soft focus of chocolate souffle

The cold and soggy weather always makes me want to stay indoors and cook comfort food.  I can think of nothing better than a nice rich, chocolate soufflé and with my recipe you can prepare it an hour in advance, which makes it far easier to serve up at dinner parties and indeed when you are needing to feed hungry children, who are too young to understand that some recipes take time.

 

Recipe for 6 soufflés

ingredients  

175g good quality dark chocolate

150g unsalted butter

4 free range eggs, separated

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

45g caster sugar

1 tbsp orange liqueur

cocoa powder for dusting

 Sauce ingredients

90 ml double cream

1 tbsp orange liqueur

Zest of a small orange

75g dark chocolate

method

preheat the oven to 220oC, 425oF, Gas Mark 7

  1. generously butter six 150 ml ovenproof pots. You can use ovenproof mugs, cups or the traditional ramekin.
  2. dust the greased pots with cocoa powder, and tap out any excess.
  3. melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a simmering pan of water; stir until smooth
  4. remove the melted chocolate from the heat and cool slightly
  5. now beat the egg yolks and liqueur
  6. set aside and stir occasionally
  7. in a clean, grease free bowl, whisk the egg whites.  Add the cream of tartar and whisk to soft peaks.
  8. Gradually sprinkle the sugar over the egg whites , whisking until stiff and glossy
  9. Stir a third of the egg whites into the cooled chocolate mixture, then pour the incorporated chocolate mixture over the egg whites and fold in carefully.
  10. Spoon into the prepared dishes
  11. bake for 10-12 minutes, until well risen
  12. Whilst the soufflé’s bake , place the cream, orange zest and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat stir in the liqueur and pour into a jug ready for pouring over the soufflé’s when ready.
  13. Enjoy the chocolate orange soufflé’s straight out of the oven when they are well risen.

 

Who says the cold weather is a bad thing?  It’s certain that cold and wet weather looks infinitely better with a chocolate pudding in your hand.