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Friday, May 27, 2011

Moelleux au Chocolat et Casseroles de Cuivre~ Chocolate Lava Cakes and Copper Cookware

I adore chocolate. That is not a secret to anyone who knows me. While in France Andrea and I made some wonderful Moelleux au Chocolat (chocolate lava cake). It was a bit of heaven when paired with the local fresh red raspberries.


Now you know how I love my copper! I wrote a post devoted entirely to the subject matter HERE.

I had hoped to find an antique copper kettle on my trip and my friend Guy sweetly made sure that I was able to purchase my hearts desire. I also learned that any good French chef worth their Brittany sea salt would also have a cul de poule (kull dee pool) available in their arsenal of tools. So I brought a 100 year old beauty home with me. Not only do I love saying “cul de poule” but I encourage you to translate the literal meaning of the words. It will crack you up. (No egg puns intended.)
The first video shows off my copper bowl and lays out the ingredients for Moelleux au Chocolat  (recipe below).

In this next video you can somewhat see my new (old) tea kettle and the wee covered antique copper pot I also purchased in which I melted the chocolate in. I realize I should have a bain marie (water bath pot) to do this job properly, but this was a good improvisation. I also lightly “dusted” the ramekins with butter. Who the heck lightly dusts anything with butter? I should have said “coated”.  :)

For your viewing pleasure: a bowl of mud. The video cuts off the portion where I mention that I halved the recipe.

Yes, I admit it. I ate some raw batter. It was good and I am not sorry.

So delicious and really quite easy to make. Now, if only there were a “taste” button on the computer keyboard.

Recipe for Moelleux auChocolat
Ingredients to make six servings
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter
8 oz of semi sweet or dark chocolate (I used the Green and Black brand)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (a bit more if you like it sweeter)
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
How to Make It:
Preheat oven to 425°F
1. Melt chocolate on low flame in a bain-marie (double boiler). When melted, remove from heat and                                2. Stir in diced butter, until it melts.
3. In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar, until it starts to whiten.
4. Stir in melted chocolate and then the flour.
5. Coat six individual ramekins with butter, and pour in chocolate batter.
6. Cook for about 12~14 minutes.
7. Tip ramekins upside down onto dessert plates and serve.
You may garnish with raspberries, additional powdered sugar and French vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are wonderful and YUMMY to that dish! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Lana K. W. Austin said...

I have fallen completely in love with your blog! I love your cooking/awesome pans, the post on Brittany and your ode to Oprah stirred in me a similar sentiment. I know it sounds cliche, but she changed my life (I have to write about that!). The Brittany Blue...that is one of my favorite things in the world. Yes, I'm living in Italy and it's a dream, but I love France, too. Luckily they share so much in common, like amazing paint shades!!! I will email you some of the details of our crazy journey here. Until then, know that you are simply amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done with your life--I come from VERY humble beginnings (orphan--lost my Mom at 3) and I am grateful for every single blessing in my life. We have much in common.
Lana In Italy said...


These look absolutely scrumptious. (I think I gained five pounds watching your wonderful tutorial and reading the ingredients!) I hope Metis stocks some kitchen products. I.m also admiring your sweet measuring spoons.

Your Friend,

AshTreeCottage said...

That looks so good. It's just after 6 am here in Idaho. Is it too early for chocolate???

Susan and Bentley

laxsupermom said...

Yum! Love lava cakes, and yours look so good! Nothing quite like eating rich chocolate desserts(or fresh butter) while in France. Thanks for sharing.

Really Rainey said...

Fabulous! And I love the video tutorials! Thank you!
I love chocolate too!


Lorrie said...

Oh, lava cakes - would it be awful if I made them for breakfast?

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

These sound fantastic! Talk about chocolate overload.

I'd like to invite you to link-up with Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

Bobbie said...

Oh. My. Word. These look heavenily

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Looks lovely! I got a huge copper kettle in Paris! I love it - I have a great copper collection but I need to have some of them re-tinned before I can use them.

This chocolate is killing me - 6 months pregnant and all!

Mimi said...

That recipe seems quite easy, so it is possible I could do that!!!I love chocolate!!!!I would love a old bronze pot or tea kettle. You are a lucky lady to have found one!!!
Have a great weekend

Fay said...

Laura MERCI ME HOW FANTASTIQUE it looks wonderful i may have to try making this!
thankyou for your comments yes i think ive had a strong link with Paris one way and another all my life and always will do on so many levels and as much as I love London Paris fits with it perfectly for me have a great weekend fay xxx

Marydon said...

That whets my appetite, for sure. Looks scrump-dilly-ishsusm, Laura. TY for sharing.

Hope all is well with you & your family.

Have a lovely & safe holiday weekend.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, that looks fabulous. I think you will live, I ate raw batter my whole life growing up! Yep, my brother and I each got a beater

I see your followers are gone also, hope they fix it soon!


Karena said...

Laura oh my this is probably my favorite desert and to think that you and Andrea made this in France!!

I am loving your recounts and images!! So happy that you found your perfect copper pot!

Art by Karena

Stitchfork said...

I'm not a big chocolate fan, but that looks delish to me!!
xo Cathy

Little Leslie said...

Yes, I need a taste button, and a slobber wiping button, as well. Yum! I love your blog. You always have the most fun posts. And the poppies post is most sobering, and reverent! I guess these days, the meaning of Memorial Day, is most relevant.
Take care,

The Boston Lady said...

You don't need that taste button, the deliciousness comes right through the screen! As always you have educated, entertained and made us laugh all in one post. Yay for raw batter-eaters! (Yes, I know it's not healthy, it just sooooo hard to not do) Ann