Three words: Giant. Chocolate. Raisin.
How about two more? Chocolate. Ganache. (OK, I know I’ve already said ‘chocolate’ but I’m highly excited and prone to repeating things.)
Oh boy, oh boy.
That description – minus the ‘oh boys’ – is how Julie Le Clerc grabbed my attention. Chocolate raisins were one of my favourite sweets when I was a young ‘un and I’m a sucker for a good line of copy. (Julie’s exact words being, ‘Believe it or not, these little cakes actually taste exactly like a giant chocolate raisin!’. Come on – that’s someone throwing down the gauntlet if ever I heard it.)
The result is tooth-achingly sweet, more like a giant squishy brownie or a chocolate fondant that’s been allowed to cool down and slathered with more chocolately wonderful-ness. Stuffed with raisins.
Just don’t do what I did and get so excited by the prospect of all your raisin-chocolate dreams coming true that you forget to line the muffin pan and then find that you can only prise two of the little buggers out in one piece.
How many times have I said ‘chocolate’ and ‘raisin’ in this post? That’ll be all the sugar then…
Little chocolate raisin cakes from Simple Café Food by Julie Le Clerc
For the cakes:
125g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 cup caster sugar
½ cup raisins, chopped
4 large eggs, beaten
1½ tablespoons plain flour
½ cup chocolate raisins (optional but fun)
For the ganache:
½ cup dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup cream
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 6 extra large muffin tins with circles of non-stick baking paper and grease well.
2. In a saucepan, gently melt the butter and chocolate, add the sugar and stir to dissolve, then add the raisins. Take off the heat, allow to cool a little and then carefully add the beaten eggs and finally the flour.
3. Pour into the prepared tins and bake for 20 minutes. The cakes should still be slightly soft in the middle.
4. Cool slightly before carefully removing from the tins. Serve topped with chocolate ganache…
5. Gently melt the chocolate and cream in a double boiler. Stir to form a thick sauce. Allow to cool and thicken then spoon mounds onto each little cake.