Thursday, 23 April 2015

Chocolate Fondant Puddings - Make these for Mother's Day

My excuse is that chocolate is full of anti-oxidants - and everything in moderation!
Chocolate contains protein, fat, calcium, iron, magnesium and anti-oxidants called phenols.    In Chinese Medicine dark chocolate is bitter and sweet and goes to the heart meridian.  Small quantities of dark chocolate can actually help people with anxiety.

Serves 6
50 gr unsalted butter plus a little extra to grease the ramekins
350gr dark chocolate (I use Green and Black's Organic Chocolate)
150 gr caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs and a pinch of salt
60gr plain flour, sifted

Pre-heat the oven to 200 celsius.  Grease the ramekins, you will need six and place them on an oven tray.
Melt chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.  Cool slightly.  Cream together the butter and sugar, then add pinch of salt and vanilla extract.  Add flour, bit by bit, when smooth scrape in cooled chocolate.  Blend together until mixed.  Divide batter evenly between ramekins.
At this point you can put them in the fridge for an easy dessert without the fuss for your dinner party.  It's great to make them in the morning or even the day before.
If not pop them straight in the oven for 10 minutes.  If they are coming straight from the refrigerator they will need 12 minutes.  Tip them onto their serving plates and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.  Decorate with berries if you like.  Luscious.
These desserts need some "swoon" music, try  this music by Daniel Hope from his Spheres album and enjoy this decadent molten naughtiness.

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