Easy Mini Chocolate Lava Cake in the Pressure Cooker
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Serves: 8
This is a super quick and easy chocolate dessert in the pressure cooker. If
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature * see note at bottom of recipe.
  • 3 egg yolks at room temperature *see note at bottom of recipe
  • ½ t instant coffee granules or espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) flour - white or finely ground whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ¼ t salt
  • whipped cream or ice cream for serving (optional)
  1. Butter or oil 8, 4 ounce ramekins or jars.
  2. Chop up butter and melt with chocolate chips in the microwave. Cook for 30 seconds, stir, add 30 seconds and stir again. Be sure to stir - the chips don't just melt and tell you they are melted. Let this mixture cool a bit to room temperature.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir confectioners sugar into melted chocolate.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and egg yolks together.
  5. Stir eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, instant coffee granules (if using) into the chocolate.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, add flour and salt to the chocolate mixture, stirring until combined.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the ramekins. Don't overfill, because they will puff up a bit during baking.
  8. Put one cup of water and a steamer rack in your pressure cooker. Stack the ramekins in the pressure cooker. Use two layers, if necessary.
  9. Follow your pressure cooker's instructions and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Turn off the keep warm setting. Allow to natural release for 5-10 minutes, depending on how gooey you like the center.
  10. After the natural release period, release remaining pressure using the quick release method and serve warm. These are great with whipped cream or a little ice cream.
  11. If not serving right away, you can set the lid back on the cooker after releasing pressure and they will stay warm for about 30-45 minutes.
  12. Note on eggs - the 2 eggs plus 3 egg yolks makes an excellent cake, but if you don't feel like messing with the extra egg whites, you can make this recipe with four eggs. It will be a little less rich, but great, nonetheless.
Recipe by My Kitchen Clatter at http://mykitchenclatter.com/easy-mini-chocolate-lava-cake-pressure-cooker/