Saucy Chocolate Cakes

  Saucy Center Chocolate Cakes

1/2 cup butter

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate – cut up

4 eggs

2 tablespoons hazelnut coffee drink syrup

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons Pillsbury All Purpose flour

Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 400ºF. Generously grease and lightly flour six 6-ounce custard cups. In medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Set aside.

In medium bowl, combine eggs and syrup; beat at high speed until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar; continue beating at high speed until light and thickened. Add flour and chocolate mixture; beat at low speed just until blended.

Fill each greased and floured cup about 3/4 full. Place custard cups on cookie sheet.

Bake at 400ºF. for 11 to 15 minutes or until cakes are puffed and crusted, but still soft in center. Cool 5 minutes. Invert cakes onto individual dessert plates. Sift powdered sugar over cakes. Serve warm. 6 servings

Served warm, these rich, souffle-like cakes are meant to have a soft, creamy center that will ooze out when you cut into the center. Kitchen Tip: Oven temperature and baking time are critical in this recipe. Since ovens vary, try a practice run before you make these for company and record the exact baking time. If the center of the dessert is cake-like in texture, bake for several minutes less next time. If the entire cake is saucy, bake it a minute or two longer.

Make-Ahead Tip These cakes can be assembled, covered and refrigerated up to two hours before you bake them. You may need to add a few minutes of baking time.

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