Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This dessert has much more than 96 calories.

You know those chocolate molten lava cakes that you get at the restaurant? The ones you cut with your fork and the chocolatey-goodness just oozes all over your plate. These are similar - but better. This is for the ultimate cheat day. There is no low fat version of this bad boy but you will appreciate every single bit. I bake mine as single servings in little ramekins, but this recipe is for one big gorgeous chocolate perfection.

Chocolate Perfection

2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature (plus a little extra to make sure it comes out of the dish!)
4 eggs, (room temperature is also best here to make sure it doesn't seize up the chocolate!)
2 cups sugar
6 ounces of melted dark chocolate (if you use semi sweet, cut back on the sugar a bit)
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 T. vanilla

Preheat your oven to 325 and butter a 9x12x2 glass baking dish. Melt/Microwave the butter until melted and set it aside to cool down (if you don't do this - you will scramble your eggs in the recipe!) Using a hand or stand mixer, beat together sugar and eggs for 8-10 minutes until they are light yellow and have thickened. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and the cocoa powder (if you don't have a sift, stir together with a whisk). In the sugar mixture, add in the vanilla and then the flour/cocoa mixture and stir until just combined. Add in the butter and stir until combined.

Pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish and place the dish in a larger one/roaster if you have it. Fill the larger dish halfway up the side of the glass dish with really hot tap water and bake for 1 hour. It will appear really underbaked - which is the point :) How can it be gooey and delicious if you've cooked it all the way?

Absolutely fabulous by itself - even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. :)

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