Moelleux au chocolat
They are three. Three white hairs. Three white hairs that I see every morning in the bathroom mirror, highlighted by the harsh spotlight that makes them stand out, so white and straight, among the other soft brown curls, that instead are huddled peacefully on my head, as they are supposed to be, as curly hair, in the early hours of the morning.
Until a few months ago, every now and then I spotted one white hair that wanted to stand out from the others and that – poor deluded – was short-lived, because as soon as I noticed its unwelcome presence, it was eliminated with decision. You, the intruder, what do you think to do here?
Then, lightning, a thought: it is generally believed that every white hair is actually a sign that we managed to indulge a whim. So why on earth are we trying to hide this flowing of time marked more by happily satisfied whims than by wrinkles? this is really a pleasant way of looking at the passage of time, a way that celebrates the achievements and victories, the small moments of personal satisfaction, and transforms them into trophies.
The first English afternoon tea at the Four Seasons. A flight to London. A relaxing massage with aromatherapy. A twelve-hour night’s sleep under a duvet soft like a cloud. Horse-riding in the woods looking in the distance at the towers of San Gimignano. A ’50s style garden party with red and white striped straws. A flight to London, again. The second English afternoon tea, this time at the Ritz. A day of idleness while everyone is at work. The red lipstick. The blue nail polish even though I was in the office. My colourful clothes combined with crazy fantasy. The truffle of Alba. A moelleux au chocolat. A flight to London, yes, again … one year of white hair, thank God!
When I made this decadent chocolate pudding with a lavish molten heart I just thought: now I’m going to indulge a whim, let me bake just for myself a sumptuous moelleux au chocolat. I’m not talking about those frozen and surely industrial patty-cakes you can find in almost every restaurant, presented as house specialties, this is a real moelleux au chocolat, made by carefully following the recipe found in Jamie Magazine issue 22, completely dedicated to France. It’s made with mostly organic products and the best chocolate I found, a bag of 70% cocoa dark DeBondt chocolate drops.
This was the first time I baked a real moelleux au chocolat, therefore the thrill of discovering the soft and dense dark chocolate molten heart with a spoon was true and pure. It was undeniable worth the white hair!
Moelleux au chocolat
- 25 g of unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
- 175 g of dark, 70% cocoa chocolate, broken into pieces, or drops
- 75 g of sugar
- 2 free range large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- 25 g of flour
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Butter flour 160 ml ramekins and line the bases with discs of greaseproof or baking paper.
- Melt the chocolate pieces over a bain marie then remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly while you make the rest of the batter.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and slightly fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time then add the vanilla and a pinch of salt. Stir in the flour until just combined, then gently mix in the melted chocolate. The mixture should thicken quite a bit. Divide between the moulds and bake on the preheated baking sheet for 8 minutes. Turn out immediately, dust with unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder and tuck in.
Although you can find here on Juls’ Kitchen many foreign recipes, linked to traditions of other countries, the French recipes are really not well represented, they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Here they are all together, just in case you feel like French style after this decadent chocolate pudding!
- riz rouge de Camargue with fennel confit, a savoury memory of one of the best holidays on the road, Camargue and Provence, during the summer of 2010,
- Vérònique’s crepes with salted butter and raspberries, to transform a so far pretty anonymous dish in a family dish, thanks to the story and words of a French friend,
- cherry clafoutis, a secret whispered on my door,
- omelette with herbs, from an Elizabeth David’s recipe, my absolute favourite food writer.
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Yum! I wish I could eat this now!!! 🙂 I really need chocolate!!!
Oh lord. That molten inside… I’m dying over here! This sounds like a truly indulgent treat. Thank you for sharing!
What is the difference between this and a Chocolate Fondant?
Read this to learn more about the difference
OMG, I am drooling all over my keyboard…..
Oh, this is such a sexy dessert 🙂
white hairs are charming 😉 Besides, we women can always cover it up with hair color 🙂
Nice perception on the white hairs!
The inside of this treat looks so silky and creamy-truly the definition of decadence. Perfect for the chocoholic in all of use!
Oh…. cannot resist this dessert, I love chocolate!
Mmmhhh, a wonderful dessert! I cannot resist such a treat.
oh my! This looks amazing, and somewhat simple to make – that is probably until I try to do it myself. My husband’s favorite dessert in the world is molten cake, and I would love to try this out on him to see if it passes his approval. Thank you so much for sharing!
Wow, this looks amazing and your photos are beautiful! I just want to grab a spoon and dig in!
White hairs are a sign of wisdom. There is genuine wisdom in your recipe. Three white hairs are a poor symbolic comparison. You can cover them up with hair color and it is all gone but your recipe will stay, it willstart a legacy in our family…I’d like this to be a part of our Christmas Day snack treat! Lovely post! Thanks!
This looks so decadent. Exactly what I need right now.
I am chocolate lover. I will definetely try to make it.
I wish I could eat this now 🙂
Don’t worry about the white hairs, I haven’t spotted them 😉
What a lovely post.
Just a little question… are you sure the recipe calls for 25g of butter ??? It doesn’t sound enough for it to come together… thx
Hi Laura, yes, I just double checked the recipe: it’s just 25 g! after all the sugar is in a small amount as well, and all the flavour and texture will be provided by the dark chocolate!
Thank you so much for answering so quickly, I’ll make them tonight !
Oh wow. This looks absolutely divine – I wish I was at home in my kitchen right now so I could bake it right away… Instead I’m stuck sitting in the office, staring at these images and dreaming of chocolate.
(By the way, I came across your blog for the first time today and just wanted to let you know that I love it – your photography is fantastic, and all your recipes sound so good!)
Oh wow does this look heavenly!!!!
Oh wow, what a nice recipe, and photos are truly mouthwatering!!! I would love this any day!!! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful weekend!
That must be the best feeling in the world when you dig into this amazing dessert and all that lovely chocolate flows out so smooth and luxurious!
What a wonderful (and positive) way to look at aging. I think I will print this off and laminate it!
*blink blink blink* KILL ME NOW!!!
You say ‘ Turn out immediately ‘. Do you mean from the ramekins? Can we serve them straight out of the ramekins? Can we refrigerate these if we want to use them later?. Thanks.
Hi Sam, yes, you are supposed to turn them out immediately from the ramekins, but as you can see from my pictures, you can serve them straight out of the ramekins as well!
You can refrigerate the moelleux before baking it, than bake it straight from the freezer, for a little bit longer!
Thanks.Would definitely try this out.
Mia Zia Elsa diceva sempre “ogni ruga e’ un esperienza” Your post reminds me of her saying…although she did dye her hair! As always, a lovely post, Giulia
LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!! HAte measurement conversion. Where can I find a conversion to US cooking equivalents (i.e. cups, teaspoons, etc.) I am an ignorant, but adventuroiu baker! Thanks!
Ciao Chris!” check this out! http://www.botanical.com/botanical/cvcookix.html
haaa, I wish you were my mum.
I really wish!
This looks amazing!