Chocolate Souffle

My first ever chocolate souffle- and definitely not my last!

A couple of days ago I made my first ever (cheese) souffle, and it was so fun and so delicious, I knew I had to make another! With a little encouragement from a couple of my BFF’s, I also knew my next one had to be CHOCOLATE! I only wished they were closer so they could have had some!! (Curse you Atlantic Ocean!)

Anyway, what surprised me most about the chocolate souffle was how EASY it was compared to the cheese one! The cheese souffle required a lot more little steps, and concentration, and 45 mins of me twiddling my thumbs wondering if it was going to rise… all I did with this one was melt some chocolate, whip up some egg whites, combine and cook for 16 minutes! So simple. So elegant. So utterly and totally DIVINE! This may be my new all-time favourite dessert! Here’s the recipe, from Bon Appetit:

Ingredients:
12 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 large egg yolks
Pinch of salt
6 large egg whites, room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:
1. Butter eight 3/4-cup soufflé dishes; sprinkle with sugar, tilting cups to coat completely and tapping out any excess. Arrange prepared soufflé dishes on large baking sheet.

2. Combine chocolate and cream in large metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth

3. Remove bowl from over water. Stir egg yolks and salt into chocolate mixture. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, beating until semi-firm peaks form. Using rubber spatula, fold 1/4 of beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten. Fold remaining egg whites into chocolate mixture in 2 additions.

4. Divide chocolate mixture among prepared soufflé dishes, filling dishes completely.

5.Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F. Bake soufflés on baking sheet until puffed and tops feel firm, about 16 minutes. And you’re done!! Simple enough, right?!

This was maybe one of the funnest things I have ever cooked! I made them for my husband’s family, and we were all round the oven peeking in to see if they’d rise… and sure enough they did! YAY! That’s a good feeling! Then we covered them in whipping cream and ate them right out of the oven. EVERYONE LOVED THEM! They looked cool, they tasted amazing… and they were just fun to make (from snacking on the lindt chocolate, to watching them grow in the oven)! Don’t be afraid of souffles… you can make this too! ;-)