The other day I received the following text from my brother:
It’s wonderful having a chef for a brother, especially when you enjoy cooking and baking as much as I do. The usual problem I have with the recipes he shares with me is that they are oftentimes written to serve a crowd. For example, he sent me a recipe for pizza dough two weeks ago that would leave me with 3 pounds of dough….and I needed to have mozzarella whey on hand. I typically do a little math to figure out how much I’ll really be making.
This recipe, however, was just right. Chocolate budino is basically a flourless chocolate cake that is moist but forms a lovely crust and crumb on the outside while remaining just a bit gooey on the inside. It was the perfect way to spend an hour this afternoon.
After I converted the ounces to grams, I grabbed a bar of dark baking chocolate, a bar of milk chocolate, 250 grams of butter, 1/2 cup of hot coffee, and began melting them together in my makeshift double boiler. The two chocolates slowly formed a rich, dark liquid. I stirred slowly allowing the butter to incorporate. When it was all just about melted, I added the sugar and vanilla and then took it off the hob to cool.
While I waited I whisked the eggs and prepared the ramekins. I also got out my ladle and determined that 4 ounces was the exact amount that my ladle would hold. Perfect!
The addition of the whisked eggs made the mixture just a bit lighter, but it was impossibly smooth and rich. I filled one ramekin as a test and put it in the oven to see how long and how hot I would really need my oven to be. After 20 minutes, the budino was puffed up nicely and the smell was wafting out the windows and through the house. I put the remaining 9 in the oven.
I brought the 9 to dinner tonight and served them with ice cream and/or whipped cream. It was just the right amount of dessert.
And when I got home and checked my phone, I had a message from my brother asking how everyone liked the dessert.
They loved it. And I love that he and I can share this one simple thing across the miles.