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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

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.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2002

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

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

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 232
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 7.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 6.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 37.2g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 73mg
  • Calcium: 51mg
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