Baked Chocolate Creams with Grand Marnier Ganache

August 9, 2010

Baked Chocolate Cream

I’ve always considered myself tough, headstrong and I’m usually the one wearing the pants in the relationship. But now my steely reputation is in tatters because I have been smacked down and left crying and sobbing. Hi, my name is Karen and I’m a wuss. Baked chocolate cream.

Weather-hardened chocoholics! Test your mettle now with these Baked Chocolate Creams. I promise you that you will have your chocolate needs/cravings/fetishes fulfilled to the point of intense climactic explosion. And who knows, if you are also defeated, I have some nice cosy seats next to me in the sissy corner. Cups of soul-soothing tea, water and teaspoons of salt will be provided. *sad face*

Baked Chocolate Cream

They just looked so innocent on Gourmet Traveller and I was lured in by its dead-easy recipe. If you can handle it and still beg for more, I will get down on my knees and worship you. Because I, an ardent chocoholic, was utterly defeated.

Don’t get me wrong, the taste is divine (as divine as the chocolate you choose, naturally) but the richness level has been churned up to lethal proportions. It will not only make your skirt fly up, it’s gonna blow it off. And because this is how I usually like to roll, I thought it was a good idea at the time to serve it with a little Grand Marnier and Orange ganache. Surprisingly though, the citrus zing of the ganache helped temper the intensity and it paired beautifully with the pieces of crystallised ginger that were scattered throughout. Personally, I would halve this recipe and serve in much much smaller portions with a big ol’ bowl of cold cream for relief. This is one dessert that simply should be appreciated in modest amounts.

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Death by chocolate served with an extra side of death


So my fellow chocoholics, do you dare take up the challenge? And if you do, please tell me that you were tamed by it too. Then I won’t feel so pitiful.

And a final note on pants and relationships… The Captain absolutely insisted that I inform you that I *quote* only wear the pants in our relationship because he knows that I want to. And he allows me to because he loves me. *End quote*

Baked Chocolate Cream
Miss Candy has finally been beaten…

Baked Chocolate Creams
Serves 4
A sinfully, rich and decadent baked chocolate pudding.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. 120g unsalted butter
  2. 230g dark chocolate (I used 70%)
  3. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  4. 80ml (1/3 cup) thickened cream (i.e. heavy whipping cream)
  5. 20g caster sugar
  6. 15g (2 Tbl) of chopped crystallised ginger (optional)
Grand Marnier Ganache
  1. 60ml pouring cream (35% fat content)
  2. 40g dark chocolate
  3. 1 tsp (15ml) Grand Marnier
  4. 1/2 tsp of orange zest (feel free to add more)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a heavy-based saucepan over the lowest heat, melt butter and chocolate together and mix to combine. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. To the lightly beaten eggs, add cream and sugar and whisk to combine. Add chocolate and ginger and mix. Pour into four flat 150ml capacity dishes (I recommend 8 x 75ml for smaller servings) and bake for 12 minutes, until the sides are firm and the middle is still jiggly.
  3. Let cool to room temperature (it will firm up) and serve.
Grand Marnier Ganache
  1. In a heavy-based saucepan, add all the ingredients and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally until melted and combined. Leave to cool and then serve.
Adapted from Gourmet Traveller
Adapted from Gourmet Traveller
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
 

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Spencer December 17, 2010 at 03:55

Sounds and looks absolute divine. I love anything chocolate so this should be right up my street!

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Forager August 18, 2010 at 05:18

Now this looks like a dessert the Co-pilot would approve of! Especially if I'm heavy handed with the booze!

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amy August 16, 2010 at 15:55

i am going take up the challenge as soon as i conquer my mountain of readings:)

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Robie in Austin, TX August 16, 2010 at 04:27

This reminds me of chocolate pots de creme, which are delicious but similarly must be served in small portions. I make mine in tiny demitasse cups, perhaps an ounce or so apiece.

Mmm, diet, what diet…?

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Jessica August 12, 2010 at 02:40

Delicious! Hey, if you've got to be defeated, what better method, right?

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simon@theheartoffood August 11, 2010 at 10:04

No, say it ain't so…

I want to try this out just for the challenge to see if I'd be defeated as well :)

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kim - Liv Life August 11, 2010 at 03:46

Oh my goodness! Just the words chocolate and grand marnier did it for me! This looks divine!

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Kenna August 10, 2010 at 17:25

Wow, by the looks of it, you're on a chocolate roll! Love it! YUM!

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pierre August 10, 2010 at 15:00

the combo chocolate and grand marnier must be a riot !!
pierre

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angie August 10, 2010 at 11:29

Ohh when you tweeted that you were 'defeated' I thought you meant you had a kitchen disaster. Ohhh yes, that definately sounds and looks evil.

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joudie's mood food August 10, 2010 at 11:08

Wow you werent kidding when you mentioned only for serious chocoholics!!!! Looks sensational. i am soooo jealous! i could do with one right now!

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FFichiban August 10, 2010 at 06:54

sounds like a challenge to me hee hee shall have to give this a go

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Betty@TheHungryGirl August 10, 2010 at 06:35

Hahaha I like the captain's quote! This looks insanely delicious. I think I could do it…. maybe… ok, maybe not. But it looks so good…

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a sweet pea chef August 10, 2010 at 05:09

Wow, that looks absolutely dreamy. Love your writing style and pics! Thanks for this recipe :)

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penny aka jeroxie August 10, 2010 at 03:26

That looks seriously rich. I think I can only have biteful at a time.

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Sarah - For the Love of Food August 10, 2010 at 01:20

Love the intensity of this – but I was also beaten by a chocolate dessert recently. It was Donna Hay's chocolate fondant puddings that have a 100g block of Lindt per serve! I can see that the ganache would have completely finished me off :) When I served it the cream did 'cut through' the chocolate intensity which I thought was hilarious – using cream as a foil to richness :)

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linda August 9, 2010 at 23:27

yup- hands down! you're the queen of chocolate. This recipe looks so easy to make, I think even Howard can be trusted =D haha how sweet of the Captain to "let" you wear the pants in the relationship.

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Trisha August 9, 2010 at 10:00

All these chocolate recipes are making me drool! I'm actually having a "When Harry Met Sally" moment here!!

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citrusandcandy August 9, 2010 at 07:49

Hehe cool, let me know if this was the biggest chocolate explosion you ever had :D

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef August 9, 2010 at 06:23

Whoa, it's way too cold to invite my skirt to get blown off. I think I'll give this a miss, though damn it looks good. I could happily drink a bucket of the Grand Marnier ganache though, it you promise it won't make my clothes disappear!

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chocolatesuze August 9, 2010 at 01:36

i like a challenge :D

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john@heneedsfood August 9, 2010 at 00:17

So beautiful and so delicious! Would love some with my mid-morning coffee now!

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Phuoc'n Delicious August 9, 2010 at 00:07

WOW! If Miss Candy was defeated, what hope is there for us mere mortals? How much did this make so I know how much to portion it..

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starloz August 9, 2010 at 00:05

Oh boy, it looks so dreadfully rich. i doubt I'd make it more then a mouthful

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Matthew Masterchef August 8, 2010 at 23:30

Holy smokes. The stuff that dreams are made of! I'm taking this recipe for myself :)

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citrusandcandy August 8, 2010 at 23:24

LOL oops didn't realise you made these recently! Such chocolatey goodness but a big bowl of it was too much for me… ugh, sugar overload :(

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OohLookBel August 8, 2010 at 23:13

Hey, I just made the same dessert and yes, they are soooo rich. Worth it, but one spoonful is equivalent to 1 hour at the gym.

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taz August 8, 2010 at 22:32

this looks amazing, but it will probably defeat me. It looks so good I think I'll have to try it, I might skip the ganache, though.

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Steph August 8, 2010 at 22:05

If you were defeated by this chocolate dessert then I have no hope! It looks amazing, I can imagine it being so good with some cream!

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Jessica August 8, 2010 at 21:19

This… looks…. AMAZING! Seriously, I must make this as soon as possible.

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