Who wouldn’t fall in love with these super chocolatey Dark Chocolate Melting Fondants? They are really easy and quick to make, look elegant and taste delicious. Ideal for a celebratory meal or dinner party. And sure to melt your Valentine’s heart on 14th February! You say ‘could it be Valentine’s Day everyday?’ We say ‘Yep’ so why keep these a secret? The darker the chocolate chips used, the more intense the flavour of the fondants. For this version, we have used 70% cacao solids Food Thoughts Luxury Dark Chocolate Chips . For a lighter, more milky version, you can use our award winning Food Thoughts Oat Mylk Chocolate Chips (perfect for vegan and not). Try them with dark, milk or even white chocolate chips, for the perfect special or mid-week pudding. These Dark Chocolate Melting Fondants are too good to enjoy only once a year.
You will need
- 125g Food Thoughts Luxury Dark Chocolate Chips plus some extra for filling
- 125g unsalted butter
- 4 large eggs
- 75g golden caster sugar
- 50g self raising flour
- 1 tbsp Organic Cacao Powder, plus extra for lining dishes
- 2 tbsp icing sugar to decorate - optional
- You will need: 6 ramekin dishes
Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4. Grease the insides of heart shaped ramekin dishes thoroughly with butter. To help stop the hearts from sticking, put a dessertspoon of Cacao Powder inside and shake around until fully coated. Tip off excess. Repeat the with the other dishes.
Put the 125g Dark Chocolate Chips into a heatproof bowl with the butter and either melt in the microwave (in 30 second increments) or stand the bowl over a simmering pan of water. When melted, put aside to cool.
Use a mixer to beat the eggs and caster sugar until light and creamy then gradually add the cooled chocolate mixture in stages – lightly folding to retain as much air as possible. Once combined, sieve the flour and cacao powder into this mixture - once again folding very lightly, until all mixed in.
You are now ready to fill the ramekins - aim to fill them about ¾ full to allow for rising. Pour some mixture into the base of each of the ramekins (about half of what you will use for each) and then add a few Dark Chocolate Chips into the middle. This will help it to stay gooey. Pour the remainder of the mixture on top (finishing at approximately ¾ full). Level the tops.
Put the ramekins on a baking tray and bake for approximately 6-8 minutes. They should form a firm crust and be baked on the outside but still gooey in the middle. You could use a cake tester to see that the middle is still gooey. When cooked, loosen the edges by running a knife around the outside, turn them upside down directly on to a plate and gently shake to release them. Serve warm with your choice of fresh berries, chocolate sauce or ice cream.
Sieve some icing sugar or cocoa powder on top. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, fresh strawberries or raspberries (optional).