Thursday, October 23, 2008

sugar addiction

So, for the most part I try to keep away from sugar--with disastrous results. Longing, sadness, an intense desire for one Coke or cookie. I'm not going to lie, it can get ugly. Anyway, as I am sitting here dying for something yummy I was inspired by The City Sage (see post below) who posts her baking skills for all to see.

Now, normally my baking comes out OK--usually it tastes good but looks kind of iffy. However, this recipe looked good and tasted so good that I thought I was addicted for a while. It's been a long time since I've made them though, so I think it's safe to bake again! They are so easy, I highly suggest trying them! (from the wonderful Nigella Lawson: How to be a Domestic Goddess) however, be warned--your chocolate life will never be the same!

Half stick soft unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
12oz bittersweet chocolate
three quarters cup sugar
4 large eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
third of a cup flour
6 individual pudding moulds, I used cupcake tins
butteredbaking paper
Unless you are making these up in advance, preheat the oven to 400F, putting in a baking sheet at the same time. Lay 3 of the moulds on a sheet of doubled baking paper. Draw round them, remove, and then cut out the discs as marked. Press them all into the base of the tins.Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter.Divide the batter between the 6 moulds, quickly whip the baking sheet out of the oven, arrange the little tins on it and replace in the oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes (the extra 2 minutes will be needed if the puddings are fridge-cold when you start) and as soon as you take them out of the oven, tip out these luscious babycakes onto small plates or shallow bowls; hot, chocolate goo will ooze out of them as you break them with a greedy spoon. Serve these with cream, crème fraiche, or ice cream as you so desire.Serves 6.


Anonymous said...

Ooh these look delish! I've not tried this recipe but it's only 7:30 am and I'm totally drooling at the thought of it.

'How to Be a Domestic Goddess' is my fave Nigella book by far. With a name like that, how could it not be awesome!

bon bon girls said...

I do feel very domestic goddessy whilst baking---unless I totally destroy something. i.e. the blue cheese crackers? Holy moly, did those turn out bad! I guess I should stick to sweets!