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Mix it up with jenny: Chocolate Desserts for Your Valentine

Chocolate. Just the word on a page makes one’s mouth water! One of life’s blissful pleasures is a mouthful of fragrant, dark and rich, creamy smooth chocolate. Whether morsels, chunks or bars, no other flavor comforts, soothes and satisfies quite like chocolate.

It’s the favored flavor for sweethearts, family and friends alike. So come Valentine’s Day, the news that dark chocolate contains naturally occurring antioxidants vindicates all chocolate lovers. Research indicates that dark chocolate may benefit heart health.

Turn your everyday chocolate recipes into over-the-edge indulgent desserts with one of the new European-style, premium baking chocolates. Created specifically for deeply chocolate, decadent desserts, they can be used in any recipe that calls for chocolate.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Makes 6 servings

2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup

(1 1/2 sticks) butter, divided

1 bar (8 ounces) Nestlé Chocolatier

62% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate

Baking Bar, broken into sections

3 large eggs

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 425° F. Generously butter six 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups with 2 tablespoons butter.

STIR 3/4 cup butter and chocolate in medium, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Beat eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until thick and pale yellow, about 8 minutes. Fold 1/3 of chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Fold in remaining chocolate mixture and flour until well blended. Divide batter evenly among prepared ramekins. Place on baking sheet.

BAKE 12 to 13 minutes, or until sides are set and 1-inch centers move slightly when shaken. Remove from oven to

wire rack.

TO SERVE, run thin knife around top edge of cakes to loosen slightly; carefully invert onto serving plates. Lift ramekins off of cakes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information per serving: 550 calories; 400 calories from fat; 45g total fat; 26g saturated fat; 280mg cholesterol; 230mg sodium; 36g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 29g sugars; 8g protein

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