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This flourless chocolate cake is hiding a spicy surprise within.

The universally appealing cuisine at NYC restaurant Jack’s Wife Freda is inspired by the global Jewish comfort foods that fueled the childhoods of owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz. Tuck into matzo ball soup, all manners of hearty egg dishes, lots of lamb, fresh vegetables and even tagine with couscous. And for dessert, don’t miss their famous spicy-rich flourless chipotle chocolate cake.

In essence this dessert has more in common with a souffle than a cake, but nonetheless it is a decadent end to a great meal. Try to find a good-quality semisweet chocolate that is at least 60 percent cocoa. Julia’s addition of chipotle lends just a touch of spice to her signature recipe, which couples beautifully with the richness of the chocolate.

Reprinted with permission from Jack’s Wife Freda