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  1. This flour-less cake from Toronto food stylist and recipe developer Karen Jull-O'Brien is a chocoholic's dream! The cake sinks in the middle as it cools, forming a crater perfect for loading with freshly whipped cream.

  2. Makes: 10 servings

  3. 8 squares (8 oz or about 225 g) bittersweet chocolate

  4. 1/3 cup unsalted butter

  5. 4 egg whites, at room temperature

  6. 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  7. 4 egg yolks

  8. 1/2 orange or 1 lemon, about 1 tsp

  9. 1-1/2 tsp vanilla

  10. 1/4 tsp salt

  11. TOPPING

  12. 1-1/2 cups whipping cream, about 375 ml

  13. 1 tbsp Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

  14. 1 tsp vanilla

  15. Shaved chocolate or cocoa powder

  16. 1. Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C). Line bottom of an 8-1/2" (22-cm) springform pan with waxed paper. Butter pan and paper. Then, sprinkle lightly with flour. Shake until evenly coated with flour, then shake out excess.

  17. 2.To make cake, cut chocolate into coarse pieces. Place chocolate and butter in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan set over very low heat. Melt, stirring frequently, then remove from heat when small pieces of chocolate are still visible, about 5 minutes. Then, stir until smooth. Or, place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, without stirring, on medium until chocolate is almost but not completely melted, about 3 minutes. Stir until smooth, then cool at room temperature.

  18. 3.In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy. Continue beating and slowly add

  19. 1/2 cup sugar,

  20. 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat just until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted, but whites are not stiff, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  21. 4.In another large mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks with remaining

  22. 1/4 cup sugar just until blended. Slowly whisk in lukewarm chocolate mixture, orange peel,

  23. 1-1/2 tsp vanilla and salt. To lighten batter, using a spatula, gently but thoroughly stir

  24. 1/4 of whites into chocolate mixture. Then, gently fold in remaining egg whites just until streaks of egg white disappear. Pour batter into pan and smooth top.

  25. 5.Bake in centre of oven until cake is puffed and cracked, and centre no longer wobbles when pan is given a gentle shake, about 50 minutes. Do not over-bake. Run sharp edge of a knife around edge of pan to loosen cake. Leave sides on pan and refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, at least

  26. 2 hours. Covered, cake can be refrigerated for up to

  27. 2 days.

  28. 6.Because whipped cream does not hold well, fill centre of cake when almost ready to serve. It should then hold in the refrigerator for up to

  29. 2 hours. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream with Grand Marnier and 1 tsp vanilla until thick soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. With a wet knife, loosen cake again from sides of pan. Remove sides. Pile whipped cream into crater of cake and, if you wish, lightly sprinkle with cocoa powder sifted through a small strainer or chocolate shavings. Decorate with fresh berries and mint leaves.

  30. 5.1 protein,

  31. 29.6 fat,

  32. 27.1 carbohydrates,

  33. 1 1/2 iron,

  34. 49 calcium,

  35. 370 calories

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