Chocolate-Espresso Faux Soufflés

Soufflés are easy to make once you know the technique and have had some practice, but they are not practical to make when entertaining, as they require your attention and time away from your guests. Plus, the fear of the soufflé falling is not worth the risk. Instead, here’s a recipe you can prepare ahead of time for a cold soufflé that is yummy and impressive.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I always prefer this cake the next day. It’s a perfect, rich dessert for cool weather. There is no need to refrigerate it—just cover loosely with waxed paper and keep it in a cool place. If refrigerated, make sure to take it out at least 2 hours before serving.

Pears with Chocolate and Pepper

The pear is one of nature’s most remarkable inventions; its versatility is second to none. What other fruit could wed so perfectly with chocolate one minute, blue cheese the next?

Chocolate Rice Pudding

This perfect comfort food is a wonderful winter dessert that’s easy and quick to make before your guests arrive and leave on the counter till dessert time.

Ardèche Coffee

Ardèche was where my chef-trained Uncle Charles moved when he married Aunt Mireille. It’s also chestnut land, and for a coffee lover this simple winter dessert is heavenly.