Wednesday, March 25, 2009

GHIRARDELLI INDIVIDUAL CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKES

Centers:
1/2 bar (2-oz) 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
1/4 cup heavy cream

Cakes:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 bar (4-oz) 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
1 stick unsalted butter
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cake flour

To make centers:
Melt chocolate in cream in the top of a double boiler. Whisk gently to blend well. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Form mixture into 6 balls.

To make cakes:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 6 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups with the nonstick cooking spray. Melt chocolate and butter in top of a double boiler. Whisk the mixture gently to blend. With an electric mixer, whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla on high for 5 minutes. Fold the chocolate mixture and flour into the egg mixture until combined. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared ramekins. Place a chocolate ball center in the center of each ramekin of batter. Bake 15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Let stand 5 minutes before inverting onto dessert plate. Remove ramekin.

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