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Black Forest Molten Cake

Black Forest Molten Cake
YIELDS
6 servings
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Ingredients

Cherry Filling

1
cup pitted sour cherries
½
cup sugar

Cake

8
oz bittersweet chocolate
½
cup butter, plus enough for greasing ramekins
cup sugar, plus enough for dusting ramekins
3
egg, room temperature
1
tsp vanilla
¼
cup all purpose flour
¼
cup cocoa powder
dash of salt

Brandied Cherry Sauce

2
cup sweet cherries, pitted
½
cup sugar
1
cinnamon stick
4
Tbsp brandy
1 ½
Tbsp cornstarch
2
Tbsp cold water
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Directions

Step 1

Simmer cherries with 1/2 cup sugar for 30 minutes and allow to cool.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Step 3

Butter 4 ramekins and coat with sugar.

Step 4

Melt chocolate over a pot of simmering water (or in microwave).

Step 5

In a separate bowl cream together butter and 2/3 cup sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla.

Step 6

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into chocolate mixture.

Step 7

Spoon batter into ramekins.

Step 8

Place a generous spoonful of cherries in the centre of each ramekin and level chocolate filling to create a flat surface.

Step 9

Bake for 20-22 minutes. The surface of the cakes will lose their shine when done. The batter can be made ahead of time and chilled, but add 10 minutes to the cooking time. Run a butter knife around the edge of the cake to loosen and tip out onto plate.

Step 10

Simmer cherries, sugar and cinnamon for 30 minutes. Stir in brandy.

Step 11

Whisk cornstarch with 2 Tbsp cold water and whisk into cherries. Be certain that cherries are simmering before you remove from heat.

Step 12

Serve sauce warm or chilled.

Step 13

Plate individual cakes and serve with cherry sauce.

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