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Easy Lovin’ Chocolate Lava Cake for Your Valentine

"All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt".  Charles M. Schultz.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt”. Charles M. Schultz.

 

Make these individual chocolate “molten lava” cakes and get laid lots of compliments from your loved one for Valentine’s Day.  Trust me.  Nothing says love like burning the roof of your mouth on the melty chocolate center of these little gems.

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Serves 4   (or maybe only 2 – one for your sweetie, 3 for you)

1/2 cup butter

4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, divided

2 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks

6 Tablespoons cake flour, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Fresh berries for garnish (optional)

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In a medium sized microwave-safe bowl, melt butter (cut into chunks) and chocolate (broken into pieces) for about 1 minute.  Stir.  If butter is not melted, microwave in 15 second increments, stirring after each.

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When butter is completely melted, add 1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar and stir until smooth.

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Add egg and yolks and stir until batter is smooth.  Add vanilla extract and sifted flour.  Stir until smooth.  Do not over-mix.

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Pour batter into 4 ramekins sprayed generously with non-stick baking spray.  Bake cakes for 12 minutes.  The sides will be set but the top will still be soft, but should not be runny.   Let cool 3-5 minutes.  Place inverted serving dish over ramekin, and turn over to release cake onto plate.

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Lightly sift confectioner’s sugar over cake.

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Decorate with berries, if desired.  Serve warm.

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Enjoy…but seriously – don’t burn your mouth on the hot, gooey chocolate center.  It’s very hard to make out with burned lips and tongue.  Or so I’m told.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day all you crazy lovers!

 

Photo credits:  All photos property of k8edid.

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It’s Not the Heat…

It’s the freakin’ hot flashes.  It is kind of like spontaneous human combustion, without the flames.

I know.   I live in a place that is nearly hotter than the surface of the sun (hey, it’s my blog and it’s as hot as I say it is).  This is Florida.  This is my outdoor thermometer…

This was before noon

Okay, so maybe I exaggerate… a little.  I also digress.  I’m having a little difficulty concentrating.

September is National Menopause Month.  Yep, a whole month dedicated to the phenomena that befalls “women of a certain age”.  Instead of stretching out my commentary over the whole month, I have decided to dedicate just one day  to a discussion of menopause.

You’re welcome.

The 7 Dwarfs Of Menopause

Jodi, over at Jodileasplace, lists 17 reasons why her man should live in fear, which looks suspiciously like the signs and symptoms of menopause.

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Disturbed sleep patterns, insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Significant mood changes
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Irritability
  • Vaginal dryness and pain with sexual intercourse
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Diminished interest in sex
  • Frequent urination or leaking of urine
  • Headaches
  • Achy joints
  • Fatigue
  • Early morning awakening

I can clearly identify with 15 of the 17.  I’m not saying which ones, but I am not now, nor have I ever been irritable, damn it.  And nothing leaks out that I don’t want to leak out, got that?

The only thing missing from this list is the ever present chin hairs that seem to have sprouted. When combined with the age related loss of close-up vision, I’m surpised I don’t look something like this.

Denise, over at Just as I am blogged about the joy of chin-hair plucking….

So while I am lying awake most nights, drenched and throwing covers and nightgowns off, irritably pondering my deepening depression and dry skin, I ask myself, is there an upside to menopause?  Surely there must be something good that will come of this “change” that will be beneficial to me and the millions of women suffering experiencing this torture passage?  When I stumbled upon this little tidbit…

Chocolate (in the news a lot lately) can be beneficial for women in menopause.  That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

And this, from Time Magazine.

“…For most women, the “change of life” is not an easy one. The symptoms of menopause–mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats–can be intense, not to mention embarrassing, and in many cases they can interfere with daily life.

But there may be a healthy upside to those hot flashes, according to the latest research. It turns out that women who have these episodes in their 50s or 60s, the typical age range for menopausal symptoms, also have an 11% lower risk of heart disease over the next 10 years, compared with women who don’t suffer the same symptoms. And because heart-disease risk increases in women’s postmenopausal years as levels of the heart-protective hormone estrogen decline, this risk reduction is potentially lifesaving. Researchers don’t know why the symptoms may reduce heart risk, but they theorize that the blood-vessel activity that occurs during flushing primes the heart and vessels to combat plaque buildup and hardening of arteries.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2056704,00.html#ixzz1YEvG8WTM

Why, that’s fabulous news.  It’s almost better than actually exercising!!!

For now my plan of attack includes mass quantities of chocolate, a powerful electric fan in every room, and olive oil (not for my heart, silly, for my skin).

Who knows, maybe someday, menopause will become glamorous.

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