February 11, 2008

Chocolate Lava Muffins

My good friend Danni passed along this recipe to me the other day. If you are looking for a chocolate rush here is the perfect recipe for your taste buds...

Chocolate Lava Muffins
From Dunn Bros Coffee

8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon Dunn Bros Coffee espresso blend beans ground to a powder
Butter to coat muffin tin

Preheat oven to 375degrees F.

Place a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water or use your double boiler. Melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir in vanilla. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, flour and salt. Sift these into the chocolate and mix well with electric hand mixer. Add eggs one at a 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 center should be gooey. While muffins are in oven, melt the ice cream in a small saucepan. Stir in the Dunn Bros Coffee espresso powder. Serve over warm muffins.

If you are preparing these for an event you can complete the last step right before serving.

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