Chocolate break: Baked Hot Chocolate?

Yes, please.

[SWEETS]

F. Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas

Oh. Who said the WSJ was all work and no play?

Here’s the article. A taste:

With only four ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to make. Cooking these simple kitchen staples results in three layers of differing texture: The top layer is slightly crispy; the middle, a warm, silken pudding and, at the bottom, you’ll find the most unctuous hot chocolate imaginable.

Oh my. More important, here’s the recipe. It’s on our to-do list. I  have everything save the cream, and yes, it looks necessary.

BAKED HOT CHOCOLATE

Total Time: 40 Minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

9 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes

4 large eggs

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Lightly sweetened whipped cream, to taste (optional)

What To Do

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange four 1-cup ovenproof coffee cups, mugs or 8-ounce ramekins in a baking or roasting pan.

2. Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler set over barely simmering water. Whisk occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Stir eggs and sugar together in a mixing bowl, then set bowl over simmering water. Stir until warm to the touch.

4. Remove from heat. Beat egg mixture with an electric beater until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Gently fold egg mixture into chocolate mixture.

5. Spoon batter into cups. Add enough very hot water to baking pan to come halfway up sides of cups. Bake until the tops lose their glossy finish, 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove cups from pan.

6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a generous dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Puddings may be refrigerated for up to one day. To reheat, bring them to room temperature and then set in a 350-degree oven until warm, about 5 minutes.

Oh.

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5 Responses

  1. my husband will love this! we had a similar dessert on our cruise last october and he ate it every night. thanks for posting it!

  2. I’ll be making this…

  3. MUST….GO…..GROCERY ….SHOPPING…..NOW!

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