Chocolate Soufflés

recipe
PREP AND COOK TIME: 30 minutes

Yield:

Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Sunset

Nutritional Information

Calories 363
Caloriesfromfat 50 %
Protein 9.5 g
Fat 20 g
Satfat 9.6 g
Carbohydrate 44 g
Fiber 1 g
Sodium 68 mg
Cholesterol 213 mg

Ingredients

1 cup chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (6 oz.)
2 tablespoons milk or whipping cream
4 large eggs, separated
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar
Sweetened whipped cream

Preparation

1. Lightly butter four ramekins (2/3-cup size, deep or shallow). Set ramekins in a shallow, 10- by 15-inch baking pan.

2. Combine chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; heat at full power (100%) in a microwave oven at 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted and smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute total. Let stand.

3. In a large bowl, with a mixer at high speed, whip egg whites until they form a dense foam, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of the sugar and beat until whites hold short, distinct peaks, 1 to 4 minutes. Scrape into another bowl.

4. In mixer bowl, whip egg yolks at high speed until they begin to thicken, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until yolks are very thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add melted chocolate and beat until well blended.

5. Add about a third of the egg whites to egg yolk and chocolate mixture, and beat slowly to mix well. Fold in remaining whites until fairly well incorporated.

6. Scoop soufflé mixture equally into ramekins; mixture can mound above rims, but make sure it's not dripping over edges.

7. Bake in a 375° oven until soufflés are puffy and dry on the surface, about 8 minutes for very soft centers, 10 minutes for creamy centers, and 12 minutes for firm centers.

8. Transfer ramekins to plates and rub powdered sugar through a fine sieve onto soufflés. Offer whipped cream to top soufflés.

February 2005
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