12/19/09

molten chocolate cake w/ raspberry coulis and caramel

chocolate molten cake w/ raspberry coulis & caramel Chocolate souffle, chocolate molten cakes are like a happy drug to me--an addicting happy drug. When a good chocolate molten cake is paired perfectly with a fruit coulis, like raspberry, the end result is pure sweet heaven. The best molten cakes are made with the best chocolate, period--no other way around it. The chocolate paired with the raspberry coulis is just heavenly. I have yet to try a lemon coulis. I think a good lemon coulis would go so well with a vanilla-white chocolate molten cake. Doesn't that sound good? Anyone tried a lemon coulis? With this molten cake I added an extra layer of flavor: caramel. I was going to add some creme fraiche, but the snowstorm is keeping me inside, so I wasn't able to run to the store. But I added some freshly whipped cream, just as good in my book. chocolate molten cake w/ raspberry coulis & caramel
I got this recipe from the Top Chef Cookbook this was the recipe from Hung (Season 3 of Top Chef, Episode 14: the elimination challenge). Hands down excellent recipe. molten chocolate cakes w/ raspberry coulis by Hung Huynh of Top Chef print recipe raspberry coulis: 1 pint fresh raspberries 2 TB granulated sugar, or to taste 1 TB fresh lemon juice, or to taste molten chocolate cakes: 9 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins 4 large eggs plus 4 large egg yolks (room temp) ½ cup granulated sugar 2 TB flour For the rasp coulis: Put all the ingredients in a food processor and puree. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pushing down on the solids. Discard the seeds. Taste and add more sugar or lemon juice if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. For the molten cakes: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter 4- to 6- ounce ramekins. In the top of a double broiler, combine the chocolate and butter and place over barely simmering water. Stir until melted. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. In a large bowl beat the eggs and yolks until frothy. Add the sugar and continue beating until doubled in volume. Beat in the chocolate mixture, slowly temper to eggs if still hot, and then beat in the flour. Divide the batter among the ramekins. Bake until the sides are set but the center remains soft, 11 to 14 minutes. (Mine were done at the 11 minute mark). to serve: Run a small knife around the cakes to loosen, and turn the cake out onto plates. Spoon the raspberry coulis around the cakes and top with crème fraiche. Garnish with mint and/or fresh raspberries. If you want to serve caramel with it like I did here is the recipe for the caramel.

28 comments:

  1. Looks incredible. Wow. I want some of this now!

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  2. I remember this recipe!! And now, I want it!!

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  3. I've never watched top chef. I might have to give it a go. This dessert is stunning!

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  4. Maria- what?!?! You are definitely missing out.

    Dawn- this looks amazing!

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  5. It is stunning in all its sinful glory! you start off so great too!

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  6. Now this is a drug I can get addicted to.

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  7. Book marking this! Josh's dad loves molten cake but I've never tried home making it! Looks fantstic

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  8. Sounds heavenly! And such a beautiful presentation!

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  9. I think I died and went to Heaven! This looks DELICIOUS....oooh, I could so use this chocolate now. While in bed. Lol!

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  10. Dumb question from a non-baker... How is it safe to eat this (which it obviously is) when the center isn't cooked? Aren't raw eggs bad for you?

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  11. That sounds fabulous & I love the addition of caramel

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  12. look at that plating!! gorgeous :) and holy yum. this would be wonderful to warm up with in this snow... i'm guessing you're getting slammed right now--good luck shoveling out!

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  13. Gorgeous presentation! I LOVE molten chocolate cake! I just want to put a spoon in it and watch all the deliciously gooey chocolate ooze out!

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  14. any chocolate is a happy drug for me. Hmmm, maybe I need to eat more chocolate.

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  15. Wah wah, snow, snow....I want snow so I can have a fabulous excuse to stay in and bake!! Chocolate molten cakes are one of my fave desserts. I would prob do this with strawberries...actually, I really want to do this..like soon.

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  16. This is definitely my drug of choice!

    Merry Christmas Dawn!

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  17. yeah, drugs are of no use to me as long as i have chocolate. this looks great, even though it's by hung, who drove me crazy. :)

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  18. Looks very nice. My English is no so good, I hope you can traslation:
    Desearle todo lo mejor en estos dias tan señalados, salud y amor junto a sus seres queridos.
    Que las penas sean pocas y breves y las alegrias y los buenos momentos infinitos.
    Congratulations for your blog.
    Regards

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  19. I like these kind of drugs! What a very sophisticated looking dessert. Great job Dawn. Have a Happy Christmas!

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  20. Wow this is fabulous Dawn, stunning!

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  21. For this angle, that looks like a monster of a cake! The classic raspberry coulis always works.

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  22. Looks Dee-licious, Dawn! Happy Holidays sweetie!

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  23. Oh my this is shouting for me!

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  24. I made it with my roomate last night.. can i just say.. FABULOUSSS!!

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  25. There are no words, well I guess chocolate and molten together, suffice! Just made a white cake with vanilla icing, it pales in comparison - and no pun intended! Have two birthdays this week and I am thinking this will be the cake. thanks.

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