Friday, February 13, 2015

Chocolate Lava Cake

It's the day before Valentine's Day, which is a holiday that has a lot of different meanings to many different people. Maybe you have a romantic evening planned out with your significant other, maybe instead you're joining a group of friends, or at home with your family.  Either way there seems to be one universal way to celebrate Valentine's Day, and that's to eat CHOCOLATE.
Chocolate may be one of the greatest inventions of man.  Right up there with the wheel and sliced bread. This time of year, there's a great deal of emphasis for people to buy chocolates or eat dinner and have a chocolate dessert. Whatever your fancy may be, this is an awesome recipe to have tucked in your back pocket. A Chocolate Lava Cake that can easily be made in the Slow Cooker. This is an easy recipe to make for a dinner party, or if you're at home this Valentine's Day with your significant other and 3 kids.  It's delicious, easy, and requires very little attention. I did make the brownie mix from scratch (mostly because it was cheaper), but you can certainly buy a box of pre-made brownie mix if you prefer or to save time.
Just a reminder, this is one of my last blog posts before maternity leave starts. I'll try my best to keep online and post a few while on maternity leave, but I can't promise anything. However feel free to keep submitting recipe requests and emailing me at ahoff@timesherald.com with questions or thoughts.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

10 minutes to prep
3-3.5 hours on High in Slow Cooker
10 servings
·       Non Stick Cooking Spray to cover bottom and sides of Slow Cooker

Homemade Brownie Mix
·       1 Cup Granulated Sugar
·       2/3 Cup Flour
·       1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Cocoa (I used Hershey's)
·       1/2 tsp. Salt
·       1/2 tsp baking powder
·       1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
·       3 Eggs
·       2/3 Cup Water


Topping
·       2 Cups Milk
·       1 Instant Pudding Packet (I used Jello brand, feel free to use whatever brand you like)
·       2 Cups Chocolate Chips




Optional
·       Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream

Set up Slow Cooker and spray down bottom and sides with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl mix up homemade Brownie mix, beat together for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined.



Pour into slow cooker carefully, it'll easily splash down the sides.



In a separate bowl, mix together the milk and pudding packet. Allow to set for 2-3 minutes until it's soft set.





Add pudding mixture on top of brownie mixture in Slow Cooker. DO NOT MIX TOGETHER once they're both in the slow cooker.



Evenly spread chocolate chips on top of both mixtures.



Cook on High for 3-3.5 hours. It may look a bit goopy but it will taste amazing when done.  You can also top each serving with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


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