White House chef cooks up a great holiday dessert - abc27 WHTM

White House chef cooks up a great holiday dessert

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Former White House Chef John Moeller cooked up holiday fun on abc27's Good Day PA. Moeller spent 13 years as White House chef for three first families. He recalled that the holiday season was always a beautiful and busy time on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"What happens at Christmastime, the transformation of the house is incredible," Moeller said. "We have over 100 volunteers that will actually decorate the house for about a week until it's ready to go."

Moeller's book, "Dining at the White House: From the President's Table to Yours" features more than 100 recipes that Moeller personally created for the White House and then refined to allow them to be user-friendly to average home cooks.

On Good Day PA on Tuesday, Moeller prepared a Warm Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Sauce.



Raspberry Sauce

8 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed

Juice from 1 lemon

¼ cup sugar


Warm Flourless Chocolate Torte

Unsalted butter


5 oz. bittersweet chocolate

1 stick unsalted butter

5 ounces egg whites

1/2 cup sugar

3 oz. egg yolks

Powdered sugar

Seasonal berries



Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 6 (4-ounce) soufflé cups, place on baking sheet, and set aside.

Melt chocolate in double boiler over medium-low heat. Turn off heat, and gently stir in butter.

Beat egg whites, until soft peaks form, then gradually add sugar, and continue beating, until stiff peaks form.

Using a rubber spatula, blend egg yolks into chocolate. Gradually fold in ¼ of meringue into the chocolate, until well incorporated. Fold ½ of remaining meringue into chocolate mixture, until well incorporated. Fold in remaining meringue, until well incorporated.

Fill soufflé cups to just under the rim. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm to the touch.

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