Friday, December 17, 2010

Baked Chocolate Cups

Hmmm. Do you think I have too may recipes with chocolate? Yeah, me neither.

What am I reading now? Entice (Carrie Jones)
Annnd . . . what do I think so far? I liked "Need", first in this series. Enjoyed "Captivate" more than the first. Really couldn't say I was sorry to see Nick leave the story. Enter Astley. Mmm and dangerous. Just starting this book--with high hopes.

Baked Chocolate Cups
20 ounces good chocolate (melt in microwave 30 sec., stir, 20 sec., stir, 10 sec., stir)
1/4 c. sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 c. softened butter
4 eggs (separate yolks and whites)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla Cream Sauce (recipe below)

Stir together sugar, flour and butter. Combine with chocolate, yolks and vanilla. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into chocolate mixture.

Butter 1-cup baking dishes and dust with cocoa powder. Pour in chocolate mixture and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Allow to cool a few minutes and invert on dessert plates. Surround with Vanilla Cream Sauce and sprinkle with raspberries.

Serving Suggestion:
Invite a few friends over. Turn on a little background music of your favorite Christmas songs. Relax and enjoy each other's company while nibbling on this smooth chocolate treat.

Vanilla Cream Sauce
1/2 c. sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 c. water
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
Mix together and boil over medium heat for f5 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla and dash of salt. Cool completely. Fold in whipped cream and serve.

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