My first stab at a recipe from the book The Essence of Chocolate (as so kindly bestowed upon me by Jason) was the molten cake. From its description, the cake sounded like a version of the warm brownie/chocolate cake-with-the-soft-center-paired-with-ice-cream dish usually found on the dessert menu of so many restaurants. Original? Probably not. Amazing? Always!
Similar to several other chocolate cake recipes I've seen, the molten cake only required: chocolate (70% cocoa), butter, sugar, eggs and just the tiniest bit of flour. It's a little frightening to think that the cake is basically melted chocolate and butter, but what would life be like if we had self-control?
The preparation was surprisingly simple: you first melt the chocolate and then basically combine it with everything else, mix it all together and finally bake the batter in little ramekins at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. The result is a warm and gooey cake, bittersweet and strong in chocolate flavor. Fabulous!
Rating of recipe: 9.7/10 (heavenly)