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White chocolate lava cake

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White Chocolate Lava Cake
Recipe by Chris Turner

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Cooking Time: 18-20 Minutes
Serves 2

Wine Match:  Saints Noble Semillon

Raspberry Sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp icing sugar

Caramel Shards 
1/4  cup caster sugar
20ml water

Mascarpone Cream
1/3 cup double cream
1/3 cup mascarpone
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar

Lava Cake
175g Valrhona white chocolate
25g Mainland unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
75g caster sugar
2 free range eggs
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
40g plain flour, sifted

1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. To make the raspberry sauce, place the raspberries, lemon juice and icing sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer until the sauce has reached a thick consistency, then pass through a fine sieve and set aside to cool.

3. To make the caramel shards, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan, place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Watch carefully, but do not stir. Wait until the sugar turns a deep caramel colour then remove from the heat. Allow to cool for one minute, then use a fork or spoon to dip into the caramel and drizzle across a silicone mat in thin lines. Once set, break into large shards for garnish.

4. To make the mascarpone cream, whisk together the cream, mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to serve.

5. To make the lava cake, place the white chocolate in a double boiler over low heat and melt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

6. Place the Mainland butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and use a hand beater to cream together until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt.  Slowly add the egg mixture to the butter mixture, careful not to over mix, and add the vanilla. Use a spatula to fold in the flour, then fold in the cooled chocolate. Grease two ramekins and pour the mixture in to the moulds. Cook for 18-20 minutes. The lava cakes should be set on top but not cooked through as they should ooze when cut into.

7. To serve, run a small knife around the inside of the ramekin to loosen the cake and then turn out on to a serving plate. Drizzle raspberry sauce on the plate. Make a quenelle of cream and place on top of the sauce and balance a caramel shard on top of the cream.