Genuflecting to Chocolate

by Michelle on May 7, 2008

I’d been dying for something creamy and very chocolate and decided to try Cat Cora’s Chocolate Budino. There really are no words to describe this incredible chocolate dessert pudding, even fabulous and wonderful don’t do justice to Cat’s Chocolate Budino.

I now know why Cat Cora is an Iron Chef!!

Chocolate Budino (Italian Pudding Cake)
Recipe adapted from Cat Cora

1 pound fine-quality chocolate, such as Valrhona
½ cup sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 egg yolks
3 whole eggs
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened *See Note

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Using a box grater or a sharp knife, chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place the chopped chocolate in a double boiler, or in a bowl, placed over barely simmering water. Melt the chocolate slowly until smooth, stirring occasionally.

In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, flour, egg yolks and eggs. Whisk to combine completely.

When the chocolate is completely melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the softened butter. Combine the chocolate-butter mixture with the egg mixture, stirring to incorporate.

Spray a standard-size muffin tin or a 9-inch cake pan with a light coating of nonstick spray.

If making individual cakes, use a small ladle to fill each muffin cup 3/4 full (the cake will puff up). Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges of the cakes pull away from the pan.

If making a 9-inch cake, scrape all the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until the sides of the cake pull away from the pan.

The top of the cake should be dry when done, but if you serve it warm, the center will still be moist with molten chocolate. Budino may be rewarmed briefly in oven before serving.

May be served with vanilla-bean ice cream or with gelato of choice. For a more elegant presentation, pair budino with fresh cream and raspberries (or strawberries) or with thin, bias-cut slices of caramelized banana. Makes 12 small cakes or one 9-inch round cake.

*NOTE: I only used 2 sticks (1 c.) butter and the recipe was delicious.

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Comments

  • OhioMom May 8, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Oh yeah, chocolate … looks yummy!

  • Lucy..♥ May 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Just right for those chocolate attacks one has now & then…. thinking I’m haveing one just about NOW!! Yummo!!

  • giz May 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I’m putting on the garlic ring and getting the cross out – if I take one bite of this I just know the whole thing will be gone in very short order.

  • PheMom May 9, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Ooohh – I think I saw her make this and wondered about it. It looks awesome!I just wanted to say congrats on winning the latest round of Art You Eat!

  • Joelle May 9, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Right up my alley! MMMmmmmmmm!

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