Monday, July 26, 2010

For the chocoholics

Chocolate Fondant
200 gms dark chocolate
100 gms butter
 3 eggs
2/3 cup (150 gms) castor sugar
1/4 cup (40gms) self raising flour

Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Melt together the chocolate and butter in a bowl over simmering water. Set aside to cool.
  • Butter 6 ramekins very well and sprinkle cocoa powder inside to thoroughly coat. I add a small square of baking paper in the bottom to make turning out less stressfull.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale.
  • Pour warm chocolate mixture over eggs and sugar.
  • Sift the flour into the mix.
  • Fold gently together.
  • Pour into 3/4 cup ramekins.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes. The center should still be a little wobbly to the touch. 
  • Stand for a few minutes, loosen around the edges with a knife and turn onto plates.
I like to serve these with berries and icecream.
There you go, a dessert for a special treat. Enjoy.
Melting the chocolate and butter. I used 70% Lindt chocolate. Don't let the simmering water touch the bowl.
Beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale.
Ramekins buttered and coated with cocoa, I added the square of paper inside on the bottom.
It will probably look something like this when cooked. If you overcook them, you won't have the flowing chocolate center but it'll still be a nice moist dessert. You'll have to judge when they're at this stage by your own oven, it may take more or less time.
You can keep the uncooked mixture in the ramekins for a couple of days or even freeze them. That makes it a great do ahead dessert.
Thanks to everyone who left some tips on how to minimise the damage I was doing to my fingers. I found this at the local pharmacy and sprayed some into a container and dipped my finger in it. I also had some thimble its and cut one in half and now use that with ease. I also like the pad of leather you can buy on my right hand on the finger that pushes on the eye of the needle.
I even managed to get another couple of blocks sewn without saying ouch once. Only a few more to go.
I've been asked what the interfacing was that I used on the pincushion. It was Peltex (Pellon) double sided ultra firm satbiliser and the number on the packaging is 72F.

39 comments:

Darlene said...

Yum and Yum! ;-)

Nedra said...

Double, no TRIPLE yum on the fondant!
I've never heard of Spray plaster. Looks very interesting.

SandyN said...

YUMMY. I HAVE to make some...

LOVE your two squares... great colours.

Sandy N

Julia said...

OMG Janet...this will be death by chocolate for me!..I think I can do this dessert myself!
Love the blocks..

I will look out for that spray stuff...thanks heaps..
Julia ♥

Notjustnat said...

Ums yummy! Thanks for the recipe too. Ok, hope the spray bandage works well for you. Gorgeous last few blocks - Hugs Natima

frayedattheedge said...

I've just had breakfast but I could eat that dessert RIGHT NOW!! Love your blocks and glad you have found a solution to your finger problems.

Frances Leate said...

It is amazing what we go through for the sheer pleasure of stitching. Glad to hear you solved the problem and thanks for the tip of spray plaster. Enjoy your chocolate indulgence!!!

Betweens said...

Gorgeous blocks...really really gorgeous love the fabrics, love the workmanship you are always amazing...as for the chocolate fondue...I will watch but am trying to lay low of those wonderful sweets...

BubzRugz said...

Oh my goodness that looks so good - am off to put dark chocolate on the shopping list! Glad things are working for the fingers! Hugz

Oops-Lah said...

I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it. I love your blocks. This is going to be a stunner of a quilt.

Kathie said...

glad you found something to help your finger!
oh my that would not last long here, love chocolate!
the blocks look great, good for you to continue working on this quilt and not be tempted by the Roseville Album quilt I thought for sure we would see the start of a block soon!
Kathie

Jackie said...

You are definitely trying to fatten us up! And I am having no problem falling into that trap... LOL. This just looks delicious. So glad that you were able to find some things that worked for your finger because we are now able to see the fruits of your labor without any injury. They are just beautiful!! I have to say, you did a wonderful job on the leaves in the first block. The cutting of the fabric was genius!

Janet said...

Janet
Absolutely love the top block. Something about that one that grabs me.
Hope I can find that finger stuff here in the states.
Janet

Stephanie said...

Your post today is not only beautiful but delicious!

Crispy said...

It looks yummy!! Does it come in a box? LOL.

Crispy

Terry said...

Wow! I love the purple buds on that first block! Three cheers for fussy cutting! :0)

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh YUM! Thanks for the recipe. I've never heard of that plaster stuff -- it looks very interesting. You'll have to let us know if you like it.

Lori said...

Fantastic blocks!! I hope your finger gets a bit of a break:)

Sandy said...

Thanks! It is great to have a recipe to do ahead, so that all the cooking does not have to be done at one time .... I'll have this when my children visit! Sandy

Annette said...

Your blocks are so beautiful. I could sit and look at them for a long time! The food looks delicious too.

Kim D. said...

Yum, love chocolate and your blocks are gorgeous as usual.

Barb said...

oooh, that looks good. I am trying to diet this week and of course this now looks 10x more appealing than usual!
the blocks are lovely. I've never heard of this spray plastic - interesting - thanks.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Aye Carumba that looks great.

Janet said...

I'm glad you found something for your poor fingers! I'm going to look for some of that too.
Your blocks are beautiful as ever! Only a few more!! Wow - your "blinders" are working really well! :0)

jean said...

Janet
Your blocks look amazing. Please notice that I am avoiding the chocolate fondant lol

jean said...

Janet
Your blocks look amazing. Please notice that I am avoiding the chocolate fondant lol

Munaiba said...

Your blocks look fabulous and the choco fondant yummy!

imquilternity said...

The fondant looks wonderful...thanks so much for sharing the recipe and your technique.

Again, I just LOVE your blocks and your fabric choices. I'm so in awe!

Sue-Anne said...

Thanks Janet for the fondant recipe. I will have to have a look for that spray adhesive, I think it would be very handy in the first aid cupboard and I haven't seen it before. Hope your fingers are feeling better and your latest blocks are looking fantastic.

Miriam said...

Thank you for the recipe! :)

The spray plaster looks like a great solution.

Love your new blocks.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful blocks Janet! Glad you found a solution for your fingers.
Thanks for the recipe.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh that chocolate looks wonderful! And how clever is that spray plaster!

Vivian said...

Oh my, that looks good--The chocolate and the blocks.

julieQ said...

Hey are you talking about me, LOL???? Rock on, chocoholic!

Martha said...

All of your blocks are so pretty, but I especially love what you did with that top block -- very clever, and so pretty.

Dixie said...

Your blocks are gorgeous, and the dessert is too!

Jeni said...

love the top block...and this week end i will be baking your recipe
thanks for sharing

Chartreuse Moose said...

Thank you for the recipe! Hope you are able to heal your fingers...your applique is so wonderful...would hate to see it slow down.

Dixie said...

Love the quilt you are working on by hand. What pattern is it?
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