Okay. I really need to share this recipe. If there are any people out there browsing this and wondering what this recipe has to do with the Earth, the environment, or Earth Mother… it’s all about the celebration of life, cherishing life, reverence for… chocolate and other assorted goodies from the Earth. And this chocolate recipe is, bar none, the best chocolate recipe that I’ve ever discovered. So I need to share it… So easy to make too. You will not regret making it. You may regret eating too much of it. This is a warning. ;~)
Lava Brownie Dessert
aka Amazingly Good Orange Choco Lava
aka Death by Orange Chocolate Lava
½ cup pecan pieces (I did not add, not a bit fan of nuts in desserts)
3 ½ ounces good bittersweet chocolate
1 stick butter- unsalted, cubed
1 cup minus 1 tbsp sugar
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp orange extract (what I added to recipe)
½ cup all purpose flour
• Preheat oven to 350º. Put the pecan pieces into a baking dish and lightly toast in the oven for about ten minutes. Let cool.
• Meanwhile break up the chocolate and put in a medium saucepan. Add the butter and melt gently over very, very low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, then gradually stir in the eggs, followed by the vanilla and orange extracts.
• When those ingredients are thoroughly mixed, stir in the flour, then, finally, the nuts. When there are no floury (is that a word?) streaks, scrape down the sides of the pan and transfer the mixture to a greased, 7 x 2 ½ inch round or oval baking dish.
• Bake for about 30 mins, until the mixture is set on top and there is a soft, gooey layer at the bottom (ah… the lava… yum!).
• Serve immediately, alone or with light cream or vanilla ice cream on the side.
Adapted from Heavenly Chocolate Desserts, edited by Celine Hughes. In the Valentine’s weekend edition of the Baltimore Sun, 2/11/09.