Matt Berling's Birthday!
Today is my good friend Matt Berling's birthday. I would sing to him but you can't sing on a blog so I will just send him my best wishes. Anyway-this site is about food. I wanted to share with you a delicious birthday surprise recipe in Matt's honor. His favorite cake is chocolate. Please find below a recipe for "Molten Chocolate Babycakes" . This recipe is taken from the "How To Be A Domestic Goddess-Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking" by Nigella Lawson. Happy Birthday Matt!!
Molten Chocolate Babycakes:
You need the following-
Scant 1/4 Cup soft unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
12 Ounces best bittersweet chocolate
1/2 Cup Sugar
4 Large eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 Cup all-purpose flour
6 Individual 6-Ounce custard cups, buttered
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, putting in a baking sheet at the same time. Lay 3 of the custard cups on a sheet of doubled baking parchment. Draw circles around them, remove, and then cut out discs as marked. Press them all into the base of the cups.
Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat eggs and salt, then vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined, scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter.
Divide the batter between the 6 custard cups, quickly pull out the baking sheet out of the oven, arrange the little cups on it and replace the sheet back into the oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Tip out the baby cakes onto small plates or shallow bowls as soon as they exit the oven. Serve these with fresh whipped cream. Serves 6