Thursday, January 29, 2015

Anna Sultana's Lava Cakes / Links for Romantic Dinners for Two


Good gosh, we’re almost through January.
It’ll be February in a couple of days.
We go from one holiday to the next.
I mean, wasn’t Christmas a week ago?

Valentine’s Day is staring us in the face.
What is there about giving and enjoying chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

I don’t know, and with Valentine’s Day about two weeks away, there isn’t any time to waste doing any research or worrying about it.


What there is time for is to make a nice ‘For Two’ dessert.
Like Lava Cakes.

Want some ideas for romantic dinners for two?
Here are a few great recipes from Adriana La Cerva's chapter Cibo D'Amore in The Sopranos Family Cookbook.


Hints:

I don’t know about you, but I’m nervous about trying a new recipe on a special day.
Why not make a trial run of this recipe this week?
You can present the practice cakes with a simple dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

For the special day pull out all the stops.
Serve them with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries.
Strawberries or raspberries would be very nice.
A drizzling of raspberry and/or chocolate sauce would add a special touch.

You can sift the flour by using  small strainer.

For Valentine’s Day you can make the batter ahead of time, pour it into the prepared ramekins, and then bake it when you’re ready for dessert. 

Don’t have ramekins?  
Custard cups will do.
Prefer unsweetened, milk or white chocolate?
Why not?  It’s your Valentine’s Day, too.


                        Lava Cakes

Generously butter 2 6-oz ramekins, dust them with cocoa powder, and set aside.

Place in a small pot
2 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, or 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Melt together over low heat, stirring until completely smooth. 
Take the pot off the heat.
Stir in 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400º F

Place in a small mixer bowl
1 large egg
Beat at medium speed until foamy.
Slowly add 
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat on high for 10 minutes, until the mixture is very thick and pale yellow.
Pour the egg mixture into the melted chocolate and butter.
Sift directly over the mixture
1 Tablespoon flour
Using a spatula, gently fold everything together.
Divide the batter between the two prepared ramekins.
Smooth the tops with the spatula. 
Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes.
The cakes should have puffed slightly and jiggle a bit in the centre when gently shaken.

Remove the ramekins from the oven.
Immediately run a knife around the edges of each cake. 
Invert each ramekin onto its own individual dessert plate.
Let them sit for about a minute, then lift the ramekins off the cakes. 

Dust with 
Confectioners’ sugar
Garnish with whipped cream, fresh berries and sauce.
Serve immediately.

4 comments:

  1. It sure seems like every time we turn around there's another holiday to celebrate Margaret. If you add food holidays, lookout!!!

    I'm so afraid of trying these Lava Cake recipes. They are so easy to make I'm afraid I'll be making them way to often, lol...They sure are tempting though:) Yours looks irresistible!!!

    Thank you so muc for sharing...

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  2. Hi, Louise,

    Thank you for visiting and for your kind words.

    On the news yesterday they announced that doctors had said that occasional feasting (such as what will happen during tomorrow's game) is alright for a healthy diet.

    What's good advice for football fans should be good for folks celebrating Valentine's Day, don’t you think :-)

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    1. I suppose they could be right, Margaret. I've been going a bit over board with keeping my diet in check since having that stroke in July. I'm waiting to hear what my numbers will be in May before I give in a bit. One thing I know for sure though, Margaret, I'll be "feasting" on Dark Chocolate for Valentine's Day one way or the other, lol...Thank you so much for sharing...

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  3. Oh. my... Having a stroke is very frightening. I don't blame you for being cautious, Louise. Yes, we are at the age where we have to keep an eye on all those the numbers.

    Dark chocolate is supposed to be great for the cardio system, so enjoy feasting on it.

    Have a happy Valentine’s Day, Louise! :-)

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