Last night Sim and I went over to our friends house for dinner. Justin Urich is an old friend of Sim's; he acted in the first movie Sim produced. (It's called "Winter Break" and really cute if you are looking for a movie at blockbuster for tonight!) And we got to meet his ever-so-wonderful girlfriend Barbara! Justin and Barbara are quite a team in the kitchen! They heard I was a vegetarian and prepared a veggie feast to satisfy any meat eater. (even Sim!) They made a delicious heirloom tomato bruschetta and a wild mushroom, asparagus risotto! Very yummy! And I brought a molten lava chocolate cake for dessert. We talked, we laughed, we shared a lot of wine! In fact we were drinking very good, unusual wines from South Africa that our friends Karl and Heather, who were just there, were nice enough to ship a case to us. It's called "Lion Hunt" if you get a chance to look for it. The Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon are really wonderful!
Here is my recipe for the dessert we had. It's a great dinner party dessert cause it is A. Delicious and B. you can make is hours ahead of time, pop it in the oven for 7 minutes and have a fabulous dessert! (FYI this is an old Martha Stewart classic recipe)
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
What you’ll need:
1 stick of butter
4 oz. Valrona Chocolate (or really good rich chocolate)
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
2 tbsp. sifted flour
What you’ll do:
Coat 6 ramekins with butter and cocoa. Place on a cookie sheet. (when flouring anything for a chocolate cake, use cocoa and you won't get the white flour all over your beautiful cake!)
In a double broiler, melt the chocolate and butter
In a kitchenaid or bowl, mix the eggs, yolks, and sugar
Gradually, mix in the chocolate
Add 2 tbsp. sifted flour
Pour into the ramekins.
Bake 7-10 minutes at 450 degrees
Remove from oven and one by one run a knife around the edges and dump over onto plate. Accompany with vanilla bean ice cream, fresh fruit, or freshly whipped cream.
Hopefully I can get some pictures and maybe even a recipe from Justin and Barbara; cross your fingers!