Chocolate anyone? Yes, please(!) and lots of it as we get closer and closer to this year's Valentine's Day, next week. These little chocolate pots are super easy to make and you can enjoy a 6 - 12 hour work day and still have these warm molten babies ready in time for a romantic supper and dessert evening on the home front. The older I get, the more I treasure and look forward to quiet and intimate at-home pleasures, as often as I can. These are perfect for any occasion, and the most important thing here is to use good quality chocolate chips...
With such a simple and casual recipe (and because I really didn't plan it in advance, just grabbed what I had from our pantry and refrigerator one unexpected evening), I'm keeping the steps easy, because love is indeed easy and full of these little serendipity moments. 1. Prep 4 serving-sized ramekins by lightly greasing with butter, adding a dust of cocoa powder, and set aside. 2. In the top of a double boiler over just under a half pot of simmering water, melt 1 1/3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (also available at your local Whole Foods Market) and 1 stick of butter (sliced into small squares), and blend well. Remove from heat.
3. Whisk 3 eggs in a separate bowl and blend in 3/4 cups granulated sugar, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the egg mixture. 4. Slowly add and blend well into the warm melted chocolate, stirring constantly. 5. Stir in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1/2 teaspoon of Kahlua Coffee Flavoured Liqueur (optional) 6. Set oven to 300F.
7. Pour into the greased ramekins and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, checking at the 20 minute mark.
8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm as is, or with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Quick pantry check or grocery store pick ups: 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 stick butter, 3/4 cups sugar, pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, coffee liqueur (optional), powdered sugar.
Special thanks to Whole Foods Market. #Sponsored