Thursday, May 8, 2008

Chocolate Souffles with Gooey Melting Choc Filling

Two weekends ago, I baked choc souffles with gooey yummy choc filling - creates a melt-in-the-mouth after effect. It was not that popular among my family members though - not as much as they enjoyed my other baked 'babies' :)

Herewith is the recipe:

1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch (corn flour)
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
Additional unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
5 large egg whites
3 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate
Powdered sugar, for dusting

To make the chocolate base:
1) Whisk the milk and 1/3 cup of the cocoa powder in a heavy based medium saucepan. Bring the chocolate milk to a simmer over a medium heat, stirring occasionally.

2) Meanwhile, using a whisk, beat the egg yolks and 1/3 cup of granulated sugar in a large bowl for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thick and light. Whisk in the flour and cornstarch to blend.

3) Gradually pour the simmering chocolate milk over the egg yolk mixture, whisking until smooth. Pour the chocolate custard back into the same saucepan.

4) Over a medium to low heat, continually whisk the custard for 4 minutes, or until it thickens and bubbles just begin to burst through the top of the custard. Transfer the custard to a clean mixing bowl.

5) Using an electric mixer, beat the custard on high speed for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it is thick and smooth and cools slightly. Cover the chocolate base with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.

6) To finish the soufflés: Preheat the oven to 190°C. Coat six 6-ounce soufflé dishes with butter and dust with cocoa powder to coat lightly. Tap out any excess cocoa.

7) Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in a large bowl just until medium stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the egg white mixture into the chocolate base (this will help lighten the base). Gently fold in the remaining egg white mixture.

8) Spoon enough of the mixture into the prepared soufflé cups to fill the cups halfway. Place the chopped chocolate in the center of each soufflé, dividing equally. Cover with the remaining soufflé mixture.

9) Place the soufflé dishes on a heavy large baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes or until soufflés have risen about 1 inch/2 1/2 cm above the dishes. Dust the soufflés with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Caution: It must be served hot - else the smell of the eggs might turn you 'off'.

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