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Chocolate Souffle with Ginger Caramel Sauce- Happy Valentines Day!

Posted by chefmax on February 13, 2010

Chocolate Souffle

Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 45 min

Servings: Makes 2 to 4 servings.


1/3 cup sugar plus additional for sprinkling

5 oz bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

3 large egg yolks at room temperature

6 large egg whites

Accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream

Special equipment: a 5 1/2- to 6-cup glass or ceramic soufflé dish


Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter soufflé dish and sprinkle with sugar, knocking out excess.

Melt chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove bowl from heat and stir in yolks (mixture will stiffen).

Beat whites with a pinch of salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until they just hold soft peaks. Add 1/3 cup sugar, a little at a time, continuing to beat at medium speed, then beat at high speed until whites just hold stiff peaks. Stir about 1 cup whites into chocolate mixture to lighten, then add mixture to remaining whites, folding gently but thoroughly.

Spoon into soufflé dish and run the end of your thumb around inside edge of soufflé dish (this will help soufflé rise evenly). Bake in middle of oven until puffed and crusted on top but still jiggly in center, 24 to 26 minutes. Serve immediately.


• Soufflé can be assembled up to 30 minutes before baking. Keep, covered with an inverted large bowl (do not let bowl touch soufflé), at room temperature.

Gingered Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. corn syrup
  • ½ cup cream
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup crème fraiche
  • 1 tsp. gratedGinger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


1. Stir sugar, water and corn syrup in saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber.

2. Remove from heat and whisk in cream, butter and then crème fraiche.  Add ginger, vanilla and salt.  Serve hot.  Can be made ahead and reheated before serving.


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