Saturday, March 7, 2009

Chocolate Lava Cakes with Pistachio Cream

These flourless chocolate cakes are as rich as a restaurant dessert, but they're made with a fraction of the fat and no dairy butter. When these cakes bake, the gooey filling causes the center to sink in.

12 servings (serving size: 1 cake and 2 teaspoons sauce)

* 1 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios
* 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
* 2 large eggs
* 5 large egg whites
* 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Cooking spray
* 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
* Dash of salt
* Powdered sugar (optional)

Place pistachios in a food processor; process until a crumbly paste forms (about 3 1/2 minutes), scraping sides of bowl once.

Place 1/4 cup pistachio butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, cocoa, eggs, and egg whites in top of a double boiler; stir well with a whisk. Add chocolate; cook over simmering water until chocolate melts and sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat; add baking powder and vanilla. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Chill 2 hours.

Place remaining 1/4 cup pistachio butter and 1/2 cup sugar in food processor; pulse 4 times or until combined. Add milk and salt; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve into a small saucepan; discard solids. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 4 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat; pour into a bowl. Cover and chill.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Bake cakes at 450° for 9 minutes or until almost set (centers will not be firm). Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Invert each cake onto a dessert plate; drizzle with sauce. Garnish with powdered sugar, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 232 (30% from fat)
Fat: 7.7g (sat 2.2g,mono 3.1g,poly 1.5g)
Protein: 6.1g
Carbohydrate: 37.2g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 37mg
Iron: 0.9mg
Sodium: 73mg
Calcium: 51mg

source by:
recipes by: Cooking Light
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro


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