Saturday, March 1, 2008

Honey Bees and Lava Cakes

Bzzorm.

So I have been doing some serious and heavy research, on chocolate desserts. Tonight I was exploring the tongular delight that is Molten Lava Cakes. Damn. DAMN! Have you tasted this shit? Its the best thing in the world maybe. So I have a couple of recipes for it now, some have a few different ingredients such as liqueus, espresso, or uhhh salt. So it's down to Paula Dean and Williams Sonoma. Probably going to make the one from my Williams Sonoma dessert book. BUT I was also looking into kind of ice cream I could blob on top of this warm gooey pot of chocosex. I came across Haagen Daaz's Save The Honeybees campaign on their site. Its very pretty, cute and interactive. Help The Honey Bees. You can even make a bee! The one above looks EXACTLY like my sister. Now she would truly be, a bumble bee! HAHAHAHAAA

Animal Collective - Chocolate Girl.mp3

Muscles - Chocolate Raspberry Lemon and Lime.mp3

Tom Waits - Chocolate Jesus.mp3


William Sonoma Molten Chocolate Cakes

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

4 egg yolks

6 Tbs. sugar

2 Tbs. Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted

1 tsp. finely grated orange zest (optional)

3 egg whites, at room temperature

Crème anglaise for serving

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Lightly butter six 3/4-cup ramekins and dust with cocoa powder. Set the ramekins on a small baking sheet.

In the top pan of a double boiler, combine the chocolate and butter. Set the pan over but not touching barely simmering water in the bottom pan and melt the chocolate and butter, then whisk until the mixture is glossy and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks, 3 Tbs. of the sugar, the cocoa powder and the orange zest on medium-high speed until thick. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the yolk mixture and beat until well blended. The mixture will be very thick.

In a bowl, using clean beaters, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until they are very foamy and thick. Sprinkle in the remaining 3 Tbs. sugar and increase the speed to high. Continue beating until firm, glossy peaks form. Spoon half of the beaten whites onto the chocolate mixture and whisk in until just blended. Add the remaining whites and stir gently until just blended. Spoon into the prepared ramekins, dividing evenly.

Bake the cakes until they are puffed and the tops are cracked, about 13 minutes. The inside of the cracks will look very wet. Remove from the oven and serve immediately in the ramekins. Or run the tip of a small knife around the inside of each ramekin to loosen the cake, then invert the cakes onto individual plates. Serve with a drizzle of crème anglaise. Serves 6.

Variation: If you would like your molten chocolate cakes to have crunchy bottoms and sides, dust the buttered ramekins with superfine sugar instead of with cocoa powder.

2 comments:

Wendy77 said...

What a letdown. I thought those cakes were the product of culinary genius, or magic, or the power of wishes. Turns out it's just some gooey fuck-up by a cooking newb. That's my interpretation of it, anyway.

By the by, we made Jalapeno Poppers tonight, and I thought of youuu!

Kara said...

You thought of me but not enough to invite me over to eat them, damn you!! DAMN YOU!!


Hey man, have you tried these cakes? They are fucking awesome. You'll eat your words. And cake.