taste of warmth
I’m addicted to chocolate and always look for a way to work it into a treat, especially with coffee. Together they make mocha. This coffee flavoured chocolate cake batter baked in coffee cups looks like a cup of coffee - until you cut into it!
Yield: Makes four mugs
4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 stick (4 ounces) Butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 spoonful vanilla
1/2 cup strong coffee, room temperature
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Toss the chocolate and butter into a small bowl and set over a small pot of simmering water to begin melting it. This will insulate the delicate chocolate from direct heat and keep it from scorching. As they begin to melt stir until smooth then remove them from the heat.
Whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla and coffee together. Add the chocolate mixture, whisk until smooth then divide evenly between four coffee mugs.
Place the mugs in a small high-sided pot. Add enough hot water around the cups to equal the level of the batter within the cups. Bake until the custards are set, about 45 minutes. Check their doneness by jiggling them slightly. They should appear to be set but still have a bit of a quiver in the center. You may also insert a toothpick to judge doneness. They may take as long as 60 minutes but no longer.
Cocoa powder gives chocolate its rich flavour and makes this steaming mug of hot cocoa my favourite winter treat. A touch of cayenne pepper balances the temperature heat of the brew but doesn’t make it too spicy. It’s a surprising twist that adds just the right exotic edge.
Commercial chocolate sauces are a pale imitation of the real thing and usually don’t include any real chocolate. An old-school batch of real chocolate sauce is easy to make, easy to use and an easy way to saturate any treat with lots of rich, true, chocolate flavour. Try not to eat too much of this sauce straight out of the jar!