Molten Lava Cake for your Sweetheart

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Christina Hitchcock, cook extraordinaire and local blogger of It's A  Keeper shares her recipe for a Molten Lava Cake for your Valentine.

4 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature (plus more for ramekin)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus more for ramekin)
3 large eggs
1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp instant coffee granules
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter 6 ramekins (if you don’t have ramekins, you can use a muffin tin). Dust with granulated sugar, and tap out excess. Set aside.

 With an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn mixer to low speed and add flour and salt. Mix until just combined. Beat in melted chocolate. Do not over mix.

Divide batter evenly among prepared ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake just until tops no longer jiggle when pan is lightly shaken, about 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.

To serve, turn out cakes onto serving plates. Dust with confectioners sugar.

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