These last couple of months have been filled with change and excitement. I am focusing more time on my business and enjoying the new work environment at Nada. One exciting task at hand for Stir Crazy Cuisine is to cook for a very special occasion. I have the honor of cooking for a birthday dinner honoring my best friend’s father. I’ve known him since I was 5 years old, and I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity.
When Genevieve’s mom asked me to do this, the first request she had was to make a molten lava cake. In all honesty, the first thought that came to mind was, “well shoot, that’s something I haven’t done before…” but the first words that came out were “OF COURSE!!!”. Some may think I should have just stated that this is something I have yet to try, and then get back to her. However, I took it as a delightful challenge and refused to accept that something as simple and delicious as a molten cake would be too difficult. Therefore, I went home and baked. I perused through a few recipes then made one up myself, are you at all surprised?
Here’s what I came up with. I hope you try it and like it! NOTE: I altered the recipe to make 2 servings. In order to make 4, just double all the ingredients.
SERVINGS: 2 PREP TIME: 10 minutes BAKE TIME: 12 minutes
1 egg, room temperature
1 egg yolk, room temperature
1/8 cup sugar
3 oz semisweet chocolate
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbs flour
1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2.Prepare the ramekins by greasing them with butter then tossing a layer of flour until it is covered
3. In a double-boiler, melt the chocolate, and butter
4. Heavily beat the sugar and eggs in a small bowl
5. Once chocolate is melted add the nutmeg and vanilla, then quickly fold it into the eggs along with the flour
6. Slowly pour the batter into the ramekins leaving enough room for the cakes to rise
7. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes
8. Let them cool for 20 minutes, then use a butter knife to run along the rim of the cake separating it from the ramekin. Use a flat plate to cover the ramekin then turn it over. NOTE: If you let the cakes sit for 15 minutes, the cake should be warm enough to use a hand to catch the cake. This will make it a bit easier.
9. Use an ice cream, fruit, or sweet drizzle to garnish and enjoy!