Prep 35 mins
Cook 17 mins
I have tried other recipes and had my souffle fall. This one worked perfectly, I actually went and got one of my dinner party guests as soon as I took them out of the oven and said "holy cow it actually worked". They rose beautifully. So much for the berry coulis I had planned to put in the sunken middle :) I got this from Cooks Illustrated and wanted to share because it worked so well.
- 1 -3 tablespoon softened butter (for coating ramekins)
- 1 -3 tablespoon unbleached cane sugar (for coating ramekins)
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in 1-inch chunks
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon Creme de Cacao
- 1⁄3 cup unbleached cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons unbleached cane sugar
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 8 large egg whites
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Butter (8) 1 cup ramekins, then coat evenly with sugar.
- Shake out excess sugar and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
- Melt 4 tbsp butter and the chocolate in a double boiler.
- Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, salt, and creme de cacao.
- Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tbsp water and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat.
- In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks on medium speed, slowly drizzle in the sugar syrup.
- Continue to beat until yolks are thick and pale yellow (3-5 minutes).
- Fold egg yolks into the chocolate along with the orange zest.
- Using clean beaters, beat the egg whites in a metal bowl, medium speed, for 30 seconds.
- Add the cream of tartar, then gradually add 3 TBSP sugar.
- Beat until the whites hold a 2" peak and are glossy.
- Take 1/4 of the egg whites and energetically stir them into the chocolate mixture.
- Gently fold in the remainder of the whites until just incorporated.
- Fill each ramekin almost to the rim.
- Wipe any filling from the rim with a wet paper towel.
- Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and freeze until firm: at least 3 hours / up to 2 days.
- Place oven rack in the middle, preheat oven to 400°F.
- Remove souffles directly from freezer, uncover, and bake until risen: 16-18 minutes.
- Do not thaw the souffle, as it will not rise properly.
- Be careful not to overbake it.