Bill’s Warm, Soft Chocolate Cake

Bill’s Warm, Soft Chocolate Cake

½ cup (1stick) butter, room temperature, plus some for buttering the molds

4 squares (4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, preferably Valrhona

2 eggs

2 eggs yolks

¼ cup sugar

2 teaspoons flour, plus more for dusting. Whipped Cream , for serving

In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, heat the butter and chocolate together until the chocolate is almost completely melted. While that’s heating, beat together the eggs, yolks, and sugar with a whisk or electric beater until light and thick.

Beat together the melted chocolate and butter; it should be quite warm. Pour in the egg mixture, then quickly beat in the flour, just until combined

Butter and light flour four 4-ounce molds, custard cups, or ramekins. Tap out the excess flour, then butter and flour them again. Divide the batter among the molds. (At this point you can refrigerate the desserts until you are ready to eat, for up to several hours; bring them back to room temperature before baking.) Preheat the oven to 450F. Bake the molds on a tray for 6-7 minutes; the center will be still be quite soft, but the sides will be set.

Invert each mold onto a plate and let sit for about 10 seconds. Unmold by lifting up one corner of the mold; the cake will fall out onto the plate. Serve immediately.

Here you go, do not overcook, spoils the surprise, Bill.

(Jean-Georges is one of my favorite chefs, simple intelligent cooking.)

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