This is a perfect Valentine’s dessert for lovers and other strangers. This is a dessert that screams to be shared and really, what is Valentine’s Day for if not for sharing decadence and love. Sometimes they’re the same thing, aren’t they? This is similar to the ever-popular lava cake. I baked this one long enough so the lava is more gooey than runny. Bake it for less time if you prefer a more runny center. It is an easy dessert and the recipe makes enough for 4 or 5 individual containers. The Latin Lover is most fond of this dessert; he’s a chocolate lover, among other things. We usually share one and since they can be frozen, you can make bake one and serve it whenever the mood hits you. It’s a perfect dessert-in-bed dessert…enough said!
Boozy, Brownie Bowl for 2
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed or 1/2 cup maple sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup bourbon, brandy, rum or coffee
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons quick (not instant) oatmeal
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped, toasted pecans
- 8 pitted dates, finely diced or 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
- Maldon salt for garnish, if desired
- 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter (or spray with cooking spray) 4 8-ounce oven-proof ramekins; set aside.
Melt the butter in an 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup, on 50% power, in the microwave. It’s a good idea to lay a piece of paper towelling on top in case of splatters. Cool the mixture slightly, about 15 minutes. Add the sugars, bourbon, eggs and vanilla. Whisk everything together until well combined.
In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well with wire whisk. Add the flour mixture, chocolate chips, pecans and dates, if using. I use a spatula to mix this all together, but do not over-mix.
Divide the mixture evenly between the ramekins. I wrap 2 in plastic, then foil and freeze them for later. Place the remaining 2 ramekins in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, but check after 25 minutes. The top should look “dry” but it will still be very moist in the center (you’re really just slightly undercooking the mixture). Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm, with ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce or a dollop of hot fudge or Nutella and 2 forks (I prefer spoons!). This is the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day (and every day) lovers!
NOTE: This is excellent with a good sprinkling of Maldon sea salt for that wonderful salty-sweet flavor. If you wish, leave out the booze and use the coffee, but bourbon/brandy goes incredibly well with this flavor combo. To prepare the frozen desserts: Remove the foil and plastic wrap. Place the unthawed dessert dishes in the oven. Turn on the oven and heat to 350°F. Bake for 20-25 minutes and serve as above. You may reheat in the microwave for 1 minute or until the ramekin feels warm.
Boozy, Brownie Bowl for 2 Recipe©Marcia Lahens 2015. All rights reserved.
This recipe is for 4 8-ounce ramekins, but I have gotten 5 out of this amount. Just bake them a couple of minutes less. I do like this with the dried cherry option. I soak the dried cherries in either bourbon or brandy (for about 15-20 minutes)…very elegant and tasty.
As I said, spoons, rather than forks, are the way to go here. You just can’t get into the corners with a fork the way you can with a spoon. This is a simple dessert to prepare, it can be made ahead and later I will post a loosely translated version of this that will feed a crowd.
These are rich and lovely to share with the one you love, or at least, the one you like a heap! We have a friend who, when served something this decadent, will say, “After that, I need a cigarette!” Get out your lighter and enjoy this with the one you love!