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With all the snow and craziness of the last month or so, I haven’t been able to post too much.  The snow also caused my wife and I to decide to eat in for Valentine’s Day. Her one request was a decadent chocolate dessert.  This was the result and it definitely fit that description.  If you’d like updates of future recipe posts, you can follow me on this blog or on Twitter @NarnianChef.

INGREDIENTS:

Cooking spray

1 cup flour

½ cup plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup plus 5 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

½ cup milk

2 tbs. olive oil

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

½ tsp. espresso powder (instant coffee will do just as well)

1½ cups boiling water

1 cup heavy cream, chilled

DIRECTIONS:

Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray.  In a bowl, mix the flour, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, 2 tbs. of the cocoa, the baking powder and the salt.  Stir in the milk, olive oil and vanilla.  It will be similar to a brownie batter.  Scrape the batter into the slow cooker and smooth the top.

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In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder and the espresso powder.  Whisk in the boiling water.  Pour the mixture over the batter.

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Cover and cook on high until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.  (Now don’t put the toothpick in too deep, there’s a molten layer of fudge under that cake.) Turn off the slow cooker, remove the lid and let the cake cool, 30 minutes.

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While you wait for the cake to cool, in a small bowl (preferably chilled), whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 3 tbs. cocoa, then whisk in the heavy cream.

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Cover and refrigerate 25 minutes.  Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the mixture until soft peaks form.

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You’ll notice a wonderful hot fudge sauce has formed beneath that cake.

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Scoop the warm cake and the sauce hiding underneath into bowls (I used little bean pots).  Dollop the cocoa whipped cream on top.

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The cake is very rich, and if you want to cut the richness, some vanilla ice cream might be a great accompaniment.  I hope you give this cake a try.  Life is worth the occasional indulgence of deep, dark chocolate.

May you be filled with richness in your life that comes from the presence of family, friends, and faith in God.

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