Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherry Compote

This trendy dessert boasts an orange and cherry sauce in addition to the traditional dark chocolate lava.

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
1 hr 20 mins
Chill:
1 hr to 2 hrs
Bake:
15 mins 375°
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Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherry Compote

Ingredients
1 1/3
1
tablespoon butter
1/2
cup whipping cream
4
ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2
cup butter
4
eggs
1/2
cup sugar
1
recipe Cherry Compote
 
Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Generously butter eight 6-ounce ramekins. For filling: In a small saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, the 1 tablespoon butter, and the whipping cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours or until fudgelike in consistency.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small saucepan, combine chopped semisweet chocolate and the 1/2 cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Beat in flour and melted chocolate mixture. Spoon enough of the batter into each ramekin to measure 1 inch in depth.
  4. Divide chilled filling into eight portions. Working quickly, use your hands to roll each portion into a ball. Place a ball of filling on top of the batter in each ramekin; do not allow the filling to touch the ramekins' sides. Divide remaining batter among ramekins.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Using a paring knife, loosen sides; invert onto serving plates. Serve immediately with warm Cherry Compote. If desired, serve with small scoops of vanilla ice cream. Makes 8 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

To Bake Ahead:

Prepare as directed through step 4. Cover and chill for up to 4 hours. Bake and serve as directed in step 5.

Cherry Compote

Ingredients

1
cup orange juice
1/4
cup sugar
1
tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2
cups fresh cherries, pitted and quartered, or frozen sweet cherries, thawed
2
tablespoons brandy (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan bring orange juice just to boiling over medium heat. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir sugar mixture into orange juice mixture. Return to boiling. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in the fresh or thawed frozen sweet cherries and, if desired, brandy. Cool slightly before serving.
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