Molten Lava Cakes

We have a lot of great recipes to cover this week, but let’s take it in chronological order. On the night before Thanksgiving, when the pies were baked and the turkey was stuffed, my family had a birthday celebration. We started with a great meal of take-out Indian food, at my suggestion. I can’t believe how far my family has come since our great Indian feast this summer! My nephew is a man of few words, but he did say “yum” when served some Chicken Biryani. And perhaps the best compliment was my Dad saying that my chana masala was better than the restaurant version.

We then moved on to the main course, and by that, I mean dessert. My sister prepared molten lava cakes using this Paula Deen recipe. My request was for something “chocolatey”, and she delivered. All I did was hang out in the kitchen, snapping photos. She started by melting butter and chocolate in a glass bowl set in a pan of hot water.

Once that was melted, she added eggs, and flour and sugar.

When those ingredients were combined, she added a pinch of vanilla and chocolate liquor.

Then, she poured the mixture into small glass dishes, and put them in the oven. In less than 15 minutes, the lava cakes were done, and ready to be adorned with vanilla ice cream.

Yeah, I think we all liked them! They were very rich, and each bite had an intense chocolate flavor. This is not an everyday recipe, but perfect for a special occasion. Thanks to my sister for making it happen! What’s in the gift bags you ask? Don’t worry, you’ll see later.

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