Monday, February 28, 2011

Molten Chocolate Cake or Coulant au Chocolat



Mmm Chocolate "Coulant", this nice little cake with a smooth and runny center... 
So if you love chocolate, especially, the ooey-gooey style, so this is for you! 

This dessert has become so popular that one might think it has always existed, when in fact it was created in 1981 by Michel Bras, France’s most venerated chef, in his restaurant of Laguiole. 

The original recipe uses a frozen ganache filling surrounded by a cookie dough. Since 1981, the recipe has been simplified and the principle of 2 textures, 2 different temperatures is now often neglected.  Many food writers have rhapsodized that this coulant has been copied often but never equaled. 

Although simplified, this coulant au chocolat is just as appetizing as the original one. Fortunately, there’s a classic version of this amazing chocolate cake that’s easier to accomplish. Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to taste the Michel Bras version. Hopefully soon!!

Ingredients:
100g (3.5 oz) of dark chocolate (over 70%)
100g (7 tbsp) of butter
100g (1/2 cup) superfine sugar
50g (1/3 cup) of flour
3 eggs
An untreated orange

Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200°C).

Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Remove from heat, add sugar and stir with a wooden spoon or with a normal one, but not with a whisk, you do not want to incorporate air. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Add flour, stir and add the eggs 1 by 1 stirring after each addition.

Grate an orange into the chocolate mixture.

Place in moulds or ramekins. Bake in the oven 10 to 12 minutes.



Moelleux au chocolat
Ingrédients:
100g de chocolat (70%)
100g de beurre
100g de sucre
50g de farine
3 œufs
Le zeste d'une orange

Préchauffez le four à 200°C.

Au bain marie, faites fondre le chocolat et le beurre coupés en morceaux.

Hors feu, incorporez le sucre et mélangez à l'aide d'une cuillère en bois.

Ajoutez la farine, mélangez puis ajoutez les œufs, un par un, en mélangeant après chaque ajout.

Ajoutez le zeste d'orange. Versez dans des moules ou des ramequins et enfournez 10 à 12 mn.

44 comments:

  1. Yes, please! especially with that dark chocolate!

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  2. I like that soft and creamy chocolate mixture inside :)

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  3. Terrific! That coulant looks just devilishly good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Totally irrestible! I can imagine the spoon going through the crust and meeting the melted chocolate... à tomber!

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  5. I love the ooey gooey centre! What an amazing recipe by an amazing chef. See - French treats ARE the best!

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  6. Irresistable I love choco lava cakes.Superb Click!
    cheers
    Nimi

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  7. Brilliant Cherine! It's always nice to get a simplified version of a rather time-consuming recipe. This looks so wonderful with the warm oozing center!

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  8. So decadent I love the gooey delicious chocolaty center!

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  9. It's one of my fave desserts and when the chooolate oozes out, I get a big smile!

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  10. Wonderful and I am so relieved your recipe does not contain oodles of butter or egg yolks!

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  11. j'en veux, j'en veux! tout ce chocolat hummmmm

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  12. Omg , this is soooo good!
    Gooey and delightful!

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  13. Beautiful, and sinfully delicious! Picture perfect and I am speechless :)

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  14. Oooooo, my! Swoon! I need this in my belly, fast! Gorgeous pictures!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  15. It looks so yummy!

    Have a great week :)

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  16. I can't think of anything that looks or sounds tastier!!!!

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  17. Beautiful coulant, my family is in love and wants me to make it asap

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  18. OMG that looks so good! Your blog is so deliciuos :)

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  19. Oooooo, This is just beyond beautiful, Chicho! I'm Absolutely speechless :)

    Cheers,

    Aldy.

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  20. That gooey chocolate center looks so tempting. I've never tried making these cakes, but I need to!

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  21. Mmmmm chocolate.... and love the addition of orange. Perfect! Have long wanted to make these decadent treats but haven't yet. Now you have me convinced that I need to make them now!

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  22. On ne pourra jamais résister :-)

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  23. So rich and chocolatey! Great pictures as always.

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  24. That looks so decadent; gorgeous picture.

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  25. Cherine, this molten chocolate cake looks fabulous, love the orange zest in it...fabulous!

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  26. Oh yes, ooey gooey is right up my alley. What a gorgeous dessert.

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  27. Oh là là! Done to perfection !!!

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  28. un dessert qui me fait craquer !

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  29. LOVE fondant and look at that gooey goodnesss yum yum :D

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  30. La photo est superbe et la recette très appétissante: une valeur sûre!
    iza:)

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    Bain Maries

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  32. Can this be made and baked in short squaty canning jars?

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  33. @anonymous: i've never tried it this way but it can be baked in short jars!

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  34. How much of the orange do you use?

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  35. This looks amazing! How many does this serve?

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  36. love this! i want to try it, but i'm confused as to what a "grated orange" means! does it mean to grate the entire thing? or just the center? or zested? help!

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  37. Thank you for sharing this lovely
    recipe.. I will make it this week
    cause I so love Chocolate!!
    Sandy

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