It may not turn out as pretty on the plate as the pics in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook, but no matter. It's definitely a chocolate lover's (read: my) Christmas Chocolate Dream come true- SO good!
Soft Center Chocolate Cakes
1.2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, broken up or in melting chips
2 large whole eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 tspn vanilla
1 tbsp cake flour
Optional: Berries and/or whipped cream
Preheat oven to 450. Butter four 6 oz ramekins and dust with sugar(I recommend caster/super-fine sugar).
Melt stick of butter and chocolate over double boiler until smooth.
Meanwhile, whip whole eggs, yolks, sugar and vanilla w/an electric mixer for approx. 10 minutes (it will thicken). Fold in melted chocolate, then flour until just combined. Spoon mixture into prepared ramekins.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, until the top and sides are set. The center will be quite soft. Removed from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes, then unmold each ramekin onto a dessert plate. Top w/berries and/or whipped cream if desired.
*B Tip - you can freeze these easily (take out of ramekin) and reheat them for 10-15 seconds in the microwave directly from the freezer. Like fresh out of the oven!