Having some 70% cocoa bars at hand, I thought of making one of my favorite French chocolate desserts, none other than Chocolat Fondant. I had this with a French colleague back in one of top notch French restaurant in Singapore. I have no idea what fondant was all about back then. I did order one out of my friend's recommendation, voila I'm melting under the oozing hot chocolat once I digged in. Oo la la.....
I never did discover that chocolat fondant is quite easy to prepare. Having said that I followed one of Gordon Ramsay recipes and it did turn out quite well.....
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 50g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
- 2 tsp cocoa powder, to dust
- 50g good quality bitter chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), in pieces
- 1 free range egg
- 1 free range egg yolk
- 60g caster sugar ( I reduced this to 40g as I don't want it too sweet)
- 50g plain flour
- Icing sugar to dust (optional)
- Vanilla ice cream to serve
1. Preheat oven to 160˚C.
2. Butter two large ramekins, about 7.5cm in diameter, then dust liberally with cocoa, shaking out any excess.
3. Slowly melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl set over a pan of hot water, then take off the heat and stir until smooth. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
4. Using an electric whisk, whisk the whole egg, egg yolk and sugar together until pale and thick, then incorporate the chocolate mixture. Sift the flour over the mixture and gently fold in, using a large metal spoon. Divide between the ramekins and bake for 12 minutes.
5. Turn the chocolate fondants out on to warmed plates. Serve with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.
Nice desserts but quite heavy :-)