Here is the ultimate chocolate dessert for your Christmas dinner. It's actually quite easy to prepare. The dessert can be prepared several hours ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Just bring the desserts back to room temperature and pop them in a preheated oven.
We have tried several recipes for warm chocolate cake, also know as molten chocolate cake but keep coming back to this recipe from Jean-George who created the dish in NYC. This undercooked chocolate cake that Jean-Georges refers to as "a mistake" has become one of the most popular and copied desserts in NY. When you cut into the brownie-like crust the warm chocolate pudding-like center will ooze out.
4 squares (4 ounces) bittersweet Valrhona chocolate
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. cocoa powder for dusting (optional)
1. Melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water until the chocolate is almost completely melted. While the mixture is heating, beat together the eggs, yolks and sugar with a whisk or electric beater until light and thick.
2. Mix well the chocolate and butter mixture then pour into the egg mixture. Quickly beat in the flour until just combined.
3. Butter and lightly flour four four-ounce molds or ramekins. Tap out any excess flour. Repeat this process a second time. Divide the batter among the molds. At this point you can refrigerate the desserts for up to several hours. Just bring them back to room temperature before baking.
4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Bake the molds on a tray for 7 minutes. The outside of the desserts will be set, but the centers will still be quite soft.
5. Invert each mold on a plate and let sit for 10 seconds. Unfold by lifting slowly one side of the mold. The cake will fall out onto the plate. Serve alone or with ice cream of your choice.
Jean-Georges Vongericthen and Mark Bittman
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