Sunken Chocolate Souffle

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 30 mins

In the UK there is a television program where amateur chefs cook their best recipes, it is called Master Chef and it is a contest. This recipe is from a 1994 program and I wrote it down whilst watching it. Made this many times and is always successful. This is a dark and moist/squidgey chocolate dessert. You must use a really good quality chocolate for this, meaning that it is high in cacao solids approx 75 % it is very rich so serve small portions. Besides the creme fraiche the souffle was served with a mix of berry fruits mixed with a few tablespoons of brandy and some sugar, this mix was left to marinate for a few hours. It freezes well for up to 1 month and can be made 2 days in advance. You can use a different liqueur like Amaretto or go for a brandy or Armagnac, whatever you choose use the same to flavor the creme fraiche. Sorry, this time I did not convert the amounts and you will have to weigh the ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease and line an 8-inch spring form pan with non-stick baking paper.
  3. Melt the chocolate with the butter over a pan of hot, not boiling, water, then mix in the liqueur and set aside.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and the sugar until pale and creamy, approx 5/6 minutes, mix this with the melted chocolate mixture.
  5. In a very clean bowl, with very clean beaters, beat the egg whites until the they form soft peaks, not stiff dry peaks, start your mixer beating slow and gradually speed it up.
  6. Add a few tablespoons egg white to the chocolate mix, folding it in carefully to lighten the mixture first before you fold in the rest.
  7. Put this in the prepared tin and bake for approx 30 minutes, use your own judgment and give it a few minutes more if you think it needs it because every oven is different, there is a good chance you will see some cracks in the top appearing, do not worry.
  8. Take it out of the oven, it should be well risen by now, the center should feel springy to the touch.
  9. Let it cool completely in the tin, and yes, you will see your creation sink, and sink!
  10. Take out of the tin, if you prefer leave the bottom and only remove the outer ring of the springform tin, peel off the paper, cover and chill until needed.
  11. Mix the crème fraiche with the liqueur, chill until needed (Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving).
  12. To serve: cut in wedges, serve dusted with cacao or icing/powdered sugar, some of the berry mix (if using) and the crème fraiche.


Most Helpful

this is more like a flourless chocolate torte to me. i made this twice. the first time my springform pan leaked and what was left in it didn't rise. the second time i wrapped the outside of the pan with tin foil. this still didn't rise or sink, but the taste was incredible! dense creamy rich! everyone at work was asking for the recipe.

chia September 17, 2003

Pets this was very good and so rich. Very easy to make. This would be good with ice cream on top too instead of Whipped Cream. I had to use rum extract as I kept forgetting to buy some Frand Marnier. It was very tasty and next time I will use the Grand Marnier. Thanks for a great recipe.

Shari2 July 05, 2003

This was the best!! Great for those with flour allergies! Creamy Creamy Creamy Oh did I say Creamy! Don`t forget RICH!

Rita~ January 26, 2003

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