A souffle is the true test of any baker. They can be difficult for even the most experienced chef. Souffles are basically a light cake that puff up at the end of the baking process. If you aggravate them too much, they will deflate. A truly perfectly baked souffle will stay risen for about 5 minutes, just long enough to sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it.
This article features a chocolate souffle recipe that is flavored with a hint of orange zest. It is a truly delicious and beautiful dessert that, when made correctly, will impress anyone who gets to devour it.
A chocolate souffle is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner or any special occasion meal. Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous. You may surprise yourself. Good luck and happy souffle-ing!
Chocolate Souffle Ingredients
Generously butter eight 1/3 cup ramekins.
Preheat the oven to 425°.
Sprinkle each with a little cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
Place the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat. Be careful not to cook it too fast or get it too hot.
Whisk in the egg yolks and orange liqueur.
Beat the egg whites in a separate clean, grease-free bowl until frothy.
With the beater running, add the cream of tartar and gradually sprinkle in the sugar.
Continue beating until the whites are glossy and stiff.
Stir spoonfuls of the whites into the gourmet chocolate mixture and fold them together, being careful not to deflate the whites.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes just to the brim; don't overfill or the souffles will fall over the ramekins and burn on the baking sheet. (At this point, the dishes can sit up to 1 hour at room temperature before baking).
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until risen and set, but still slightly soft and jiggly in the center.
Dust with powdered sugar, sprinkle with orange zest, and serve immediately.
Makes 8 chocolate souffles.
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