Molten Lava Chocolate Fondant

A few years ago there was a show on TLC called, The Take-home Chef with Curtis Stone. Not only was he entertaining to watch with his adorable accent and his dimples that would make any woman in a grocery store swoon…but his recipes were wonderful! This is a recipe inspired by one of his episodes and one I keep in my back pocket for only special occasions because it is so spectacular.

This amazing dish is just one part of our Ulitmate Valentine's Day Dinner! Check out the rest of the dishes to complete your meal:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 stick of Unsalted Butter
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder for dusting
  • 4 Ounces 70% Dark Chocolate Bar, chopped
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat six 3-inch-/8-cm-deep x 2 1/2-inch-/6-cm-wide molds or six 3/4 - cup/180-ml, ovenproof custard cups with 1 tablespoon of butter. Dust the molds with cocoa powder, rolling each mold around to cover the sides and bottoms well and tapping out any excess cocoa.

2.  Stir the chocolate and remaining 2 sticks/226 g of butter in a heavy medium saucepan over a low heat until smooth. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until pale and doubled in volume; this will take about 3 to 5 minutes. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared molds, dividing equally.

3.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until slightly puffed and just set around the sides (a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes should come out with batter attached). Let the fondants rest for 3 to 4 minutes.

4.  Place a plate over each fondant. Holding the plate and mold together, invert the fondants onto the plates, giving a sharp little shake to loosen. The fondants will slide out onto the plates, serve with vanilla ice cream. If you have any remaining dark chocolate, shave the chocolate over the fondants and ice cream. Enjoy!

This is one of my favorite recipes, especially to make for someone special in my life.

Gorgeous images by Erin Kata Photography.

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