Chocolate Soufflés With Grand Marnier Chocolate Sauce

This recipe comes highly recommended by Toni Sienkewicz.

8 ounces chocolate chips (1 ¼ cups)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup fat-free milk
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar

Chocolate Sauce:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)

Lightly coat eight 6 ounce soufflé dishes with butter.

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave..

In separate container, melt butter in microwave. Add flour. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 - 2 minutes. Add milk and continue to stir constantly until mixture comes to a light. Continue to cook gently for another minute or two. Add the mixture to the melted chocolate and stir until completely blended.

In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add a small amount of warm chocolate mixture to eggs and stir. Add warmed eggs to the remaining chocolate and stir until well mixed. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tarter until soft peaks form. Add sugar very gradually while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Add a few tablespoons of egg whites to the chocolate mixture to soften slightly. Combine chocolate mixture and egg whites and gently fold egg whites into the chocolate. Divide mixture between 8 soufflé dishes.

Cover and store in refrigerator until 30 minutes before ready to serve.

When ready to serve, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover and bake for 17 – 22 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked. The middle should be soft but not runny.

Sauce – To prepare sauce, melt chocolate in microwave. Add sugar and stir to mix. Add water and continue to stir constantly  microwaveuntil mixture is blended and sugar is dissolved. Add Grand Marnier.

Serve each soufflé with a dollop of chocolate sauce. Add a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Serves 8