sriracha buckwheat molten lava cakes

sriracha buckwheat molten lava cakes

This is probably the craziest yet happiest batch of little things I've baked in a while. My not-so-secret obsession with all things chocolate and Sriracha hit it's peak this week when I decided to travel down the path of mixing them together. Maybe they might get married someday and make a happy couple, one could only hope! 

chocolate and whisk

Until now, I had never baked a lava cake, so I scrounged around for several recipes in my stack of baking cookbooks (that are unpacked yet literally piled against the wall of the living room like the entrance to a some ancient monument.....I'll eventually deal with this soon, hopefully), unfortunately I didn't have a recipe in any of my books (could also be an excuse to get more cookbooks)! I went online and found one that looked pretty easy to prepare and decided to take the plunge down the hole that looked dark and messy yet held a promise of sweet peppery goodness.  

lava cake prep

Buckwheat is by far one of my favorite whole grain flours to work with because it has such a lovely color and flavor. Indian cooking uses a lot of whole grain flours but buckwheat is a flour that I came across after I moved to the US and I love, love it! I've adapted the original lava cake recipe from one of my trusted cooking magazines, 

Saveur

 and substituted the flour with buckwheat among a few other ingredients. 

sriracha buckwheat molten lava cake
sriracha molten lava cakes

Here are a few notes that I made during baking and I wanted to share with you; 

  • I had no heavy cream at home but I did have full fat coconut milk and that worked just fine in preparing the truffles.You can make the truffles ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator, just stick them into the cake batter they day you are ready to bake the cakes. 
  • The cakes will rise during baking and you should remove them while they are still hot after the initial 2 minute cooling process. I removed them from the ramekins even though we didn't eat all of them the same day. The cakes might sink slightly once they are too cool which is why I really like serving them as soon as they are baked straight out of the oven.
  • To store, I ended up wrapping the rest of the cakes (after removing them from the ramekins) with cling film and freezing them for long term storage in an an airtight ziploc bag. Before eating the cakes, instead of thawing, I unwrapped the cling film and microwaved them covered with a microwave-safe lid. It worked great and now I have Sriracha lava cakes on demand. 

Also, if you don't like Sriracha you can leave it out from the cakes and make yourself a whole grain buckwheat lava cake. 

buckwheat sriracha molten lava cakes

sriracha buckwheat molten lava cakes

(

adapted from Saveur

)

yields:

6 cakes

ingredients

2 oz semisweet chocolate chips

3 tablespoons full fat coconut milk or heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce 

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped + additional butter for greasing

1 1/4 ounces buckwheat flour + additional for dusting

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1/2 cup (2 ounces) raw brown sugar

1 teaspoon madgascar bourbon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher sea salt

3 large eggs

confectioners sugar for dusting (optional, I did not do this)

1. Heat the coconut milk (or heavy cream) in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat until it just begins to simmer. Remove from the stove and pour it into a heat proof bowl containing the chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate melts into a smooth paste. If the chocolate doesn't melt completely, microwave carefully for 10 seconds, just be careful not to burn the chocolate.  Once the chocolate forms a smooth silky sauce, whisk in the sriracha. Over the bowl with cling film and allow it to chill completely for at least 30 minutes. 

2. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator once the chocolate is chilled. Divide into 6 equal parts and mold into small truffles/balls. Place each truffle onto a sheet of parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Place a wire rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450F. Take 6, six ounce ramekin bowls and grease them with butter and then dust them generously with flour. Place the bowls on a baking sheet/tray and refrigerate until ready to use.

4. Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium sized saucepan, stir until combined. The mixture will resemble a smooth silky sauce. Remove from stove, once completely combined and then cool for about 10 minutes. While the chocolate is cooling, whisk the sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the batter turns pale yellow and fluffy. This will take about 4-5 minutes. Finally, beat in the melted chocolate mixture followed by the flour. Divide half of the batter between the ramekin bowls, then place a truffle in each bowl and cover each bowl with the rest of the remainder batter. Even out the surfaces of each bowl with an offset spatula and bake them for 15 minutes until the cakes are just set (they will rise a little). Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes.

5. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the ramekin bowl and immediately invert onto an individual serving plate. Tap gently to release the cake. Dust with confectioner's sugar. Repeat with the rest of the cakes. Serve immediately.

sriracha pumpkin soup

Hot Sriracha pumpkin soup

It's the season for all things warm and hot when it comes to food. Whenever, fall weather kicks in, I start to fill my kitchen up with warm soups and hot meals. It's my thing, soups and cold weather, I can make a bucket load, refrigerate, so I have plenty for the entire week and that way I can catch up with whatever needs to be done at home. You know what I mean, those one-pot-meals can be life-savers and a time-savers. 
Suagr pie pumpkin

I've also picked up a great new time-saving habit, buy a sugar pie pumpkin, cut the hard skin off, grate it in the food processor and then divide and freeze in bags. It's working out wonderfully! The two of us at home can't eat that much in one sitting even if we wanted to and I love that I can now have raw pumpkin whenever I need. The longest I've kept it frozen is three weeks and it is still delicious just like it is here in my first soup recipe of this autumn season.

Pumpkin soup with Sriracha

I've developed this soup to be simple yet full of flavor. For heat, there's a generous addition of my favorite hot sauce, Sriracha and a little jalapeno pepper. Fried oregano makes the perfect garnish on top of this warm pumpkin soup. For a little more protein in the soup, I've added a bit of greek yogurt to the soup, whisk it in at the end and never boil the soup once the yogurt is added or the protein will coagulate. To reheat, I recommend warming it on a low flame slowly with constant stirring and avoid the boiling point.

Sriracha pumpkin soup

siracha pumpkin soup

yields: 6 servings

ingredients

4 cups raw pumpkin pulp, grated  (I used a sugarpie pumpkin)
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 jalapeno
4 cups vegetable stock (low sodium)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 generous tablespoon of sriracha
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
1 cup beaten plain non-fat greek yogurt

1. Puree the pumpkin pulp, garlic cloves, jalapeno and about half of the stock in a food processor. Add more stock if necessary to get a smooth puree. Keep aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large thick bottomed stockpot with a lid on a medium high flame. When the oil is hot, add the oregano and cook for 40 seconds, remove the oregano from the pot with a silicone spatula or spoon and reserve for later. 
3. In the same stockpot add the pureed pumpkin, the rest of the stock, sriracha, salt and the turmeric. Stir the ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil on a medium high flame. Once the soup starts to boil, reduce the flame to a gentle simmer, cover with the lid and cook for 45 minutes until the pumpkin puree tastes completely soft. 
4. Remove the soup from the stove and whisk in the yogurt to mix completely. Adjust the amount of salt and siracha if needed.
5. Serve the soup immediately and garnish with a little extra virgin olive oil and the fried oregano from earlier.