Feb 2, 2011

Molten Chocolate Souffle

Molten chocolate souffle!

In the south, it has been damp, cold, and raining like cats and dogs. My friends in the north are digging themselves out of more snow than I have ever seen (I’m a southern girl!) and of course they are dealing with their all too familiar bitter cold winter temperatures. I told a friend up in Chicago that there are many times when I find myself missing living in the city but then there are times like this in the winter when I don’t! No matter where you are, I think that most can agree that we are eager for spring to hurry on in! While we patiently wait for the temperature spikes, why not treat yourself to a warm chocolate delight! Well, that’s not really a legitimate reason to eat chocolate souffle but any excuse for chocolate is a good one in my opinion!

I have nothing but wonderful words for this dessert. I made it for New Years and it gave “melt in your mouth” a whole new meaning! If you love chocolate, I should warn you that you will fall in love with this dessert! It’s rich and decadent and everything you could want in a chocolate dessert! Souffles can seem daunting with the necessity to beat the eggs just right and not have a collapsed treat by the end of all the baking, but I can now say, it’s just an act! They aren’t half as difficult as they appear and by the end you have a delicious dessert that looks fancy but doesn’t require too much work on your part!

Here is everything you’ll need:


(Serves 2. Used Le Creuset mini cocottes.)

  • 3.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 ounces (3/4 stick) butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

(Preheat the oven to 400.) The first thing to start is the chocolate. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Place a heat proof bowl on top of the pot (not touching the water) and melt the chocolate and butter in the top bowl. This creates a double boiler and is best to use for melting chocolate without burning it. Stir the butter and chocolate until it is melted and then let it cool to warm room temperature.

Melted chocolate and butter in a double boiler.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and whole eggs together. You can use an electric mixer, hand electric mixer or just a whisk and your own arm muscle! Once the eggs are mixed, beat in the sugar a tablespoon at a time. You want to let the eggs and sugar beat until the the eggs triple in volume and become a light yellow color.

Just starting to beat the eggs and sugar.

Eggs and sugar beat and tripled in size. With an electric mixer this will take about five minutes.

With the eggs beat, pour the eggs and sugar into the chocolate and butter mixture. Be sure to just gently fold everything so you don’t disturb the fluffiness in your eggs! Slowly sprinkle in the flour into this mixture and this will thicken the mixture just a bit.

Chocolate souffle batter complete: eggs, sugar, butter, chocolate and flour.

Grease the cocottes and fill each about 3/4 of the way with the chocolate souffle mixture. Place the cocottes on a baking sheet and let them bake, uncovered for about 12-15 minutes.

Cocottes filled and ready for the oven!

To tell you that your kitchen will smell deliciously of chocolate is quite an understatement! You’ll be counting down the minutes until the timer dings! You know they are done when you shake the baking sheet and the middles don’t jiggle anymore.

Chocolate souffles done and ready to eat!!

You can eat these plan, with powdered sugar (my pick), homemade whipped cream, a little orange zest, fresh fruit, the list can go on. Whatever you prefer with your chocolate go for it! You can make these for a nice dinner party with friends or family, a celebratory occasion, a day when a pick-me-up is needed or just for the sake to eat chocolate!! I don’t think I can properly explain in words how delicious this dessert is so my best advice to you is to buy some of your favorite good quality chocolate and get straight to baking! For now, that’s molten chocolate souffle…in the shell of a nut!

Chocolate souffles for two!

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