This may be one of my favorite desserts of all times. You would never guess that it is not sinfully decadent. There are a couple different steps in the preparation but the big bonus is that the soufflés can be prepared ahead of time. Pop them in the oven just before you are ready to serve desert. You will impress your special Valentine and your company too.

Soufflés:

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 spray eight 6 ounce soufflé dishes with butter spray.

In a medium non-stick skillet, melt chocolate chips. Remove from heat.

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 - 2 minutes. Add milk and continue to stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil gently for 1 - 2 minutes. Add the mixture to the melted chocolate and stir until completely blended. Remove from heat.

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 in the skillet 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 small non-stick skillet over very low heat. Add sugar and stir to mix. Add water and continue to stir constantly over medium heat until mixture is blended and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add Grand Marnier.

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

Serves 8

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories: 290 Fat, gm.: 14 Protein, gm.: 5 Carbs, gm.: 35 Cholesterol, mg.: 80 Fiber, gm.: 2.8