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Chocolate Sponge Custard

Servings: 6
A luscious dessert for serving at a dinner party, or make this decadent chocolate sponge custard for dessert to savor after an intimate dinner for two.

3 eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup chocolate-flavored syrup
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Marshmallow creme or whipped cream, optional

In small mixing bowl at high speed, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff but not dry, just until whites no longer slip when bowl is tilted.

In small mixing bowl, at high speed, blend or beat yolks, milk, syrup, flour, and vanilla until smooth. Gently, but thoroughly, fold into beaten whites. Place 6 (6 oz./170 gram) lightly greased custard cups in large baking pan. Pour egg mixture into cups. Place pan on rack in preheated 350ºF (180ºC) oven. Pour very hot water into pan to within 1/2 inch of top of custards.

Bake until puffed and cake tester or wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove promptly from hot water. Cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Top with a dollop of marshmallow creme or whipped cream.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: American Egg Board
Date: July 12, 2003