My main takeaway from making chocolate soufflé, is that it's no way near as hard as people say. The main thing to remember is not to get any egg yolk in your egg whites. Otherwise, it's pretty simple.
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 oz. dark chocolate (I used 70% cocoa content)
- 3 egg yolks
- 6 egg whites
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar to coat the ramekins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease four 3 1/2 inch ramekins with butter. Pour a couple of teaspoons of granulated sugar into each ramekin, cover with saran wrap, and toss to coat the inside. Spill out the remaining sugar. Put the ramekins in the refrigerator until you are ready to add the soufflé mixture.
Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, or you carefully microwave it on medium at 30 second intervals until it is melted. Stir occasionally until smooth.
Beat the yolks until creamy in a separate bowl. Remove the chocolate from from the heat and mix in the yolks.
In a separate bowl, use a mixer to whip the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar until it starts to foam up (soft peaks). Add the 5 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and continue to mix on high until it it is glossy and firm (hard peaks).
With a spatula, thoroughly mix about 1/4 of the whites into the chocolate. Now very gently, fold in the remaining egg whites into the chocolate sauce in three batches. Keep it as foamy and light as you can.
Spoon the mixture into the ramekins. If you want more of a "hat" top (see our cheese soufflé recipe), you can fill to the rim, then run your finger around the inside edge of the ramekin.
Bake for about 12 minutes, then quickly and without jarring the soufflés, remove them from the oven and dust with some powdered sugar.
Serve quickly because they will start to collapse a little after a minute or so (this is just what happens to soufflés), plus they are so stinkin' awesome when they're hot.
Just looking at these photos makes me want to bake another!