Another Valentine’s Day, another holiday related to love when I’m single. I think because of that, I avoid the holiday and everything related to it. I decided to stay home and avoid all the romance this holiday brings. I could avoid all the external things, but I decided to treat myself and make the molten chocolate cakes since it would be easy and a nice treat for myself.
Love life aside, I had a stressful week at work. Those who don’t know – I work in public accounting which means there are times of the year where I’m so busy, I can’t even think to do anything else except sleep and eat. This week was especially rough because one of the companies I’ve been working on has been difficult. Regardless, I didn’t actually have time to live my life, but I needed a break from it all. I decided to bake this cake to make myself happy. Chocolate and a bit of berries – yum! The cake was slightly baked too much and didn’t ooze like I wanted to, but it was still delicious!
(adapted from here)
2 ounces unsalted butter
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 egg yolk
2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon of all-purpose flour
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Butter and lightly flour two 6 ounce ramekins. Tap out the excess flour. Set the ramekins on the baking sheet.
3. In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the butter with the chocolate.
4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg with the egg yolk, sugar, and salt until thickened.
5. Whisk the chocolate until smooth. Quickly fold into the egg mixture along with the flour.
6. Spoon the batter in the prepared ramekins and bake for 12 minutes. The sides should be firm but the centers soft.
7. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted dessert plate.
8. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 10 section and then unmold. Serve immediately!