Ah, Valentine’s Day. When lovers express their sentiments with flowers, chocolates and greeting cards. Aww.
For my husband and me, we avoid going out to dinner the Saturday around Valentine’s Day. Even with reservations, we still have to wait for an open table in a crowded restaurant and watch as busy servers hustle by. That’s why we choose another day to celebrate.
So on Valentine’s Day, we’ll make special desserts, such as these chocolate lava cakes by Ree Drummond, otherwise known as The Pioneer Woman. We love that it only makes about four servings, so not a lot of leftovers. Plus, they’re delicious and fairly simple to make – just fire up your microwave and oven.
Baking spray, for spraying custard cups
1 stick butter
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray four custard cups with baking spray and place on a baking sheet.
Microwave the butter, bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate in a large bowl on high until the butter is melted, about 1 minute. Whisk until the chocolate is also melted. Stir in the sugar until well blended. Whisk in the eggs and egg yolks, then add the vanilla. Stir in the flour. Divide the mixture among the custard cups.
Bake until the sides are firm and the centers are soft, about 13 minutes. Let stand 1 minute. Invert on individual plates while warm and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond