April 09, 2010

Chocolate Souffle

So for my new ingredient/recipe/dish recipe I thought I would try a souffle. I have never made one before. The only one I have eaten was made by Jet Set (although that post was funny, don't be decieved, the souffle was delicious!). It was divine. But I decided to try out a chocolate one this time. I made it for our vegetarian-theme night for cooking club. Hey, they didn't say vegan. Honestly, I mostly made it for you.
For baking, I don't make up recipes. I haven't learned that science yet. I was a little nervous, to tell you the truth, about it. I hear they are hard and often people say they don't turn out. So, I turned to my best friend who is a pastry chef (who is currently on hiatus because she had triplets!) for tips and recipes. She gave me a few good tips, sent me to the internet for recipes, and wished me luck.

After searching the web, I chose this recipe because it used the same size souffle dish I had and I didn't have to buy alcohol for it. (We don't drink so I don't have it in the house.) I did make some minor adjustments, but I thought it was quite delicious. I hope you try it out - it was an adventure!

Chocolate Souffle 
adapted from George Duran
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces, plus more for greasing
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt, plus a pinch for the egg whites
12 Tbsp sugar, divided; plus more for dusting dish
5 large eggs, separated into yolks and whites, at room temperature for 30 minutes
1/4 c all-purpose flour

Put an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 6-cup souffle dish or casserole. Dust with granulated sugar.
Melt the chocolates and butter in a large bowl in a microwave-safe glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring well every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Cool completely.
Add vanilla, salt, and 6 tablespoons sugar. Add yolks 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the flour.
Beat the whites with a pinch of salt in a bowl using an electric mixer at high speed until they hold soft peaks. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until the whites hold stiff glossy peaks.
Whisk about 1/4 of the whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites gently but thoroughly. Pour the batter into the souffle dish, spreading it evenly.
Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until the center is still jiggling and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs adhering to it (It took me 35-40 min). Serve the souffle warm. 

* Tips: when folding the egg whites into the chocolate mixture be very gentle. The more you add, the more careful you should be. 
I served mine with fresh strawberries. A light dusting of powdered sugar would be very pretty.


Hannah said...

This was the best. I am craving more!

Cathy said...

Looks so yummy!

Kelsey said...

Wow and wow. It was sooo good! I am never forgetting to bring tupperware again. Your souffle would have made an excellent breakfast this morning...ahh well. Next time...

Emily said...

Looks mouthwatering and beautiful. I really don't deserve any credit. I might just make this sometime. Thanks for the recipe.

Connie said...

You make it sound so easy! I've never made a souffle because I had heard horror stories about it falling in the middle and turning out bad. If that picture is the one you made then I'm going to do it! Beautiful!

Thanks for the recipe!