Rise to the occasion with homemade chocolate Soufflé

By Eat More Chocolate Team      

April 16, 2015

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As Valentine's Day draws near, the romantically inclined among you are officially in full-on scheming mode.

You could partake in a heavy, pricey, pre fixed meal with one hundred other canoodling strangers at the city's "most romantic" restaurant - or you could go the trés romantique route and woo your beloved the homemade way.

For dessert, might we propose a soufflé?

Jacques Capsouto, owner of soufflé-centric French bistro Capsouto Frères, is here to deflate the myth of soufflés as kitchen catastrophe. All that's required is a little heart, a soupçon of practice time, a foolproof recipe and someone to share it all with.

  • Yields: 6 Servings



Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a bowl, combine the chocolate mixture with two dashes of Grand Marnier. Add a dash of liqueur in each ramekin.

In another bowl with a mixer, add egg whites and cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Add confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat.

Add 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then gently and quickly fold the next third and then the last third.

Divide evenly into the six ramekins; tap on the counter to settle and wipe off excess.

Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes until puffed and golden. (Do not open the oven while the soufflés are cooking.) Serve immediately.

At the table, gently pierce the top of soufflé, pour in some of the chocolate sauce and top with crème Chantilly.

Chocolate Mixture

In a pot, bring sugar and water to a boil; allow to cool.

Sift cocoa powder into syrup mixture.

Add melted butter, vanilla and salt; stir.

Chocolate Sauce

Melt chocolate with butter in double boiler.

In a separate pot, bring milk, cream and sugar to a boil.

Whisk milk, cream and sugar mixture into chocolate; slowly incorporate each amount before adding more.

Crème Chantilly

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl; beat until thick, either by hand or with a mixer. Do not overbeat. Sugar and vanilla may be adjusted according to taste.


8 dashes Grand Marnier or orange liqueur

6 four-inch ramekins, buttered and sugared

16 egg whites (2 cups)

Dash of cream of tartar or salt

6 Tbsp confectioners' sugar

Chocolate Mixture

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup cocoa powder (extra bitter)

3/4 Tbsp butter (melted)

Vanilla extract

Salt (couple of pinches)

Chocolate sauce

1/2 lb bittersweet chocolate

1 Tbsp butter

1 cup milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar

Crème Chantilly

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp sugar

1 dash pure vanilla extract