Prep 40 mins
Cook 30 mins
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis' Giandua Souffle. I added some extra hazelnut flavor and mixed milk and dark chocolates to create what I feel to be richer flavor than the original recipe. Don't be afraid of the dreaded souffle - this one is easy and elegant.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons hazelnut-flavored liqueur (I recommend Frangelico)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ounces dark chocolate (high quality)
- 6 ounces milk chocolate (high quality)
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Butter and sugar 6 ramekins.
- Heat the butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, hazelnut liqueur, and vanilla in a double boiler over medium heat until the butter melts.
- Remove mixture from heat, add the dark chocolate, and let it sit until melted, about 3 minutes.
- Place mixture in the freezer for 10 minutes to allow it to set.
- Use a spoon to form mixture into 6 even balls. Reserve in the refrigerator.
- Place flour in a double boiler and slowly whisk in the milk.
- Add salt.
- Whisk mixture over heat until thick, about 5 minutes.
- Add yolk and continue to mix constantly until it is about the consistency of mayonnaise.
- Remove from heat and add chocolate, allowing it to melt.
- Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl and whip with a hand mixer until they form soft peaks.
- Gradually add remaining sugar and whip until hard peaks are formed.
- Fold egg whites into warm chocolate mixture.
- Place ball of chocolate filling in each ramekin.
- Fill each ramekin to the brim with souffle mixture. (At this point, they can be covered and refrigerated for up to two days.).
- Place ramekins in a water bath and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes (40 if refrigerated).
- Serve immediately.