A warm, fudgey, melt in your mouth, cup of chocolate heaven. I’m not sure if I’ve ever tasted a soufflé before and I know I’ve never made one, so as far as I’m concerned, these came out superb. They may look a little flat, but what they lack in appearance, they make up for in taste. I made them for my mom and of course, I had to eat one, too. Actually, I ate three. What can I say, it was necessary for the photograph.
Look, someone had to do it or else you wouldn’t know what three empty ramekins looked like photographed from above. Okay, I can see it on your face, you’re not buying my reasoning. Well, how about this one. They were just so dang good, I couldn’t stop myself. (Don’t judge me.)
Here’s the recipe if you need a little chocolate comfort.
Individual Chocolate Soufflés
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon powdered instant coffee
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease and sugar eight 6-ounce ramekins.
- In large mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Scald milk. Remove from heat and add powdered coffee, stirring until dissolved.
- Stir together flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add alternately with milk mixture to butter mixture. Beat 1 minute on medium.
- Divide batter evenly among ramekins.
- Place ramekins in 2 8-inch square pans. Pour hot water in bottom of pans to 1/8 inch deep and place pans in oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove pans from oven and let ramekins stand in water for 5 minutes.
- Remove ramekins from water and let cool slightly.
- You can serve in dish or invert onto dessert plates.
- For topping: beat whipping cream and powdered sugar in small mixing bowl until stiff and spoon onto warm soufflés.
Recipe from Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook, 1993.
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Now, after doing some research, I realized that the above recipe is not what you would consider a traditional soufflé. One that uses egg whites to obtain that desired height above the ramekin.
So, I made soufflés “the real way!”
Here’s the second recipe I tried. I wrapped one of the ramekins in parchment paper per some suggestions on the web. YAY!!! I made it rise above the rim. Again, YAY!!!!! However, the ones without the paper looked like my first batch. Makes me wonder if those would have risen if I had used the paper with them, too. I guess you know what that means. More chocolate soufflés in my future. Oh, how I suffer.
Easy way or real way, both ways really were delicious. Extremely delicious actually. So good that I don’t know which way I liked better. I’m almost afraid to try these by someone who really knows what they are doing… I might not be able to handle it. (But, I’ll try.)