Chocolate Soufflés

Chocolate Souffles

Leavened with luscious meringue, these Chocolate Soufflés are the epitome of sweet science. Combining the lightness of a mousse with the crisp, sugared crust of a cake, one spoonful of this dessert offers the intersection between two wondrous textures. Rich with chocolate, this dreamy delight’s perfect accompaniment is a final cloud of whipped cream.

Chocolate Soufflés
 
Makes 6 soufflés
Ingredients
  • 11 tablespoons (154 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature and divided
  • 10 tablespoons (120 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 10 ounces (276 grams) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 5 large eggs (250 grams), separated and room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (16 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush 6 straight-sided 6-ounce ramekins with 2 tablespoons (28 grams) butter. Spoon 2 tablespoons (24 grams) sugar into ramekins (about 1 teaspoon or 4 grams each), and rotate so ramekins are fully coated in sugar. Pour out any loose sugar, giving ramekins a firm tap with the base of your hand to make sure there is no loose sugar. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In the top of a double boiler, combine chocolate and remaining 9 tablespoons (126 grams) butter. Cook over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, and whisk in 2½ tablespoons (30 grams) sugar until well combined. Whisk in egg yolks, flour, and vanilla.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt at medium-high speed until soft peaks begin to form. Add remaining 5½ tablespoons (66 grams) sugar, 1 teaspoon (4 grams) at a time, beating until glossy stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a balloon whisk, fold one-third of egg white mixture into chocolate mixture until mostly combined but a few white streaks remain. Using a spatula, gently fold in remaining egg white mixture in two additions just until combined and no white streaks remain. (Be careful not to overmix.) Carefully spoon mixture into prepared ramekins (about 110 grams each).
  5. Bake until soufflés have risen past rim of ramekins and have flat tops, 15 to 18 minutes. Serve immediately with Sweetened Whipped Cream.

Sweetened Whipped Cream
 
Makes about 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups (360 grams) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream and sugar at medium-high speed until medium-soft peaks form. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

 

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