Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chocolate and Quilts

A much better combination isn't it?!

Carol and I had a blast while Sam and Elton were gone. Carol brought a bottle of wine. We raided my refrigerator for supper while these delicious cakes were baking.
Unfortunately, the interior wasn't molten. RATS!!
But when I baked the second pair of cakes last night...perfection.
After watching two movies...The Proposal and Murphy's Romance we went to bed.

PS...Just one glass of wine each.

The recipe for the Dark Molten Chocolate Cakes is on the back of a package of Baker's bittersweet baking chocolate squares.

1 package (6 ounces) Baker's Bittersweet Chocolate
10 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease 6 (6 ounce) custard cups - I used ramekins. Place on baking sheet.

Microwave chocolate and butter on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. (I checked after 1 minute then every 20 seconds.) Stir with a whisk until chocolate is melted. Add powdered sugar and flour; mix well. Add whole eggs and egg yolks; beat until well-blended. Divided batter evenly into the custard cups.

Bake 14 to 15 minutes or until cakes are firm around the edges but soft in the centers. If you do this, they will be over cooked. Check after 10 minutes!! My first two baked only 12 minutes and were cooked solid. Let stand 1 minute. Run a thin-blade knife around cakes to loosen. Carefully invert cakes onto dessert dishes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with raspberries, if desired. I didn't have any raspberries, but a drizzle of chocolate syrup didn't hurt a thing! ;o)

Make ahead: Batter can be made the day before; pour into prepared custard cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to serve, uncover and bake as directed.

To continue...Sam and Elton decided to drive up to Springfield Missouri and back. Knowing me as well as they should (see below post about the .357 Smith & Wesson)...there was no sneaking around when they got back about midnight. Parked the pickup with their goodies in the shop. Made plenty of noise when they opened the door. Went to the appropriate bedrooms and fell in to bed with the appropriate wife. ;o)

Carol and I were up fairly early and thought we might get out before they were up. Didn't happen that way. Carol made sure Elton had some coffee. I told the men that the refrigerator held bagels and cream cheese and a little milk. We headed out to the quilt show in Jefferson.

This was our favorite quilt.
The ONLY hand pieced and hand quilted bed-size quilt on the premises! Can you believe it? I have one I intended to enter but never got a hanging sleeve on it. I would've gone home with no less than a 2nd place.

We shopped (looked) a bit. Ate lunch at a really great bistro-type place. Antiqued and junked some. IF I were into collecting old machines AND had a place for them...these two machines were only $75 each!

I also saw a similar treadle machine in a cabinet. I think it was a Minnesota. Never heard of that before.


karenfae said...

I continue to find it amazing how few people are hand piecing and hand quilting anymore - every one has to make a zillion quilts and as fast as they can do them by using machines. When did quilting turn into a contest to see who can make the most!! Too bad you didn't have your quilt ready to enter and get a ribbon.

Shogun said...

I just learned how to english paper piece hexagons recently - very pretty quilt. I just made my DH go get some chocolate at the corner store.....

bingo~bonnie said...

oh those look soooo good! Good thing I'm not on a New Year's diet! I just may try it - but I know I can't right now at the moment, b/c i don't have that much butter in the house. ;)

Thanks for sharing....Mmmmm!
Love from Texas! ~bonnie