Molten Chocolate Mint Cakes for Two

Molten Chocolate Mint Cakes for Two

Molten Chocolate Mint Cakes for Two

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Molten Chocolate Mint Cakes are sweet seduction and the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.

There is no better food than chocolate to signify love, so I am excited to share this decadent chocolate dessert for two. Trust me, it is the recipe you need to woo your sweetheart.

 

These glorious spongy cakes with molten centres are flavoured with mint and served with mint ice cream. It is a delicious combination, but if you are not a fan of chocolate and mint together (because not everyone is), you can swap out the peppermint extract for espresso powder and serve with mocha ice cream instead. My husband and I are mint chocolate fans, so they are perfect for us. They’re not just for Valentine’s Day either!! A great dessert any time you only need two.

For this recipe it is important to use weight measurements. This ensures more accuracy in the final product when the quantity is so small. Be sure not to over bake the cakes. They are meant to be molten and should still jiggle in the centre when removed from the oven. They are best served within 10 minutes after baking as the centres will firm up as they cool. And yes, they are safe to eat with the seemingly raw centre. Molten and lava cakes have an under baked centre, however, the batter is still heated enough to cook the egg to a safe temperature. So go ahead and dig in!!

Author:  Compelled to Cook

 

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Molten Chocolate Mint Cakes for Two

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 40 grams unsalted butter
  • 30 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 10 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch salt
  • as needed soft butter for ramekins
  • as needed mint chip ice cream for serving

Instructions

  • Weigh and measure all ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Generously butter two 5-ounce ramekins and line the bottoms with parchment rounds.
  • Over low heat melt chocolate and butter until smooth, set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, whole egg and egg yolk until light in colour and slightly thickened, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add flour, peppermint extract and a pinch of salt. Beat until combined.
  • Pour in melted chocolate and beat until incorporated, scraping the sides once.
  • Pour evenly into prepared ramekins and place on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes. Centres will still jiggle a little when touched.
  • Run a knife along the cake's edge to loosen from the ramekin. Invert the warm cake onto a serving plate. Remove parchment paper and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with mint chip ice cream.
  • Can be served straight away or allowed to sit for up to 10 minutes. The centres will firm up as they sit, so be sure to serve when they are warm to ensure a molten centre.

Ginger Pear Sorbet

Ginger Pear Sorbet

Ginger Pear Sorbet is cool, refreshing and the most perfect dessert for those hot summer days. To make it even better, there’s no ice cream maker required and only a few ingredients. 

For those who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Bon Appétit magazine.  Not only for the great recipes, but because it’s a little bit of quiet time that happens when I sit and thumb through a copy.  You might find it odd that I keep every copy when all the recipes can be found on the Epicurious website and/or App. It’s because I definitely prefer to sit quietly with the magazine and a glass of wine.  As a blogger there’s more than enough time already spent on the computer.

The website however, provides reviews on the recipes which I find helpful when making alterations and adaptions.  For this lovely Pear Sorbet many of the reviewers made note that it was on the sweet side and a little flat in flavour even though some found the ginger to be too much.   As luck would have it, I was only able to find pears in light syrup instead of heavy, which in turn helped out with the sweetness problem.  The advice on flavouring was also heeded and I opted for lime juice instead of lemon and added fresh mint.

I definitely found the reviews helpful and rather liked reading the views from people who have actually made the dish. I was very pleased with the results from my modifications and find that it’s quite lovely with the changes. Easy to prepare, which is nice for those hot summer days when nobody wants to be working in a hot kitchen. It’s not too sweet and has a hint of ginger and mint for a refreshing finish to your meal. Enjoy!

Recipe for Ginger Pear Sorbet adapted from: Epicurious Ginger Pear Sorbet

Ginger Pear Sorbet
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20-25 minutes
Passive Time
7+ hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20-25 minutes
Passive Time
7+ hours
Ginger Pear Sorbet
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20-25 minutes
Passive Time
7+ hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20-25 minutes
Passive Time
7+ hours
Instructions
  1. Line a shallow dish or pie plate with plastic wrap. Strain the juice off the pears and to the juice add sugar, ginger, lime zest and lime juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Spread pear pieces in a single layer in pie plate. Pour juice over pears and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  2. Flip over pie plate onto a cutting board to remove pears and remove plastic wrap. Cut into large chunks and place in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Add chopped mint and pulse until combined. Spread pureed pears into a clean container and freeze for at least an hour. Scoop into dishes and garnish with additional mint leaves if desired. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Puree can be made and frozen covered for up to two days in advance.

Grilled Lamb Koftas

Grilled Lamb Koftas

For those who don’t know, another passion of mine is overland travel, camping and the combination of both in our Jeep. My husband and I are self contained and have everything we need in the confines of a Jeep Rubicon with a roof top tent. We have hot water, power, fridge/freezer and the necessities required to live well for days when in the middle of nowhere. It’s quite amazing how much you can pack into a jeep with a little planning and the right gear, not to mention a pretty smart husband. We have the ability to go places that RV’s just can’t, which allows us to head into the hills for solitude and relaxation. It’s a shame our Canadian summers are so very short and there aren’t enough vacation days to do all that we want most years. Most of the time during the summer months it’s weekend getaways to the Rocky Mountain foothills and in the fall a longer trip to Canyonlands Utah. Grilled Lamb Koftas is Compelled To Cook’s first outdoor post and the weekend’s meal on the grill. Showing you that camping, whether it be tenting, or RVing does not mean a sacrifice on great food.

For a weekend getaway Grilled Lamb Koftas are perfect. Easy to mix together and take little time to grill to perfection. No need to worry about making side dishes and salads, just stuff the juicy lamb koftas into a pita and top with your favourite sprouts, lettuce, onions and plenty of Minted Yogurt Sauce. I’ve used a combination of ground beef and ground lamb and added greek yogurt and chickpeas to the meat to add moisture and texture. They’re nicely spiced but not overpowering, making them great for the whole family. Enjoy!

Recipe source for Grilled Lamb Koftas: Compelled to Cook

Grilled Lamb Koftas
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    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 servings 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 servings 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Grilled Lamb Koftas
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      6-8 servings 30 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6-8 servings 30 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Ingredients
      Minted Yogurt Sauce
      Lamb Koftas
      Servings: servings
      Instructions
      Minted Yogurt Sauce
      1. Stir together all ingredients and chill until ready to use.
      Lamb Koftas
      1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and gently mix with your hands until well combined but not overworked. Cover and chill for up to one day in advance. Shape approximately 2 1/2 ounces of meat mixture into a 3" long log, making 13-15 in total. Thread onto skewers and chill until ready to grill.
      2. Preheat heat grill to medium and grill lamb skewers for approximately 12 minutes turning to brown all sides. Meat should no longer be pink and the internal temperature should reach a minimum 160℉. Split pitas and fill with 2 koftas. Top with Minted Yogurt Sauce and desired toppings such as lettuce, sprouts, and onions.
      Recipe Notes

      Recipe makes approximately 35 ounces of mixture and can be made into burger patties as well.   I used metal skewers, however if using wooden skewers be sure to soak in water according to directions prior to use.

      Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita

      Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita

      No meat? No problem, these crispy Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita have plenty of protein and are packed full of flavour. Consider making a meatless meal for one night a week for a healthy choice, and a great way to introduce and explore other foods.

      Eating vegetarian, also known as vegetarianism is one of the oldest known diets, going way waaaay back to the 7th century BCE (Wikipedia). While along the way there’s been many adaptations and rationales, the primary focus has always been the abstinence of meat. A vegetarian diet can be healthy and just as nutritious and delicious as a meat eaters diet.

      Today, vegetarianism is going strong and popular around the world. There are many different variations that may include eating eggs, dairy or fish, making following a vegetarian diet easy and hassle free.  Thanks to the internet, finding great recipes that support a vegetarian diet is easy, leaving you no excuse not to explore the possibilities.

      One of the biggest considerations for a vegetarian is getting enough protein. These Lentil Cakes pack in approximately 15 grams of protein per serving, plus there’re high in fibre, and low in saturated fat. I love this recipe not only because of its nutritional component, but because they’re crispy, crunchy in an oddly good way and the raita is the perfect cool, spicy tang to top it all off. Enjoy!

      Recipe Source: Adapted from Epicurious South Indian Lentil Cakes with Raita

       

       

      Crispy Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita are the perfect mix of crunch, spicy, cool and tangy.
      Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita
      Print Recipe
      Crispy with a slight crunch and packed full of mint and cilantro. The yogurt sauce is the perfect tang and spiciness to top it all off.
        Servings Prep Time
        8 patties 25 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        20 minutes 8 hours
        Servings Prep Time
        8 patties 25 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        20 minutes 8 hours
        Crispy Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita are the perfect mix of crunch, spicy, cool and tangy.
        Lentil Cakes with Cucumber Raita
        Print Recipe
        Crispy with a slight crunch and packed full of mint and cilantro. The yogurt sauce is the perfect tang and spiciness to top it all off.
          Servings Prep Time
          8 patties 25 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          20 minutes 8 hours
          Servings Prep Time
          8 patties 25 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          20 minutes 8 hours
          Ingredients
          Cucumber Raita
          Lentil Cakes
          Servings: patties
          Instructions
          Lentil Cakes
          1. Combine rice and lentils in a medium bowl, rinse and drain. Cover by 2-3 inches of water and allow to soak overnight. Drain well and scoop into food processor. Add garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and puree until a coarse paste. Add peas and pulse 2-3 times to break apart slightly. Scoop mixture into a medium bowl and stir in chopped herbs, scallions and spinach.
          2. Heat a medium non stick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil. Form 1/3 cup of batter into an approximate 3" pattie that is 1/4-1/2" thick. Sauté for 4-5 minutes per side until golden and cooked through. Repeat with remaining oil and batter. Serve immediately with Cucumber Raita.
          Cucumber Raita
          1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.