Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Oozing Chocolate & Orange Fondants

These are the most amazingly gooey tasty chocolate desserts. My Granny used to make these for us as kids so we all adore them. I have added some orange zest here but they are also really delicious just plain. Make sure to use a good quality dark chocolate here and not bournville as it only has about 40% cocoa.


Makes: 6   Prep: 15mins   Cook: 12-15minutes

Ingredients:
125grams butter
175g dark chocolate (75% cocoa), broken up into chunks
125g castor sugar
3 eggs
50g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange

Method:
Preheat the oven to 160C fan. 

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. 

Meanwhile line the base of 6 small ramekins and grease the sides well with butter.

Beat the sugar and eggs in an electric mixer until light and fluffy and three times their original size. This will take about 5 minutes.

Sift in the flour and beat for 1 minute.

Fold in the melted chocolate and butter mixture and stir in the vanilla extract and orange zest.

Pour the mixture into the greased and lined ramekins.

If you aren’t cooking the fondants for a good few hours, cover them with cling film and place in the fridge, otherwise you can leave them out until you are ready to cook them.

To cook, place in a preheated oven at 160C fan for 12-15 minutes. At 12 minutes, stick a skewer into the middle of the fondant and check how runny they are. If they are just as runny as you'd like them, remove from the oven and while warm run a knife around the outside of the fondants to loosen them from the ramekins. Place your serving dish on top of the ramekin and turn upside down to remove from the ramekin.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with a good dollop of whipped cream or good quality vanilla ice cream and voilá!

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