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{RECIPE} Dark Chocolate Soufflé

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I've been talking about my chocolate soufflé for a while, so I'm finally posting the recipe.

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.

CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ

Ingredients:

  • 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
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Directions:

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.

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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.

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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!

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What I'm Baking to Zest up my Life!

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I was asked by Kraft to write a post about how I might try something new to "spice up" my life.

What immediately came to mind were all the things I'm afraid to make in the kitchen. In my fantasy, I am a fearless chef who can tackle anything. In reality, I tend to stick to what's safe (sound familiar, per chance?).

So for this post, I decided to take the bull by the horns and attempt two desserts that have intimidated me for years... chocolate soufflé and tarte tatin.

I got so excited to try them, I actually made the chocolate souffle over the weekend (see photo above). And it wasn't anywhere near as hard as I thought... I LOVED HOW IT TURNED OUT. It was so rich and creamy and light and fluffy. And the best party is I felt so proud of myself! I will be posting the recipe later in the week.

This weekend I'm going to attempt a tarte tatin. I think they're so beautiful, and I hope mine look something like the ones I drool over on Pinterest.

And for the third dessert I want to try, I was hoping to get suggestions from you of a dessert you're a little intimidated to make, but think I should attempt. If you have a dessert like this, please leave it as a comment in this post or email me at jillian(at) catchmyparty.com. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Here's another picture of my souffles because I still can't believe I did it!

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