Try these decadent and rich Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe using Cuvée Grand Cru 75% Extra Dark Chocolate (one of our favorite chocolates!).
Dark Chocolate Benefits
Dark chocolate is often praised for its health benefits. It is high in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals and is also rich source of minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and zinc, which are essential for maintaining good health. There have been some studies that suggest that consuming dark chocolate on a regular basis may help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. And if that wasn’t enough dark chocolate has been found to be beneficial for brain function, as it contains compounds that can improve cognitive performance and protect against age-related cognitive decline.
Ingredients (makes 10 cakes)
160 g Cuvée Grand Cru 75% Extra Dark Chocolate
185 g butter
310 g eggs
190 g caster sugar
80 g plain flour
Butter & plain flour for your pudding dishes
- Break the chocolate into small pieces, roughly the size of five cent pieces or smaller and place them into a bowl add the butter into a sauce pan or small pot and melt it on the stove until just before boiling point.
- Pour the hot butter over the chocolate bits and leave it to melt for 1-2 minutes before thoroughly combining with a whisk.
- Crack your eggs, combine them with the sugar and whip both in a kitchen mixer until it forms soft peak.
- Fold in the sifted flour, cover the mix with plastic wrap and set its aside in the refrigerator, ideally overnight but for at least 8 hours.
- Prepare your pudding dishes by brushing them thin and evenly with some melted butter and dusting them with plain flour.
- Using a piping bag or large spoon, fill the pudding mix into your prepared pudding dishes, about 4/5 to the rim.
- Bake the puddings at 180°C for approx. 6-8 minutes, the outer should be just baked and the centre still quite gooey.
- Un-mould your puddings directly onto a plate and serve them whilst they are still hot.
- Nothing is more disappointing than a lava cake missing the lava! To make sure you don’t overcook yours, watch for the cakes still looking kind of wet in the middle and de-mould them straight after baking.