Friday, 13 February 2009

Much better than roses for Valentines day - Baileys Chocolate Fondants

Im not a crazy Valentines day person, Im all about being nice to your loved one all the time. Id much rather sit in and make dinner together than go somewhere overly fancy for an overpriced Valentines Day special and Id much rather get this after my dinner than a bunch of roses (snowdrops are my flowers of choice)

There are a million versions of this recipe everywhere, probably because its dead easy to make and will get you loving from any chocolate lover out there. This version is a version I bastardised with Baileys from Gordon Ramsay.

Baileys Chocolate Fondants
50g unsalted butter
Cocoa powder
50g dark chocolate (minimum 70%)
1 egg
1 eggg yolk
60g caster sugar
50g plain flour
2 good tablespoons of Baileys (optional)

Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter 2 large ramekins or 4 small ones if youre not so greedy and dust with cocoa powder.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl set over a pan of water and leave to cool as you get the rest of the ingredients ready

Whisk the egg, egg yolk and sugar together until pale and thick. Mix in the slightly cooled chocolate mixture and the Baileys.

Sift the flour over the mixture and gently fold in using a large metal spoon. Divide and bake for 12-14 minutes until the top is firm but you can tell that the middle is still soft.

Turn out into two bowls, eat (along with some baileys ice-cream if you have it) and fall into a lovely sugar coma.

The photos of this when cooked may be considered food porn so Ill just let you imagine!

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