As a trained pastry chef I have to admit I am almost embarrassed to be offering this recipe. This once king of fine-dining desserts now gets snickers from chefs and foodies when it appears on a menu. It is now so common place it is seen as showing little creativity or technique from the kitchen. Despite the Lava Cake’s fall from fine dining grace, it is still hard to beat that first delicious bite of warm, oozing chocolate!
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Unfortunately, many of the recipes out there can be quite bland and decorating them with royal-icing just adds sweetness not flavour. After many attempts, I finally landed on the recipe below for Vanilla Sugar Cookies from Williams-Sonoma. The addition of vanilla bean makes them exceptionally tasty.