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.
It's fun to try new ideas and it's always fun to freestyle cook. And it's particularly fun to stir every form of chocolate into one bread pudding. I admit sometimes I feel the need to go overboard a little bit and even push some limits, but the kitchen is a really safe place to do that, and a fun place too. Once you know the bread pudding rules, you can break them all day long. Who knows? You might just end up with Five Chocolate Bread Pudding with Chocolate Whipped Cream.