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This post is not about pies. It is not even about green tomatoes. It is not even about a recipe for Green Tomato Pie. It is about finding simple and creative solutions to a situation at hand. It is about being in the moment and going with the flow. This creative process of preparing food without a recipe or the dogma for perfection is what sustains me daily.
In my part of the world, the autumnal hues are quickly replacing the summer shades and my tomato plants are somewhat caught in the middle, a little bit perplexed. They have an abundance of green fruits but no time to ripen.
What do I do with this abundance? I can’t give them away as I sometimes do, surely the recipient will politely smile and put it away, meaning to do something with it, only it will end up in trash after a long respite in the fridge.
I could put them in Dals. Check. I could pickle them. Been there done that, in fact two kinds of pickles.
Well the planets were aligned. I pulled out left over frozen pizza dough and the lonely red pepper rolling all by its sorry self in the vegetable drawer. While the dough was thawing I roasted the red pepper and pureed it with some herbs and spices. Cut up the green gems into halves. And they all came together in the form of these mini pies. Mamma was happy, so was her brood.
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As I promised in my last post, here is the recipe for the wonderful Salted Caramel Lava Cake I made on the evening of my book club get together. Couple of months ago for my birthday, my children made me a wonderful lunch of Stuffed Gnocchi and Salted Caramel Lava Cake. I’d seen many molten lava cake blog posts, sighed at the beautiful pictures knowing that it was not in my destiny to make these exotic gooey cakes. Firstly, I am not into baking, secondly I avoid recipes with eggs. However I was so inspired by the kiddies effort and their creativity in making a salted caramel version [because I love salted caramel much, much more than chocolate] that I decided to give it a try. But they hadn’t saved the recipe!
Well, that gave me an excuse to blog surf for lava cake posts. What a wonderful chore it was! I found two chocolate lava cake recipes which I used as a guide to make my Salted Caramel Lava Cakes.
I combined the method I found here [I simplified it further by skipping the step of seperating eggs] on Pioneer Woman’s blog and the recipe ingredients I found on Show me the Curry website. I chose the first for it’s simple dump and stir method and the second for the lesser quantity of ingredients used for 4 cup cakes when comparing other similar recipes. I slipped in bits of caramel squares in the batter and Voila! you have a dreamy,
Salted Caramel Lava Cake.
4 oz of semi-sweet baking chocolate squares [113 grams]
4 oz of butter [1 stick or 113 grams]
1/3 cup of sugar or icing sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup A P flour [All purpose white flour]
Some butter for greasing 4, 3 inch diameter, ramekins
6-8 caramel squares
a little rock salt/sea salt
100% cocoa powder for dusting ramekins, optional
Preheat oven to 425 deg [218 deg celsius]
Butter the ramekins. Dust with cocoa powder[optional]
Cut each caramel square into a few smaller pieces and press some salt onto them and set aside. If you leave them whole they might not melt all the way through.
Microwave the chocolate squares and butter for one minute in a large bowl. The chocolate will not have completely melted at this point. Whisk till the chocolate and butter combine.
Add the sugar and mix it in.
Whisk in the eggs and incorporate.
Stir in the flour. Work the flour in gently to combine.
Divide batter among the 4 ramekins.
Gently push the salted caramel bits into the batter covering them.
Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake between 10-14 minutes. The cake is ready when it has a domed appearance, the center is a little moist and the edges of the cake, dry and firm. Remove from the oven, insert a knife and go around the cake, invert onto serving plates, garnish wth salt and serve.
- Food Notes
- This is a very forgiving recipe and you can’t go wrong with this cake. Please do keep this in your repetoire. For very little time and effort you get outstanding results each and every time.
- You can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it. I’ve baked it after 3 three days. Not necessary to get to room temperature, just leave it out for a little while. You can even put it in a prepared ramekin, refrigerate and bake directly after you have set it out for a little bit.
- You can freeze the batter. Thaw and bake. You can also freeze in prepared ramekins, then thaw and bake, though the cake didn’t rise as much.
- You can spike it with liquor.
- If you have left the cake in the oven for a bit too long, it might not have a runny center but the inside will still be moist and fudgy and still yummy.
- The same recipe bakes equally well in a mini muffin pan. I set the temperature to 350 degrees [180degrees celcius] and baked for 10-12 minutes.
- For a chocolate lava cake, just omit the caramel squares.
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UPDATE; I used ‘Fleur De Sel Caramel’ from Trader Joe’s and I got much better results than Kraft Caramel Squares which I used originally. I didn’t have to cut up the caramels as I did with Kraft and the center was unbelievably gooey.
I am adding a link to Grace’s blog post on this cake. She is a reader who has shown step by step photos of the making of this cake. Please drop by her charming blog and see the recipe come alive.