Shhhhh! The surprise inside is caramel! These fudgy baked puddings are decadent to be sure, but it won’t stop you from licking the bowl clean. Go ahead, indulge!
Mmmmmmm! Love is in the air and you know what that means? Chocolate, of course! Some may want fancy dinners, others may want flowers, but you can get me with chocolate every time.
And you know what? This is perfect if you are going it alone this Valentine’s Day and want to treat yourself to a little something decadent too.
Because a little chocolate is good for your soul, no matter what! As a matter a fact a quiet house to myself, wearing something nice and comfy while cozying up to one of these warm and gooey delights sounds like a pretty darn good evening. But, I digress.
I am really not sure why we associate chocolate with love. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some historical significance and if you know it, please share.
What I do know is that I love chocolate. If you show up with something as chocolaty and delicious as one of these baked puddings, you are going to have my heart.
At least for a while. Once the chocolate is gone, I may have to reconsider. I guess I am just fickle like that.
Now let me sell you on the beauty of these little gems. They come together quickly with a few turns of a whisk in a mixing bowl.
Then the slowly come together in a water bath in the oven. As you crack through the thin crust that forms on top your spoon sinks into a sumptuous dark gooey chocolate of the best kind.
Just when you think you have found yourself in a little bit of heaven, you discover that there are bits of caramel scattered here and there to round out the rich flavors and add just a bit of sticky chew. Mysteriously your spoon will keep going back for more until there is nothing left to scrape of the dish.
A think a few pecan pieces scattered on the bottom would be a tasty addition too, if you are in to that sort of thing. My valentine would never go for such a thing though.
Adding a nut to his dessert is a sure way to get him to stop and one bite and ruin his night. Unless they are almonds ground up beyond recognition and rolled into a rum ball, that’s a different story.
But just to be safe, he doesn’t know they’re in there either.
Please don’t tell him. He likes it in his bubble and there is no need to pop it!
So make you and those you love a delicious dinner for Valentine’s Day, but be sure to leave room for a little dessert. Each bite is sure to draw you deeper in love.
More great chocolate ideas for Valentine’s Day
If you are baking for a crowd this Valentine’s Day, you may find that a chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake is the way to go. It comes together easily, is loaded with chocolate goodness and is studded with cherries to really give that Valentine’s look.
Slow cooker chocolate cake is now one of my favorite desserts because it’s so easy to make. It takes about five minutes to get the ingredients into the slow cooker and cooking.
- 8 Tablespoons caramel bits
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- Preheat oven to 325°F and fill a 9×13 pan with about an inch of water for a water bath.
- Grease 4 large ramekins and scatter 2 tablespoons of caramel bits in each.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Stir in sugar, cocoa, flour, melted butter and coffee granules. Mix until well incorporated.
- Spoon into prepared ramekins and gently place the ramekins in the water bath.
- Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. The top should have a nice crust and the inside should be loosely set but still gooey.
- Serve warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 591Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 376mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 1gSugar: 74gProtein: 7g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.