usually we post about our cooking successes on blogs. and make it look effortless. so. let's get real and talk about some not so great experiences.
to start, that picture is not of something i made. obviously.
but, like most people, i love chocolate lava cake. dark chocolate torte. chocolate cake with a gooey center. whatever you call it, i love it. it is, to me, the ultimate chocolate dessert. and when i was in college, i learned that it's not too hard to make. you know - melt some chocolate, mix in some flour, there's probably butter in there somewhere, bake in a little ramekin for fifteen minutes. it sounded very, very doable when i was 19. so i went through all the steps, i did exactly what the recipe said, and into the oven my ramekins went. oh my friends and i were so excited.
chocolate lava cake! gooey centers! oh boy!
after fifteen minutes in the oven i checked them, but they were still pretty much liquid.
"hmmm," i thought. "strange. recipe always work, right?"
so young. so naiive. those were the days.
i checked after 30 minutes. nothin' doin'. i checked after 45 minutes. a little crust had formed. maybe. and somewhere between one and two hours in the oven i came to grips with the fact that no, we would not be eating chocolate lava cake that night. but we did have very warm chocolate soup for dessert.