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Chocolate Soufflé

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Ah, the chocolate soufflé – a dessert that whispers elegance and promises a journey of indulgence with every fluffy, rich bite. There’s something undeniably enchanting about diving into a well-crafted soufflé; it’s like unlocking a treasure chest of sensory pleasures.

A Dance of Flavors and Textures

One might ask, what makes chocolate soufflé such an enjoyable experience? Is it the delicate balance between the airy texture and the deep, intense flavor of quality chocolate that melts harmoniously in your mouth? Or perhaps it is the dramatic rise of the dessert as it transforms in the oven, promising a spectacle for both the eyes and the palate.

The Anticipation Builds

The excitement begins the moment you order a chocolate soufflé at a restaurant or decide to create one at home (even though we’re not delving into recipes today). There’s a suspenseful build-up, almost theatrical, as you wait for that majestic rise, hoping it reaches its full potential without collapsing too soon.

And then comes the moment of truth when the server presents the soufflé, or you take it out of the oven. Its flawless rise is a sight to behold, often accompanied by a light dusting of powdered sugar that adds to its glamour.

Cracking the Crown

The first spoonful is crucial. You crack through the crispy crust, an act that feels almost sacrilegious, revealing the molten heart within. With this gesture, you release clouds of steam carrying the intoxicating aroma of chocolate that fills the room, heightening the anticipation.

A Bite to Remember

Taking the first bite is a moment of pure bliss. The outside’s slightly crunchy texture gives way to an interior so soft and smooth, it could be mistaken for a cloud – if clouds were made of the richest, most decadent chocolate. Each mouthful is a mix of contrast and harmony, with the warm, voluptuous center balancing the tender, spongy exterior.

For the Love of Chocolate

The joy of a chocolate soufflé goes beyond taste. It’s a full emotional experience. After all, chocolate has been known to contain mood-boosting chemicals, creating a natural high that complements the physical pleasure of eating such a divine dessert.

Moreover, sharing a soufflé can be a bonding experience. It’s a dessert meant to be enjoyed freshly made, immediately shared, and slowly savored. It encourages conversation, laughter, and moments of connection over its fleeting perfection.

Conclusion: An Ode to Indulgence

In conclusion, while the charm of a chocolate soufflé may seem wrapped in its complex preparation and elegant presentation, its true magic lies in the simple joy it brings. It’s a timeless classic that celebrates the essence of chocolate and the art of dessert making – a confectionery ballet that dances its way into our hearts and leaves us longing for one more encore.

As we resist the urge to dive into the technicalities of creating this masterpiece, let’s instead pledge to pause and appreciate the sheer pleasure of savoring a perfectly made chocolate soufflé — because some delights in life deserve their moment in the spotlight, recipe aside.

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Chocolate Souffle

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8



  • For the Ramekins:
  • Softened unsalted butter for greasing the ramekins (approximately 3 tablespoons)
  • Granulated sugar for coating ramekins (approximately 3 tablespoons)
  • For the Soufflés:
  • 2 1/2 ounces about 1/4 cup; 70g heavy cream and/or whole milk
  • 1 3/4 ounces 68-71% dark chocolate chopped (about 1/3 cup; 50g)
  • 1 3/4 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped (about 1/3 cup; 50g)
  • 1 3/4 ounces 1/2 cup; 50g Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 ounces scant 1/2 cup; 100g water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whites from 8 large eggs straight from the fridge (8 3/4 ounces; 250g)
  • 3 1/2 ounces 1/2 cup; 100g granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt; for table salt use half as much by volume


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C) with the convection fan turned off and oven rack in center position. Liberally butter the interiors of eight 4-ounce ramekins, making sure to butter right up to the upper edge of the rim of each ramekin. Sugar the buttered insides evenly, tapping out excess, and set ramekins aside.
  • Place 2 1/2 cups water in a 3-quart sauce pan on the stove over medium heat. In a large, heat-proof bowl that will sit comfortably on the pot without toppling over or touching the water below, combine cream and/or milk, dark chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate. Whisk gently until chocolate is melted, cream and/or milk are fully incorporated, and a smooth ganache has formed.
  • Turn off heat, then carefully whisk in cocoa powder, water, and vanilla extract until smooth. Leave bowl atop pot of hot water, off the heat, to keep the ganache warm.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until they become foamy, about 20 seconds. Reduce mixer speed to medium and gradually add sugar and salt, then return to high speed and whisk the egg white mixture until firm, glossy, smooth peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • Using a silicone spatula, stir about 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate ganache until thoroughly incorporated, to lighten it. Then gently but thoroughly fold in the remaining egg whites, taking care not to deflate the mixture, until no visible whites remain. As soon as there are no more unincorporated whites, spoon soufflé mixture into prepared ramekins just to the top, then even the tops with an offset spatula.
  • Evenly space ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven for 12 minutes for soufflés that are wet on the inside, or 13 to 14 minutes for ones that are drier. The soufflés will have risen tall above the rims of the ramekins and look dry on top. Serve immediately.


To achieve the ideal level of richness, we prefer an equal mix of heavy cream and whole milk, but the recipe will work with one or the other (the richness will vary accordingly).
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