Thursday, August 28, 2008

Food For Thought Thursday: Chocolate Souffle

There are some days when only something deeply and decadently chocolate will do. It's been raining since Tuesday night and people, today is one of those days. Now, I've never made chocolate souffles, but I've heard they are notoriously difficult but so worth the trouble. Aran at Cannelle-Vanille has a great recipe. While you're in the baking mood, be sure to check out her other recipes.

Chocolate Souffle
130 grams cocoa powder
350 ml water
1 vanilla bean, split
40 grams 70% chocolate, grated
70 grams egg whites
pinch of salt
75 grams sugar

10 grams sugar
20 grams 70% chocolate, grated
softened butter

Brush softened butter over all sides of the ramekins you are going to use. Make sure you brush applying vertical strokes. This will allow the souffle to rise straight up nicely. Mix the grated chocolate and sugar and pour into one ramekin. Turn so all sides are coated with this mixture and dump the excess into the next ramekin. Once they are all coated, refrigerate them until ready to use.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and the vanilla to a boil. Turn heat off and let it steep for 5 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve it for another use. Return the pan to the heat and bring to another boil. Add half of the cocoa powder into the boiling water and whisk constantly until all the cocoa has been absorbed. Add the rest and whisk constantly for about 3 minutes or until it thickens. Remove from heat and transfer the cocoa paste into a large bowl.

In the meantime, whip the egg whites with the pinch of salt. When they are almost fully whipped, add the sugar slowly, in batches. Let the meringue whip to semi stiff peaks.

Add the meringue into the warm cocoa paste and fold gently until no more white streaks are showing. Fold in the grated chocolate.

Spoon the souffle batter into the ramekins. Fill to the top. Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven until they rise. The time will depend on the size of your ramekins. Serve immediately.


Teal Chic said...

Yum...sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

Dawn said...

Doesn't it sound heavenly? Maybe I'll give it a whirl over the long weekend. Thanks for stopping by, TC:)

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