When I first started my catering business I wrote all of my favorite recipes in a little blue journal book so I'd have them with me all of the time. Over the years I've shared a couple of recipes from this little journal, but not all. Truthfully, when I started this blog (forever ago...?) I was a burnt out on all of those recipes I'd made hundreds of times.
Now, after a four year break from the catering business, I am ready to dive back in to some of those old favorites, because after all, they were really great recipes for entertaining. This Chocolate Molten Cake recipe was one of my first and best go-to's as a caterer. I always served it at dinner parties - with great success. The ingredients and supplies are humble - chocolate chips and a cupcake pan! They work great for parties because the batter is made in advance, then baked right before dessert and served warm.
I made these last year for a friends dinner. While the recipe makes 6-12, they work great in the freezer. Just bake all of them together, then freeze the leftovers. You can reheat in the microwave for just 30-60 seconds.
Now, onto the recipe, perfect for any celebration....
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2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of cocoa
3/4 cup of butter
12 ounce of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup of flour
Prepare cupcake pans by coating the inside of each with melted butter by swirling it around. Then sprinkle the insides with cocoa, coating completely.
To make the batter, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then top it with butter and cream. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth. When chocolate has cooled slightly, stir in eggs, sugar and flour. Pour into prepared cupcake pans. Refrigerate for 1 hour (at least) and up to a couple of days.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes for regular 12/pan size and 15-18 for jumbo 6/pan size, just until the outsides and most of the top have set, and the centers are still slightly runny. You can insert the tip of a knife to test. You just want a bit of the very center to be a thick pudding like texture. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place a sheet pan on top of the muffin pan and invert them.
Serve with whipped cream, ice cream and dusted with chocolate or cinnamon.
Melting chocolate with the butter and cream this way is so easy - microwave!
The pans buttered and cocoa-ed while the chocolate is in the microwave.
You can fill them almost all the way to the top - they don't puff too much.
Cooling for 5 minutes to help them continue to set.
Top with a sheet pan...
Ready for the flip...
So, so good. You really must try them.
10 seconds later...
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Welcome to The Holiday Collection
When I look back to my favorite classic images of Christmas homes, tables and trees, I always find myself gravitating toward those that feel timeless, with warm colors and lovely natural elements as the centerpiece. My perfect Holiday Home is filled with big, over abundant fresh greenery, warm gold tones, rich velvet and satin ribbons, natural elements of acorns, fruit and pinecones, tall glowing taper candles and kraft paper packages, all settled into worn wood antiques, neutral upholstery and accents. I've tried to translate that feel into this Holiday Collection, which includes simple ways to incorporate all of those feel good images for your Holiday, and little treasures and ideas for stocking stuffers and creative hostess gifts.
Above : The Rustic Bells, Set of 3, sold out quickly this morning, but have now been restocked.
This view probably feels familiar by now. I love to show you how just adding a couple of elements each season, your home can gracefully evolve with each season. The essential elements are the same (Wood Block Print Cushion Covers, The Softest Throws, Gold Frames), but the accents bring the sense of season.
It is a bit too early for us to have an actual Christmas Tree, but this Antique Fir Tree Print brings a bit of classic christmas cheer to this corner. The prints are so inexpensive ($4-6) that it is easy to switch them out every season.
I have been so excited to get these candles in stock. I carry them every year and give them to my friends and family as gifts at Thanksgiving. Only available during the holiday season (the candle company only makes one batch!) they are my favorite hostess gift to give during the holidays.
The natural scent that these candles have from the Bayberry is warm, earthy and just a bit spicy. If you've ever visited Nantucket, the scent of the Bayberry shrubs greet you as you get off of the fairy - completely nostalgic and comforting. The candles were among the most prized candles in colonial America because of their clear, consistent light and warm scent.
The card that is enclosed with the candles tells the history of using Bayberry Candles at Christmastime :
"These tapers are handcrafted using the purest bayberry wax. Bayberry wax is the rarest and most prized of all candle waxes, and has a warm, earthy, spicy aroma. According to tradition, to bring good luck, you must burn a Bayberry Candle on Christmas Day. If the flame burns bright and the light shines clear, then heaven will bless you throughout the year."
Sledding Lumbar Hooked Pillow, $45
Holiday Gift Wrap & Tags
Holiday Entertaining Collection
Bits of fresh fruit for color.
Mix and Match, Old + New Silver, always my favorite.
We always make an effort to incorporate the Christmas Story into as many of our Holiday activities as we can. Sometimes with all of the visits to Santa, decorating the tree, and parties, the true meaning of Christmas can easily get lost in the bustle, especially for children. When I saw this very special collection of Copper Cutters in the form of a Nativity scene, I knew that this would be a great "Nativity" set for my kitchen window sill.
I'll look forward to spending some time with Emma as we make and decorate these - it might be a fleeting moment of a brief story, but incorporating it into our Holiday tradition, then passing these cutters down to her, will help her continue the tradition.
All sizes of the Baking Baskets are back in stock. I have some great ideas for these that include wrapping them in parchment, then in a tea towel and ribbon that I think will be my favorite Hostess Gift for the season. Stay tuned... speaking of gifts...
This is another departure from my typical product selection (as were the wraps last season), but more and more I realize that this store is really just a collection of my very favorite things.
My friend introduced me to these earrings in college and they've been a staple in my wardrobe since. I get endless compliments on them - most people think they are real ; ) They are perfectly understated, with just the right amount of sparkle.
This is the style that I've been wearing on a daily basis lately. I wear them everyday and they look perfectly delicate and special with anything and everything. They wrap all the way around the earlobe, making them so sensible and comfy for everyday, too.
Gold or Silver available in most styles.
Each pair comes packaged in a muslin sachet, tucked in a slate grey jewelry box, and tied with a Small Velvet Ribbon... perfect on size fits all stocking stuffers for the girls in your life. They are affordable enough to be a great Hostess Gift for a special dinner and are always the best birthday present for a girlfriend.
As I've mentioned before, I have a very simple closet with mostly basics. I rely on classic accessories like wraps and jewelry to take me from dressing up to down, and season to season. These Crystal huggie style earrings are my dress-up earrings that can make a white oxford shirt with flats look dressy enough for a festive party. They are also my to-go for formal events, and they look completely classic with satin or silk.
Of course, when placed in this lovely Oval Trinket Box ($40) it turns the earrings into more than just a stocking stuffer.
These are so luxurious. Truly. Heirloom quality, classic hues. Put this on your Christmas list - only for the very nice.