Who doesn’t love to lounge around all day on Sunday and get served a scrumptious dinner including a mouth-watering dessert, all homemade by none other than your wonderful hubby??? I, for one, had the opportunity to enjoy delicious cooking by my wonderful hubby last night. It was nice because for once, I wasn’t the one racking my brain about what to cook for dinner! Besides, he enjoys cooking for us when he has the time too. So for dinner last night, he made mouth-watering chicken fajitas AND Chocolate Lava Muffins with cream cheese frosting!! YUM! It turned out fantastic. The recipe is by Alton Brown, who many of you may know from shows such as Good Eats, Iron Chef America and a few others. I, personally am not a big fan of his shows because I simply find them to be too nerdy! Sure, they are informative but it’s almost like watching a science show! Here is the simple and easy to follow recipe that he used from Food Network. Try it out for yourself!
Chocolate Lava Muffins
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- Butter, to coat muffin tin
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir in vanilla.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Sift these into the chocolate and mix well with electric hand mixer. Add eggs one at time, fully incorporating each egg before adding the next. Beat at high until batter is creamy and lightens in color, approximately 4 minutes. Chill mixture.
Coat the top and each cup of the muffin tin with butter. Dust with the cocoa powder and shake out excess. Spoon mixture into pan using a 4-ounce scoop or ladle. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Outsides should be cake-like and centers should be gooey.
While muffins are in oven, melt the ice cream in a small saucepan. Stir in the espresso powder. Serve over warm muffins.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract