Bring on the chocolate!

When you start getting all kinds of cravings, you must either be very pregnant OR very depressed OR very much on a road back to good health. I’ve been candidate in all three categories at some stages in my life, but thankfully I fall in the last one now!

I have been absent for some time, due to some health hiccups. Thank you for the caring support and encouragement I’ve received from friends out there. Slowly but surely I’m starting to dance to the rhythms of everyday living again and what better way than to tag along some indulgence. Chocolate. The cooler evenings ask for more drama at the end of a meal; something comforting, rich and lasting. Not that I have made that many meals these last few months! I have a wonderful husband who happily took over the role of chef. And he did such a great job that I probably would’ve assigned him permanently to this position, were I not quite stingy with sharing my reign as maestro in the kitchen! I think I can safely say I’ve claimed back my apron with this decadent, gooey chocolate dessert.

 

I’m sure everybody has his/her own unique recipe for this dessert and they’re all good. Some tips I could pass on for those who make it for the first time:

  • Be sure to keep the portions very small, because it is extremely rich and 5 spoon fulls of satisfaction can keep you going for the whole week.
  • Play around with presentation to suit your meal – something more elegant in an interesting ramekin, served with some whipped cream or créme fraiche on the side, decorated with a mint leaf or some red berries. Or finish off a light meal by the fireside in a rustic fashion, by serving your chocolate desserts in tiny “cocottes“(pots), directly from oven to plate, with some cold ice cream as accompaniment.
  • This dessert is best eaten warm. Not directly hot from the oven as you don’t want to scorch your palate into kingdom come, but certainly warmer than room temperature. Let it cool for about 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

…decadence in a “cocotte”…

Chocolate dessert.

  •  150g dark chocolate
  • 125g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. Butter 6-8 ramekins(depending on size) and sift lightly with flour.
  3. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt with butter over boiling water, or in the microwave(stir frequently).
  4. Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture, one at a time while continuing whisking.
  5. Add the sugar, pinch of salt and lastly stir in the flour.
  6. Fill the ramekins 3/4 with the chocolate mixture.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes, until the top starts to crack and the pudding starts pulling away from the sides, but still feels soft when pressed down on the top. The core should be thick and runny….gooey is the right word. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly.
  8. Serve warm with créme frâiche or cream or even a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6-8 people

AND NOW:

A big THANK YOU! to TASTEmagazine in South Africa, who named Myfrenchkitchen in their August issue as the Best blogger from abroad. I feel very honoured. Read more about the magazine and its impressive list of awards here.

I was sharing company with four very accomplished artists in the kitchen who were mentioned for…Sophia  from Capetable for Best local living, Nina from My easy cooking for Best make-me-now-pics,  Jeanne from Cooksister for Best veteran site and Inge from Vanielje kitchen for Best leisurely read. A belated congratulations to you all!

…OK, let’s eat!…

 

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16 responses

  1. dinahmow

    My notifier flashed this post just as I was about to head to the bakery for an olive/tomato loaf for lunch. Shouldn’t have stopped to read this first!Ah well, it’s a sunny day so lunch will be service au jardin…

    20/09/2008 at 03:12

  2. Tink

    I am glad you are feeling better…Love, Tink.

    20/09/2008 at 04:39

  3. Welcome back . And good that yo took avoer tha apron from you dear hubby, otherwise how could we indulge in that delicious chocolate dessert

    20/09/2008 at 09:07

  4. I am so happy that you are better. Your blog was one of the first to inspire me to start my own….
    The dessert is a delight. I made chocolate fondants the other night and it was a total disaster…….to dry and overbaked. I’ll trust your recipe next time!

    20/09/2008 at 11:20

  5. Jean

    Oh, my goodness, Ronell, WELCOME BACK!!! And what a way to return…with chocolate. Take very good care of yourself. What on earth would we do without you?

    20/09/2008 at 18:48

  6. YAY Ronell – I was so happy to see your comment on my blog this morning! So sorry you have had health issues. I was worried about you, and kept checking your blog. Good to hear you are on the mend. Love this chocolate post and looking forward to more of your wonderful recipes and photographs. Congrats on the magazine recognition!

    Lori Lynn

    20/09/2008 at 20:14

  7. Hi Ronell,
    Here’s a big hug because you’re back! And here’s another one for your recognition in Taste! That is truly fabulous. I’m so happy for you.
    Susan

    21/09/2008 at 01:03

  8. Hi Ronell, I hope you are ok and I’m looking forward to reading more about your delicious and beautiful food. The chocolate cocotte is marvelous. Congrats on your mention in Taste!

    21/09/2008 at 02:32

  9. Hi Ronell, I’m so glad that youare feeling better and up to cooking again. You have been such an inspiration, and sorely missed these past few months.
    Welcome back and feel good! Cheers Rita

    And of course the chocolate is mouth-watering!

    21/09/2008 at 03:33

  10. Congratulations, welcome back, and here’s to your good health!

    21/09/2008 at 19:26

  11. I am so happy to hear that you’re back in the saddle again, Ronell. Bring on the chocolate! Thank goodness you are alright.

    21/09/2008 at 20:07

  12. Congratulations on the wonderful mention in Taste magazine! So glad to see that you’re feeling better!

    22/09/2008 at 01:45

  13. giz

    So glad to hear you’re recovering. Take good care of yourself. The chocolate – well, I’m going to love that in my own kitchen sometime very soon and I’m not quite sure what category I’ll fall into.

    22/09/2008 at 02:49

  14. Jackie

    Welcome back and congrats on your award…Your blog is one of the best.You inspired me.

    Good health!

    23/09/2008 at 05:15

  15. Congrats on being mentioned in the magazine and it is so nice to see you again!

    What a comeback! Those chocolate desserts are to die for, literally. Fortunately for me, I am not a choco-holic so I think that I am safe :)

    23/09/2008 at 23:53

  16. Hi Ronel and a belated welcome back!! So glad to hear you are on the roed to health again – I was quite worried after your e-mail (and I think I still owe you an e-mail!!).

    Nothing like a bit of chocolate decadence to help you on the road to recovery… I’m thinking this might be the perfect pick-me-up as the winter nights are drawing in ;-)

    27/10/2008 at 13:35

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