Hot chocolate soufflés with their light, fluffy tops and deep, dark and satisfying chocolatey interior are the ultimate in impressive desserts to serve at dinner. Good dark chocolate and free-range eggs are all you need for some really decadent chocolate indulgence that will wow your guests.
Soufflés have a reputation for being tricky, but it is really just that they need beating together and baking at the last minute that can be a problem when you are planning a dinner party. Try them out at an informal supper when you want to spoil your friends and you will find that they are easier to make than you suspected and even more delicious.
Recipe for Chocolate Soufflé
Ingredients to serve four
110g / 4oz really good dark chocolate
4 egg yolks
6 egg whites at room temperature
cream and icing sugar to serve
Put a baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 200C / 400F.
Butter a 1.2 litre / 2 pint soufflé dish or four individual ramekins (250ml / 1 cup size)
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl over a saucepan of water that is just simmering. When the chocolate has melted, beat it until smooth.
Whisk the egg yolks well and stir them into the chocolate.
In a clean dry bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff.
Fold the egg whites gently, a little at a time, into the chocolate mixture with a metal spoon, so as not to lose any air.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared soufflé dish and bake on the heated baking sheet until the soufflé has puffed right up and is springy to the touch. This should take about 20 minutes for the large soufflé and 10-12 minutes for the individual ones.
Serve immediately, as they will collapse in a few minutes and not look nearly so impressive. You can dust them lightly with icing sugar and serve with a jug of pouring cream alongside to douse them with.
Other things you can add to your hot chocolate soufflé:
2 tablespoons of rum or
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur or
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
These should be mixed into the melted chocolate at the beginning of the recipe.
Not ready to attempt your own chocolate soufflés yet? Why not indulge your tastebuds by trying the wicked desserts at The Living Room restaurant in Nottingham.