Molten chocolate cakes

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Molten chocolate cakes
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Ingredients

  • 170g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 eggwhites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • sifted icing sugar and ice-cream or thick cream, to serve

Preparation method

1. Preheat oven to 220°C or 200°C fan. Grease 6 x 1/3-cup muffin pans and dust with sugar.

2. Combine chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of gently simmering water, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until thick and glossy.

4. Stir a large spoonful of eggwhite into chocolate mixture, then fold this into remaining eggwhite. Spoon mixture into muffin pans and bake for 7 minutes, until tops are cracked and centres are still soft and gooey. Remove from oven, cool in pan for 1 minute and turn out onto serving plates. Dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of ice-cream or thick cream.

Tip: These can be made ahead, spooned into prepared pans and kept in the refrigerator, loosely covered with foil, for several hours before baking. The chilled batter will need an extra minute to cook.

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