I won a gold medal with this recipe at the Armed Forces Culinary Olympics in March of 2007. Serve the souffles with fresh raspberry sauce, if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 ramekins
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Thoroughly grease the the bottom and sides of four ramekins with the tablespoon of butter. Coat with sugar, tipping out any excess. If desired, place a raspberry and a drizzle of chocolate as a "surprise" at the bottom of each cup.

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  • Combine the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and a tablespoon of the sugar; set aside. Mix the butter and flour to form a paste. Lightly whisk one egg yolk in a heatproof bowl.

  • Heat the milk to the boiling point in a heavy saucepan; whisk in the flour-butter mixture until it melts. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg yolk in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan and bring the custard to a simmer over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  • Cook and stir the custard until it thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stirring occasionally to keep it smooth. Combine the three remaining egg yolks with the vanilla, liqueur, and the sugar-cocoa-cornstarch mixture. Whisk in the warm custard, cover, and set aside. (The custard can be made ahead of time up to this point and refrigerated for a day before proceeding with the recipe.)

  • About 35 minutes before serving, whip the egg whites until they are thick and foamy and have quadrupled in volume. Gradually mix in the remaining 3 tablespoons of the sugar, whipping until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Fold 1/3 of the meringue into the custard to lighten it, using a whisk or rubber spatula. Fold in the remaining meringue.

  • Immediately transfer the souffle batter into the prepared ramekins, making a smooth mound slightly above the rim of each ramekin. (If you have a piping bag, you may pipe the mixture into the ramekins.) Bake at once in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the souffles have risen and the edges are set. Serve hot, with raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries to garnish, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 8.9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 42.1g 14% DV; fat 15.9g 24% DV; cholesterol 231.4mg 77% DV; sodium 146mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2008
This turned out wonderful. Not for the novice cook as you do have to juggle many tasks but that said this was my first souffle in years. It is a forgiving recipe. I roughly halved ingredients. I did not have chocolate liquor and used brandy instead. I made a small hole in the top and stuffed the souffles with the melted chocolate chips (I added a bit of butter to the chocolate chips and melted it in the microwave to help with consistency). Still fantastic. I watched several YouTube videos on how to make a souffle before attempting this- I would highly recommend doing this. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2010
I was so dissappointed! I was so excited to make this dessert and it was just a massive dissappointment. I have to say it was one of the easier souffle recipes I have done and they raised beautifully and were absolutely PERFECT consistency but the taste left much to be desired. The chocolate flavour was pretty much non-existent. I did not do the optional melted chocolate or rasberry in the bottom which I think would have made it better but these tasted way too eggy and not NEARLY chocolatey enough. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2008
This turned out wonderful. Not for the novice cook as you do have to juggle many tasks but that said this was my first souffle in years. It is a forgiving recipe. I roughly halved ingredients. I did not have chocolate liquor and used brandy instead. I made a small hole in the top and stuffed the souffles with the melted chocolate chips (I added a bit of butter to the chocolate chips and melted it in the microwave to help with consistency). Still fantastic. I watched several YouTube videos on how to make a souffle before attempting this- I would highly recommend doing this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! The only ingredients I altered about the recipe was that I substituted the quantity of milk with heavy cream. And for the gal who asked about what size ramekin: I have single serving ramekins (7oz) and was able to use this recipe for 4. The chocolate chips he noted as ''melted (optional)''; I used a bit of intuition that he meant for the drizzle of the raspberry at the bottom of the souffle. If he meant it like that or not I did it anyway and they came out very delicious! Bravo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
It would really help to know what size ramekins are needed. Also you never said what to do with the chocolate chips. I wonder if this recipe can be made in one large souffle dish and if so what size? Feb.10 Update...thanks for telling the ramekins size David's Chimpy! I also used a little intuition and removed "of the raspberry" from your statement about the chocolate chips to understand what you meant. I think you're correct and the melted chocolate chips are to be drizzled in the bottom of the ramekins along with the optional raspberry in each. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/01/2010
I was so dissappointed! I was so excited to make this dessert and it was just a massive dissappointment. I have to say it was one of the easier souffle recipes I have done and they raised beautifully and were absolutely PERFECT consistency but the taste left much to be desired. The chocolate flavour was pretty much non-existent. I did not do the optional melted chocolate or rasberry in the bottom which I think would have made it better but these tasted way too eggy and not NEARLY chocolatey enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
came out perfect they rose 3 centimeters out of the dish. Perfect texture and taste. I drizzled a chocolate and kahlua sauce on them with rasberries. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2011
The first souffle I've ever tried to make or taste this recipe turned out beautifully! The raspberries/chocolate in the bottom are a must - I don't think I would have cared much for it otherwise. Using whipping cream instead of milk was a great idea as well. In all honesty though - I like a chewy brownie better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
Absolutely delicious - excellent Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2011
I am an intermediate scratch baker. First stab at souffles and this was encouraging. They rose beautifully but then fell. I think they were overhanded because I put them in large ramekins but found I had to use smaller ones for four servings. I use the 3-ish inch ones that are maybe 1.5 inches tall for 4 servings. A bit too eggy and not enough chocolate for my taste. I would do a lot more choc chip ganache if I made again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
I did it... today I am officially a MASTER BAKER!! Great recipe and easier than I thought. Read More
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