Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour six 1- to 1 1/4-cup
dishes or six 10-ounce custard cups. Place soufflé dishes or custard cups in a shallow
baking pan and set pan aside.
In a heavy small saucepan melt butter and semisweet chocolate over low heat,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool.
Meanwhile, prepare Praline Sauce, cover and keep warm until needed.
Praline Sauce: In a heavy medium saucepan granulated sugar, brown sugar and corn
syrup. Stir in whipping cream. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling, stirring
constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until
thickened, stirring occasionally.
In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract with an
electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and lemon colored. Beat
in cooled chocolate mixture on medium speed.
Sift flour and cocoa over chocolate
mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Divide batter evenly into prepared
dishes or cups.
Bake 10 minutes. Pull cakes out of oven. Using a small spatula or table knife,
puncture top of each partially-baked cake and gently enlarge to make a dime-sized
hole. Slowly spoon about 1 tablespoon Praline Sauce into center of each cake.
cakes to oven. Bake 5 minutes more or until cakes feel firm at the edges.
Cool in dishes on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Using a small spatula or knife,
loosen cake edges from sides of dish or cup and slip cake out upright onto individual
Stir 1/3 cup toasted pecan halves into the remaining Praline Sauce.
If necessary, stir 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water into remaining sauce to thin.
warm Praline Sauce on top of cakes.
Top with pecan halves and sweetened whipped