This decadent pud is quite possibly my all time favourite. It’s rich, chocolaty, gooey in the middle and just… well, simply bloomin’ delicious! It makes the perfect end to any dinner party and I guarantee it will impress all your friends and family. It may also surprise you to learn that it’s not actually that difficult to make! It’s all in the preparation and timing. So here is what you will need to make 4 individual servings. (Easily doubled)
- 25g Unsalted Butter, for brushing
- Cocoa Powder, for dusting
- 100g Good Quality Dark Chocolate
- 100g Unsalted Butter
- 100 Golden Caster Sugar
- 2 Eggs and 2 Yolks
- 100g Plain Flour
- Chocolate or Caramel Sauce & Ice Cream, to serve (optional)
- 4 Ramekins
First thing’s first, prepare the ramekins. Melt the 25g of butter then, using upward strokes, heavily brush each ramekin. Pop them in the fridge for a minute to set then repeat the brushing. You should be able to actually see the brush strokes. It may seem a little tedious but it helps the cakes rise and also makes it easier to get them out of the moulds when cooked.
Next, pop a tablespoon of cocoa powder in a buttered ramekin and tap it around to cover the base and sides. Tap the remaining cocoa into the next ramekin and repeat for all 4.
At this point I find it easier to tip the batter into a jug, it just makes it easier to fill the ramekins. Divide the mixture between the 4 you prepared earlier then pop into the fridge for at least 20 minutes before cooking. You can even leave them overnight if you wanted to. (Making this a great ‘prepare ahead’ dinner party recipe!)
Bake for approx 12-14 mins. The tops of the cakes should be coming away from the sides when they are ready. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 1 minute before attempting to turn them out.
Carefully loosen the cakes round the sides with a knife to check they will come out ok. Then tip out onto plates and serve with a drizzling of chocolate or caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
And who said food can’t be sexy eh?! It’s just beautiful, I absolutely adore this dessert! Another added bonus is that these babies can even be frozen for up to 1 month and cooked straight from the freezer! Just add approx 5 minutes onto the cooking time. Brilliant!
Once you have mastered the basics, you could even have a play around with the flavours. Maybe try adding in a teaspoon of orange extract or a good dollop of Baileys. Yum!
Well, until next time my lovelies