Chocolate Bomb

My friends Samantha and Jon have been married for a few years. Jon is the cook and Samantha the cleaner. Together, they cook up successful dinner parties. This dessert is Jon’s special treat for guests. Now you can enjoy it, too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler (See Tips.) When melted set aside to cool.
  3. Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or by hand using a spoon in a large bowl, mix the sugar and eggs until color lightens, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour the cooled chocolate/butter mixture beat into the mixer or bowl then stir in the heavy cream, vanilla and salt. Beat well, scraping the ingredients from the sides of the bowl as you mix.
  5. Add the flour and mix until blended.
  6. Divide the mixture between four 6-ounce ovenproof cappuccino cups or any style cup or small bowl. Fill to 1/4 inch below the rim of the cup.
  7. Place cups on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or just until the tops of the cake begin to crack. Do not over bake. The tops should be crisp and the interior soft.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. While cooling, make the whipped cream. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, about 5 minutes. Don’t over whip or it will turn into butter. You could also use whipped cream from a can to save time.
  9. Place a dollop of the flavored whipped cream onto each warm cup and garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy.

TIP

A double boiler consists of a bowl placed on top of a pan of simmering water. The bowl does not touch the water, but creates a seal with the bottom pan to trap the steam produced by the simmering water. The trapped steam keeps the top bowl warm. Inside the top bowl, you can melt chocolate without worrying that it will stick and burn.

You can buy a double boiler, but it’s easy to make one at home. All you need is a mixing bowl (preferably glass/Pyrex or metal) and a saucepan. The  pan and bowl should fit tightly together; you don’t want a gap between the bowl and the saucepan, nor do you want a bowl that sits precariously. To use the double boiler, add water to the pan and bring it to a simmer, then place the bowl on top and fill it with whatever you intend to cook or melt.

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