If you build it, they will come.Gather Journal Molten Chocolate Volcano with Cranberry Lava
Volcanoes should inspire awe—they are a portal directly into the earth’s fiery interior. And while they demolish life (see Pompeii, circa 79 AD) they also build it: Lava fortifies soil and hardens into new land (that’s why Hawaii is growing), and their heat can become geothermal energy. Our warm chocolate volcano in a pool of cranberry lava is easy to create, and easier to demolish.
Combine cranberries, sugar, and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until boiling and berries burst, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add ½ tsp vanilla. Transfer to a blender. Purée and strain through a sieve.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a 1-qt oven-proof glass bowl and dust with cocoa. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
In a small saucepan melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Add salt and remaining ½ tsp vanilla. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Beat in brown sugar until doubled in volume, about 5 minutes. Fold in flour and melted chocolate until combined. Pour into bowl. Bake until top is dry and cracked but a skewer inserted in the center comes out wet. Start checking after 22 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then use an off-set spatula to help release cake from sides of bowl. Carefully invert onto serving plate. Serve immediately with cranberry sauce.