Chocolaty Lava Cakes
Some ideas for you to treat that special person on Valentine's Day include:
Bake a pan of heart shaped lava cakes for a neighbor or relative. Wrap it in rose colored wrap and tie with a pretty ribbon with a rose. The recipient will adore this special gift made by you.
Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes
Yield: 6 Servings
1 1/2 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
1/4 cup(s) heavy cream
8 tablespoon(s) (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup(s) sugar
1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1/4 cup(s) cake flour
To make centers, melt 2 ounces of chocolate (1/2 a baking bar) and cream in double boiler. Whisk gently to blend. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm. Form into 6 balls; refrigerate until needed.
To make cake, heat oven to 400°F. Spray six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray. Melt 4 ounces of chocolate (1 baking bar) and butter in double boiler; whisk gently to blend. With an electric mixer, whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, and vanilla on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and light. Fold melted chocolate mixture and flour into egg mixture just until combined. Spoon cake batter into ramekins. Place a chocolate ball in the middle of each ramekin.
Bake about 15 minutes or until cake is firm to the touch. Let it sit out of the oven for about 5 minutes. Run a small, sharp knife around inside of each ramekin, place a plate on top, invert and remove ramekin. Garnish with raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream.
Dip Strawberries, cookies or other fruit/dried or fresh in melted chocolate and arrange on a nice tray to treat family and guests.
However you celebrate your loved ones, Valentine's Day gives us a great reason to get together with friends and family to share and enjoy each others company. To me, someone's time and caring means more to me than a present so a home cooked meal and a great dessert is better than a store bought gift.
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