Chocolate Lava Cakes with Pistachio Cream

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Chocolate Lava Cakes with Pistachio CreamRecipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
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)


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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.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 232
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 3.1 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 6.1 g
Carbohydrate 37.2 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 37 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 73 mg
Calcium 51 mg