Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is a real treat, particularly when made with the cream. It's not as fussy a recipe as it seems. Make them once and your family will want them over and over again. Also, if you're a small family note that this recipe is easily cut in half.
- 1⁄4 cup cocoa
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup whipping cream or 1 cup evaporated skim milk
- 1 tablespoon Kahlua
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine cocoa and cornstarch thoroughly.
- Add a little of the cream and whisk to make a smooth paste.
- Whisk in remaining cream and the liqueur.
- I have made this with Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Chambord and brandy-- they're all good.
- If you use the evaporated milk instead of cream, expect the mixture to be pretty soupy.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites until almost stiff.
- Slowly beat in sugar and beat until stiff and glossy.
- Now gently whisk a quarter of the egg whites into the cocoa mixture.
- Gently fold in another quarter.
- Now add all this mixture into the remainder of the egg whites and gently fold until well blended.
- Spoon the souffle batter into 6-to-8 1/2-cup sized custard cups.
- The volume you get will depend on how well you beat the egg whites and if you folded them into the cocoa mixture without deflating them too much.
- Don't worry, even if you only get 6 they will be wonderful.
- Set custard cups into a deep baking pan and carry this to the oven.
- Open oven, pull out rack, and set down pan.
- Now pour very hot tap water in the baking pan to come up about one-inch around the outside of the custard cups.
- (I do it this way so I don't have to carry the pan with the souffles and water to the oven-- it's heavy and you risk sloshing water into your souffles.) Slide in oven rack, close oven door and bake for 25 minutes.
- The centres will be a little runny, as they should be.
- Serve immediately.
My family loved this recipe. This was the first time I ever made souffles, I couldn't believe how easy it was. Thanks Lennie
I made the lower fat version using evaporated skim milk and a half batch of four souffles. If I were to do this again, I would use 3 egg whites to make up for the loss of body from not using heavy cream. The recipe is remarkably easy and certain worth trying.