So, baking in mason jars has become a thing. And I have
happily embraced it! Part of the reason is that it seems easier than ramekins.
I also love how portable they are and how fun they look on the table. This cool
lava cake is the epitome of fun jar baking. It is chock full of chocolatey
goodness and is a blast to make for the whole family. The nice thing about the
jar is that it captures the lava so it doesn’t spill all out onto your plate.
Instead, it stays in the jar so you can mop up every last drop.
This recipe is so easy, that hopefully it will wash away
any doubts you have about your ability to make chocolate lava cakes in general.
Many people think they are best left to trained pastry chefs but I can assure
you they are not. They just look and sound fancier than they actually are and I promise you, once you get the hang of it
you’ll be making them all the time. Here the recipe to get you started!
RECIPE: Nutella Lava Cakes in a Jar
Yields 12 Lava Cakes
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup Nutella
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Oil the inside of 12
4-ounce jam jars. Place them on a rimmed cookie sheet.
In a large microwave-safe bowl add the butter, chocolate
chips, and Nutella. Microwave it in 30-second bursts until it can be stirred
smooth. Carefully fold in the flour, and sugar until smooth.
While whisking continuously, add the eggs and egg yolks,
one a time. Then add the vanilla extract. Whisk well until the mixture is
smooth and glossy.
Divide the batter evenly amongst the jam jars so each one
is about ¾ full. Bake them for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are set but
you can see that the center is still soft.
Remove the jars from the oven and let them cool on the
cookie sheet for five minutes. Then carefully place the jars (which will still
be hot) on individual dessert places. Shower with confectioners’ sugar and