In case of a chocolate emergency…

It’s Thursday evening, we are sitting listening to the steady rain and enjoying the breeze and the windows being open. The wind chimes and an occasional train whistle have made everything magical. There is just one thing missing. Chocolate.

When Jacob and Lucy were young I always had a box of brownie mix stashed away called the emergency mix. Now I have this. I take this recipe very seriously because I have tried dozens like it until I came across the perfect recipe. A magical, gooey, chocolatey, warm treat of goodness that’s easy to make.

Nigella Lawson as reprinted in NYT Cooking

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick unsalted butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or less, or even none if you don’t have them)
butter for ramekins

Step 1
Place a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven.
butter 4 2/3 cup ramekins (or whatever you have that’s oven proof) and set aside.

Step 2
Melt butter and semisweet chocolate together in the microwave, set aside to cool.

Step 3
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and flour. Add cooled chocolate mixture mix well and fold in white chips.

Step 4
Divide mixture evenly among ramekins and place them on a baking sheet. Bake until tops are shiny and the chocolate beneath is hot and gooey about 20 minutes.

Place each ramekin on a small plate with a teaspoon and serve reminding children that the ramekins and chocolate are hot.


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