I keep trying to come up with an adequate description for this recipe I came upon a few weeks back. Words fail me...it's that good. These little molten lava cakes are so exquisite in texture and flavor, you might feel sheepish when you discover how incredibly simple and quick they are to make. You may find you have all the ingredients in your pantry already..in which case, you'll need no occasion at all to make these little babies. Well, I guess I always manage to find something to say...but, it's still that good.
Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Cakes (makes 4 servings)
4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate 1/2 cup butter 1 tbsp. Cabernet Sauvignon, or red wine 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup confectioner's sugar 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 6 tbsp. flour 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Butter 4 (6 oz.) ramekins (custard or souffle cups). Place on baking sheet. Preheat oven to 425F.
Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high 1 minute or until butter is melted. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in wine, vanilla, and sugar until blended. Whisk in eggs and yolk. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Spoon evenly into prepared dishes.
Bake in preheated 425F oven for 15 minutes or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 1 minute. Loosen edges with knife. Invert onto serving plates. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.
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