10 of the Most Difficult Recipes to Make at Home
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|You won't know if you did everything right until you break into the cake.|
3. Molten Lava Cakes
Move aside soufflés, molten lava cakes take things to a whole new level. There's a reason this dish was a pressure test challenge on MasterChef; it's one of the most difficult desserts to perfect. You won't know if you accomplish cooking the outside of the cake and maintaining the "lava" of chocolate on the inside until you take a bite. Undercook it and the entire cake falls apart; overcook it and you essentially made a cake -- whoop dee freaking doo. Practice makes perfect, but I don't recommend practicing for dinner guests. Here's an awesome Vimeo depicting each step in making this luscious dessert.
2. Boeuf Bourguignon
Just read the ingredient list for boeuf bourguignon. I bet you're still reading. It's a crazy long list with an even longer list of instructions. Trust me, when Julia Child's recipe fills three pages of her cookbook and references two extra recipes to make brown-braised small white onions and mushrooms sautéed in butter, you're going to be cooking the entire day. Be careful not to overcook the beef cuts, or all of your hard work will be wasted.
Photo by Molly Dunn If the Hollandaise breaks, you messed up.
1. Eggs Benedict
Any dish with multiple components that must be properly executed creates a lot of challenges, especially when everything must be perfectly timed, like with Eggs Benedict. The easy parts are toasting the English muffin and searing the Canadian bacon or ham, but the difficult parts are poaching two eggs and making a Hollandaise sauce that doesn't break. Try this cheat from All Recipes for making the sauce by emulsifying all of the ingredients in a blender -- it's much easier like this than by hand. Then, take a look at this video for an excellent step-by-step explanation of making the entire dish.