Fallen Chocolate Souffle Torte / Chocolate and The Art of Low Fat Desserts

Before I lose your attention to this incredible cookbook and dessert I just have to tell you that my mind is going full speed ahead with so many post ideas!

I have several drafts in the works and there is so much I want to write about that I have a little fight with myself every morning about which idea to go with first! I was going to post today about goal setting but then I decided to go with this awesome sharing of my love of chocolate desserts in a healthier way of course!

I am also thinking about changing my blog and having a different set up for posting my recipes so that I can post a recipe and a different type of post on the same day. I don’t have the expertise to figure that out for myself, so right now it is just an idea. I floated it past my son and he didn’t think it was necessary to have two separate blogs one for recipes and one for chatting. There must be a way to have both contained with in one blog perhaps a separate page for recipes or something like that. If anyone has any ideas in this regard please share them.

I have a back log of recipe reviews, product reviews, a give away I won on another blog, thoughts on goal setting, a weight loss update and my thoughts on the real meaning of deprivation and the mindset of a yo yo dieter! I think I will be posting more often this week as I just have too much I want to share and I can’t get it all into 3 little posts!

Enough of that and now let’s get going with the post that won todays little mind battle!


This is my favorite low fat dessert cook book.  Dessert chef and chocolatier Alice Medrich is a genius when it comes to developing low fat desserts that taste anything but light! The recipes are sensational and use high quality ingredients no fake stuff allowed, resulting in rich full flavored decadent desserts.

Alice Medrich said “Today I know that the health conscious changes we have made in our diets – even – subtly – over the last decade have also changed our palates. Even those of us who love food have begun to taste things differently, to have less tolerance for fat and rich foods, and to derive more pleasure from good tasting, well made lighter food.”

Alic did such an outstanding job with her lighter recipes that this cook book did receive the James Beard 1995 cook book of the year award!  If you like to bake, love chocolate but still want to keep the fat and calories at a reasonable level then this cook book is for you. The author also included some non chocolate recipes but honestly I have yet to try any of them. I don’t often bake any more but when I do have the desire to bake for a special occasion this is the first place I look for inspiration.

Since this cook book is no longer in print when I learned about it I had to search for a used copy on line. I found it for around $7 a few years ago. The copy I have has an inscription inside from Alice Medrich to a couple thanking them for a lovely evening. Well their loss in giving up this book was definitely my gain!

Katy made the Fallen Chocolate Souffle Torte for me. It is one of our favorite chocolate recipes. Don’t tell anyone it is a lighter recipe, they will never know. It is a full rich deep chocolate flavor, moist and decadent. You will have a hard time eating a whole serving in one sitting, okay maybe not! Sometimes though, just half a serving is satisfying for me. One serving is under 200 calories and just 6.4 g of fat. We have made this recipe many times over and it is plate of pleasure for a chocolate lover. Remember, this is not an every day food for me but I can enjoy it for special occasions!

This recipe calls for Dutch process cocoa and the more common supermarket brand is Droste. Do look for it as Hershey brand just won’t result in the same rich chocolate flavor. In her book Medrich explains all about the high quality ingredients she has chosen and why they work so well.

Dutch Process Cocoa                                                                    Line the spring form pan with parchment paper.

Fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture.               All puffed up right out of the oven.

Torte starts to fall.                                                                                   Remove the spring form, turn onto a pan.

Transfer to a serving dish.                                                         The top is fallen and all cracked and rustic looking.

Dust with powdered sugar.

Cut into 10 generous servings.                                                                 Bon appetit!



Fallen Chocolate Souffle Torte

  • 1/4 cup finely ground almonds, 1 ounce (I use hazelnuts)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 ounces (90 grams) dark chocolate,bittersweet or semisweet, chopped fine (I use bittersweet)
  • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoons brandy
  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • ~1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (scant)
  • 2-3 teaspoons powdered sugar for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F/ 190 C. Position baking rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Grease and line an 8 inch/20cm spring form cake tin with parchment paper and spray the sides with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Combine chopped chocolate, cocoa and 3/4 cup of the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the boiling water. Whisk until mixture is smooth and chocolate is completely melted. Make sure any cocoa lumps are dissolved. Whisk in the egg yolks and brandy. Set aside.
  4. Combine the egg whites and cream of tartar in a smaller mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining sugar and beat on high speed until stiff.
  5. Whisk the flour and almonds into the chocolate. Fold about 1/4 of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture to lighten it then fold in the remaining egg whites. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a skewer comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. Cool in the pan.
  7. The torte will sink – it’s supposed to! Taking care not to break the edges of the torte, slide a knife between the torte and the pan and run it around the pan to release the cake completely. Invert cake onto a plate and remove pan and paper liner. Turn right side up on a serving platter.
  8. Torte may be stored, covered at room temperature for 1 day or frozen for up to two months.
  9. To serve, sieve powdered sugar over the top. Serve with fresh berries if desired or a raspberry sauce.

Yield: 10 servings

Nutritional Information

Per Serving; 179 calories; 6.4 g fat; 4.2 g protein; 30.2g carbs; 3g. fiber,

Old WWPs 4  /  New WWPP 5

Edited 2/4 /11 to reflect new WWPP

from ‘Chocolate & the art of Low-Fat Desserts’

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Sally Berger

Do you have a favorite celebration dessert?

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  1. Karen@WaistingTime says:


    My thoughts on the blog thing: I think you could do more posts like this – the beginning is the topic of the post (like the meaning of deprivation, which intrigues me), and the second part is a recipe. Some readers may like one part more than the other and everyone is happy:) Or just intersperse. You could also start a second blog if you have the time and inclination. Much like Roni with http://ronisweigh.com/ and http://greenlitebites.com/ has done.

    I am not sure how a separate page would work because I don’t know if you can publish posts to another page or not. I have been doing that new page thing for my summer challenge and I just add info and update the same page over and over. Not great for the recipe idea.

  2. fittingbackin says:

    I know what you mean! I’m trying to avoid two blogs too but do wish it was easier to get recipes (for me too!)

    My favorite celebration dessert is definitely chocolate cake. with peanutbutter involved somehow. Yum!

  3. Debby says:

    Oh that sounds lovely. Only 4 points? I just copied that recipe and will get the good coco next time I go to the city. I can’t wait to make this! TY for sharing.

  4. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    This may be my new favorite dessert. 🙂

  5. karen@fitnessjourney says:

    It is such a coincidence that you posted this today. I just got done making a similar style (but not low-fat!) chocolate torte as a surprise for my husband. Wish I’d seen this so I could have tried yours instead.

    How cool that the author signed the book. I love buying old books with inscriptions from the author or even a “Happy Birthday Delores” type comment and the year. It’s like buying a piece of history.

  6. JourneyBeyondSurvival says:

    This looks delicious. I can’t believe how good it looks! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    I hope you figure out the recipe thing. As far as I know it would be easiest for me to just have two interlinked blogs set up exactly the same. The kind of website you are talking about is way beyond my scope.

  7. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    The dessert looks & sounds amazing. And I love that it’s healthier!

    My favorite dessert is creme brulee, and I always get it on special occasions. But I have honestly never made it at home…

  8. Genie@dietof51 says:

    Wow, you are fired up! So many things to write about, not enough blog space. Funny!

    That torte looks amazing. Send some right over, please.

  9. Janine says:

    predictably, you got my attention with the chocolate. Not only that, but I already went online and ordered the book. I’m still searching for a wonderful chocolate dessert that doesn’t tip me over into a carb- induced eating frenzy. Re: favorite company desserts–I’ll bake something, and then serve a huge platter of chocolate dipped strawberries when they’re in season.

  10. Melva Petty says:

    In case of emergency… administer chocolate! Thanks for the great post!

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