Recipe courtesy of Lynn Crawford
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Chocolate Molten Cakes with Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate Truffles
Total:
5 hr 50 min
Prep:
1 hr
Inactive:
4 hr 15 min
Cook:
35 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
5 hr 50 min
Prep:
1 hr
Inactive:
4 hr 15 min
Cook:
35 min
Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (not unsweetened)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Raspberry Sauce, recipe follows
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream, recipe follows
  • Chocolate Truffles, recipe follows
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries (about 1/2 pound) or 1 3/4 cups frozen, thawed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Vanilla Sweet Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Truffles:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 cups walnuts, finely chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Butter six 3/4-cup souffle dishes or custard cups. 

Stir the butter and chocolate in a heavy, medium saucepan over low heat until melted. Cool slightly. 

Whisk the eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl to blend. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar, and then the melted chocolate and the flour. Pour the batter into the prepared dishes, dividing equally. Bake the cakes until the sides are set but the center remains soft and runny, about 11 minutes (or up to 14 minutes for batter that was refrigerated). 

Run a small knife around the cakes to loosen. Immediately turn the cakes out onto plates. Spoon Raspberry Sauce around the cakes. Top with Vanilla Sweet Cream and Chocolate Truffles.

Raspberry Sauce:

Cook the raspberries, confectioners' sugar and lemon juice over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine sieve to remove any seeds and chill.

Vanilla Sweet Cream:

In chilled bowl, whisk the cream until it begins to foam and thicken. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and continue to whisk just until soft peaks form.

Chocolate Truffles:

Heat the heavy cream in a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan. Make sure that you have chopped the chocolate as finely as possible to allow it to melt quickly and easily. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium-size mixing bowl. Make a ganache by pouring about half of the hot cream over the chocolate and letting it sit for 30 seconds to melt the chocolate. Then slowly whisk until smooth and homogenous. Do not add all of the hot cream to the cold chocolate at once; the shock of the temperature extremes would cause the fat in the chocolate to separate. 

Pour the ganache onto a plastic wrap-covered baking sheet and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Cover the ganache with plastic wrap and allow it to cool for at least 4 hours at room temperature. 

When the ganache has cooled to the consistency of a thick paste, scrape it into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe 1-inch-diameter mounds spaced 1-inch apart on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. To pipe the mounds, hold the pastry bag at a slight angle and allow the tip to touch the parchment as you begin to pipe. Once you have formed the mound, stop squeezing and lift the tip straight up, leaving a small tail on the top of each mound. You can also use a spoon and drop small mounds of ganache onto the baking sheet. Let the truffles harden in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, until they are hard enough to roll with your hands. 

To roll the mound into a ball, place a truffle between both palms, squeeze slightly and roll between your hands. The truffles will look nicer if they are as round as possible. 

When all the truffles are rolled into balls, they are ready to be coated. If they have become too soft, place them in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours until they are firm enough to coat. Roll in cocoa powder or chopped walnuts, one at a time.

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