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Here is an easy chocolate cake recipe to make those wonderfully, half-cooked moelleux au chocolate you find at the best Parisian bistros.
This nearly flourless version of chocolate cake is found in all over France – probably because it's so easy to make.
In fact, chocolate cake recipes don't get much simpler than this. It takes only minutes to prepare and can be popped in the oven just as your guests are finishing their main course. You'll need to let them cool slightly, but they should still be warm when served.
At many Paris bistros, the moelleux au chocolate arrives to the table warm and, with just a flick of a spoon, a soft puddle of warm chocolate is released. This easy chocolate cake recipe is a snap to master and one you'll use again and again.
Do not over bake the cakes. They should still be quivering when you take them out of the oven.
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½ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup unbleached flour
½ cup butter, softened
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups or use any individual molds that you have on hand – ramekins do nicely. If you're using ramekins prepare them by brushing the insides with melted butter.
In a large bowl, mix together the sugars, flour, salt and eggs and stir briskly until mixed. Put the butter and chocolate in a double boiler and melt, stirring frequently until melted. Let cool slightly and pour into the first mixture and beat until blended. Stir in the vanilla.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, filling half full. Bake for about 15 minutes, (try not to over bake). Remove from oven and turn out onto a cooling rack. Voila! Very chocolatey!
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