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Chef John's Chocolate Souffle

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"These visually impressive individual chocolate soufflés are perfect for your special someone. If you're serving more people, the recipe should scale up just fine."
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39 m servings 376
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Brush bottom and sides of 2 (5-ounce) ramekins lightly with 1 teaspoon melted butter; cover bottom and sides right up to the rim. Add 1 tablespoon white sugar to ramekins. Rotate ramekins until sugar coats all surfaces. Pour off extra sugar.
  3. Place chocolate pieces in a metal mixing bowl. Place bowl over a pan of about 3 cups hot water over low heat. Do not let water boil or come to a simmer.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour. Whisk until flour is incorporated into butter and mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Whisk in cold milk until mixture becomes smooth and thickens, 2 or 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Transfer mixture to bowl with melted chocolate. Add salt and very small pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix together thoroughly. Add egg yolk and mix to combine. Leave bowl above the hot (not simmering) water to keep chocolate warm while you whip the egg whites.
  5. Place 2 egg whites in a mixing bowl; add cream of tartar. Whisk until mixture begins to thicken and a drizzle from the whisk stays on the surface about 1 second before disappearing into the mix, 2 or 3 minutes. Add 1/3 of sugar and whisk in. Whisk in a bit more sugar about 15 seconds; whisk in the rest of the sugar. Continue whisking until mixture is about as thick as shaving cream and holds soft peaks, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer a little less than half of egg whites to chocolate. Mix until egg whites are thoroughly incorporated into the chocolate, 1 or 2 minutes. Add the rest of the egg whites; gently fold into the chocolate with a spatula, lifting from the bottom and folding over. Stop mixing after the egg white disappears. Divide mixture between 2 prepared ramekins. Place ramekins on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until scuffles are puffed and have risen above the top of the rims, 12 to 15 minutes.


  • Chef's Note:
  • If you want to add some type of liquor to this, you can add it to the milk and flour mixture after you turn off the heat. Rum works beautifully, as does coffee, orange, or raspberry liqueur.
  • You can dust the souffles with a bit of cocoa powder just before serving, if you like.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 376 calories; 20.5 40.1 8.4 128 207 Full nutrition

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OMG I made souffle!!! It was delicious and amazing and I made souffle!

I made these as the directions state but for a party of six. They were fantastic! I was very careful not to over mix the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, and as a result I think I under mi...

I ate them both!

I did not have the 70% dark chocolate so used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. I also used a wheat free flour mix for the flour. It was a fun desert to make, and my husband and I loved it! W...

Superb recipe. I topped it with creme anglaise and it was excellent. Some tips; The flour, butter and milk mixture will be almost a thick batter, don't worry, this is correct! Fill your ramek...

I can't believe I did it! I followed the recipe exactly and it worked perfectly. Next time I will not hesitate to make it for company.

This is the first time I have ever attempted a soufflé, and it worked beautifully! My ramekins are 8 oz, so I made 150% the recipe and it made precisely what I needed to fill both ramekins up to...

oh i loved this the only thing i did different was i added espresso powder with some milk and used that to make my rue so amazing

First time eating and making a souffle. Followed the directions exactly and it was divine. Would definitely make it again for a special occasion.