egg Yolks
6 Tablespoons Flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Grease 4 ramikens with olive oil and place on cookie sheet. (Silly sidenote, when I first read the word “ramiken” I was sure it was a Tolkien character. No, it actually looks like this: (I bought a pack of 4 at Safeway for $8—I figured it was a worthy investment since I plan to make these now every night.)
Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl on high for about 1 minute, until butter is melted. whisk until chocolate is also melted.
Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour.
Divide between cups.
Invert onto a plate, and top with whipped cream, ice cream, or sprinkle with powdered sugar as you like!
I can’t believe how perfect these came out on the first try. This must mean it is a fool proof recipe. We served them with vanilla ice cream. Because I made the special purchase of the ramekins, I feel (to get my money’s worth) I must make a few more molten lava cakes (to see which recipe is the best). Best challenge I’ve ever made to myself.