chocolate souffle

the classic and elegant chocolate souffle. do not be threatened just because of the fancy french name and the acute accent on top on the “e”. in fact, it’s easier to make than you think. but we do admit that making a souffle is a bit finicky. there’s less room for error compared to other desserts. but once perfected, it’s the best thing you’ll ever put in your mouth (well, for some of you).

most of the time you can get away with not having the oven preheated to the desired temp. but not with the souffle, it must be hot and ready when you put it in the oven… very crucial.

serves 2

heavy cream 75 ml
milk 50 ml
eggs 2
sugar 2 tbsp
flour 1 1/2 tsp
cornstarch 3/4 tsp
chocolate powder 4 tsp,  and 1 spoon extra for coating each ramekins
butter, for greasing ramekins

  • preheat oven 400 F (200 C)
  • butter inside of the ramekins
  • pour a spoon of chocolate powder into the ramekins, coating the inside evenly
  • put the ramekins into the fridge

making the custard

  • separate the egg yolks from the egg whites into two bowls (save the egg whites for the meringue)
  • add 1 tablespoon of sugar, flour, cornstarch, and chocolate powder to the egg yolks, whip until everything is completely dissolved
  • combine the milk and cream in a pot, cook on medium high heat and bring to a quick boil only
  • slowly drizzle the warmed dairy to the bowl of egg yolks, while mixing at the same time
  • transfer entire mixture back into the pot
  • heat mixture on medium heat and whisk continuously until thicken, but still moist, like wet dough
  • set aside

making the meringue

  • use a stand mixer (or hand mixer) to whip the egg whites, use highest setting
  • while egg whites are being whipped, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, a little at a time
  • meringue is done when volume has increased substantially and looks like fluffy white snow. you can see peaks at the tip of the mixer, about 2-3 min

combining the two

  • pour 1/3 of the meringue into the custard, beat violently
  • pour the other 2/3 and fold gently, do not over mix

baking

  • take the cooled ramekins from the fridge
  • scoop the mixture into the ramekins halfway
  • pound the ramekins on the counter several times to settle the mixture evenly, use a towel underneath
  • scoop the remaining mixture to fill the ramekins, up to the brim
  • smooth the top with a knife or a flat surface
  • use your thumb and sweep around the top rim of the ramekins, leaving a tiny gully or trench
  • place the ramekins in the oven and bake for 11 min
  • dust with powdered sugar (optional)
butter and line the ramekins with chocolate powder

coat the ramekins with butter and chocolate powder

separate the yolks and the whites

separate the yolks and the whites

pour the warm cream and milk mixture into the egg yolk and sugar mixture

pour the warmed dairy slowly into the egg yolk and sugar mixture

reduce the souffle mixture

reduce the mixture to mud-like consistency

meringue

meringue, light and airy, with peaks

whisk half of the meringue into the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the remaining half

whisk half of the meringue into the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the remaining half

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pound the half-filled ramekin to settle the mixture evenly

use your thumb to make some room along the edge of the ramekin for the souffle to rise

use your thumb to make a trench along the rim of the ramekin, this allows the souffle to rise

patiently wait for around 10 min

patiently wait for around 10 min

look how much they have risen!

it doubled in height!

commentaries

priscilla:

i love souffle and making souffle! it is a lovely dessert for couples to make. jun and i are always responsible for our own parts and we work together to make the perfect souffle.

this silly guy looking at the souffle to rise

this silly guy looking at the souffle rising

jun:

i also like making souffles as a couple. first, it’s less work, and second, it’s more fun. i usually do the egg part while she does the dairy part.
we’ve made many variations of the souffle, such as green tea, coffee, coconut, vanilla. you just substitute the ingredient with one that is similar in texture/consistency. for example, substitute the chocolate powder with green tea matcha powder or substitute milk for coconut milk.

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