|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: Makes 6 Individual (6 Servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||47%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The best first French recipe to learn must be a simple chocolate soufflé. The soufflé is a magical, airy, delicious, and complex confection that perfectly rounds out any meal. Served fresh out of the oven, it delights young children and will definitely impress your dinner guests.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding making a soufflé, mainly that it is difficult; it isn't. They are in fact very easy to make by following a few simple techniques and a good recipe, like this one.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter 6 individual soufflé ramekins and sprinkle with sugar; set aside.
Melt chocolate pieces in a metal bowl over barely simmering water, continuously stirring. (Even a small amount of overheated chocolate will ruin an entire recipe.) Once the chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from heat and stir in the egg yolks.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with salt on medium-high speed until they hold soft glossy peaks. Continue beating egg whites on high speed, gradually adding the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, until the egg whites hold stiff glossy peaks.
Gently stir 1/3 of the eggs whites into the chocolate mixture, then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites. The chocolate mixture should be light and bubbly and even colored, without egg white streaks.
Spoon your soufflé mixture into the prepared ramekins and allow to rest for up to 30 minutes or bake right away for 12 to 15 minutes (slightly longer at high altitudes) until risen with a crusty exterior. Serve with a dusting of cocoa or powdered sugar if desired.
Tips for Making the Perfect Soufflé
A soufflé should be assembled as quickly as possible. So, before you start preparing your souffle, weigh up and measure out all your ingredients, doing this will speed up the preparation time.
Egg whites will not rise if the bowl or utensils you use are greasy. So, make sure all the equipment you are using is clean and grease free.
All ingredients, particularly the eggs, need to be room temperature. Do not use cold eggs.
Prepare your soufflé dishes, either large or individual ones by greasing them before you start making the soufflé mixture; this once again speeds up the whole process.