Chocolate Fondant

Chocolate must be melted gently because it may scorch. An alternative method is to microwave it, stopping frequently to check progress.

Serves 4
Easy
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 12 min
Total time: 22 min

Ingredients

125g (4½ oz) unsalted butter, diced, plus extra for greasing
150g (5½ oz) caster sugar, plus 4 tsp for coating the ramekins
125g (4½ oz) dark chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
35g (1¼ oz) plain flour icing sugar, for dusting 10 mins 12 mins preparation

Essential kit

You will need four 100ml (31∕2 fl oz) ramekins, or other individual baking dishes no bigger than 150ml (5fl oz) each.

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Lightly butter four 100ml (31∕2 fl oz) ramekins, or other individual baking dishes no bigger than 150ml (5fl oz) each. Put 1 tsp caster sugar into each ramekin, and tilt and rotate to coat the bottom and sides evenly.

2. Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water to melt as shown below. Set aside.

3. Beat the remaining sugar with the eggs, then mix in the flour. Fold the melted chocolate into the egg mixture. Spoon into the ramekins. Bake for 10–12 minutes or until risen. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

Melting chocolate

Put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of steaming hot water; the base of the bowl must not touch the water. Allow the chocolate to soften and remove the bowl from the pan of water. Stir the chocolate with a wooden spoon until smooth.

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