Warm Vanilla Pudding Cake with bourbon cherry syrup
yield: 6 servings
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 6 minutes
oven temp: 400 degrees
This a great, easy to prepare dessert which is a play on the traditional chocolate ‘molten’ cake. The bourbon cherry syrup is a great accompaniment to the white chocolate.
2 oz. butter, unsalted
4 ½ oz. white chocolate chips
1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds reserved, or 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 ½ oz. sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg yolks
1 ½ oz. flour, all-purpose
4 tablespoons Bourbon cherry syrup (recipe to follow)
Powdered sugar for dusting
1. In a microwave on high and in a large plastic container, melt the butter for 1 minute; do this in 20-second stages, as you want the butter to melt evenly and not to separate.
2. Add the white chocolate chips and microwave for another 40 seconds, remove and stir until chocolate and butter are completely melted (this mixture should be thick, yet smooth in consistency – it may need more or less cooking time depending on your microwave). Let this chocolate and butter mixture rest and set-up for at least 3-4 minutes. If it separates or looks broken, discard and start again.
3. In a stand mixer whip eggs, egg yolks, vanilla seeds and sugar on high speed for 8 minutes. Add the chocolate mixture and add the flour, be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Whip on high until the mixture reaches a thick, mousse-like consistency about 4-6 minutes more – this is now your cake mixture and it can rest like this for up to two days.
4. Butter or grease 12, 4oz. brioche molds (if your not planning to invert the cake you can use 6oz. ramekins or coffee cups if you don’t have molds) pour cake mixture into the brioche molds. Place on a baking tray and bake in a 400 oven for about 7-8 minutes until the cakes are golden and puffy (the cakes will be runny in the center).
5. Remove immediately from the oven, flip over on a plate sauce with bourbon soaked cherries and sprinkle with a little bit of powdered sugar. Serve warm
Bourbon Soaked Cherries
yield: 2 cups
½ pound jar dried cherries
½ cup sugar
½ cup Kentucky bourbon
1. In a large saucepan over moderate heat combine the cherries, sugar and bourbon, reduce this mixture by half or until syrupy and honey-like. Reserve and keep warm.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Michael Paley