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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Today we’re featuring another recipe from Bake, Love, Write, this time from author Melinda Curtis. Melinda writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet romances as well as hotter romances under her Mel Curtis pen name. Learn more about Melinda and her books at her website. 

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

This recipe serves 6 and only takes 15 minutes to prepare.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter plus 2 tablespoons
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
confectioner’s sugar
unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Grease six 8-10 ounce ramekins, soufflé dishes, or custard cups with 2 tablespoons butter. Place ramekins in a 15” x 10” x 1” baking pan. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate and remainder of butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate melts. Remove pan from heat. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on high speed 8-10 minutes, or until thick and a lemon color. Fold 1/3 of the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Fold remaining chocolate mixture and flour into egg mixture. Spoon about 2/3 cup batter into each prepared ramekin.

Bake about 12 minutes or until cake edges feel firm. Cool in ramekins on a wire rack 2-3 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cakes from the sides of the ramekins. Place onto dessert plates. Sift with powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Serve immediately.

Bake, Love, Write:
105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

A percentage of the profit from Bake, Love, Write is donated to NoKidHungry.org.

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