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Inaugural Post: National Chocolate Soufflé Day

February 28, 2012

What better day to launch my new blog than National Chocolate Soufflé Day?  The format of the blog is still a work in progress but I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share one of my favorite dessert recipes.  Making a soufflé may seem like a daunting task but they aren’t that difficult and it’s an impressive sight when you take them out of the oven.  I guarantee you will feel like a culinary rockstar when you take a perfectly risen soufflé out of the oven.

My Mom tore this recipe out of Bon Appétit magazine years ago and gave it to me when she was doing some house cleaning.  I made these for my then boyfriend (now husband – coincidence?) for a special dinner and they were delicious.  I served these soufflés again over Christmas so my Mom could finally try them.  Needless to say, she was a fan!

Chocolate-Amaretto Souffles

This recipe relies on amaretto cookies and amaretto liquor for the flavor.  Crushed amaretto cookies not only provide flavor but some texture while you enjoy the light as a cloud soufflés.  If you’ve never had amaretto cookies, please go to the store immediately because they are delicious!  I like Lazaronni brand but use whatever brand is available because they can be tricky to find sometimes.  If you are planning ahead, Lazaronni cookies are available online.

I will give you my thoughts on using high quality ingredients in another post but PLEASE use a good semisweet chocolate (I use Scharfenberger whenever I can; Ghirardelli baking chocolate is also good).  Same goes for the extracts (I like Nielsen-Massey or Penzeys).

You will need ramekins or other small, oven-safe dishes to make individual  soufflés.  If you aren’t using a ramekin or  soufflé dish, make sure the dish has straight sides to the  soufflé rises properly.  I like Apilco ramekins which you can buy here.

This is a last minute dessert so make it with close friends or loved ones so you don’t feel bad disappearing for a few minutes to whip up dessert.  You can chop the chocolate and crush the cookies ahead of time to cut down on last minute prep time.

So, enjoy…and have a wonderful Chocolate Soufflé Day!

Chocolate-Amaretto Soufflés
Courtesy of Bon Appétit magazine

1 cup chilled whipping cream, divided
3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur, divided
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
5 large egg whites
3 tablespoons sugar plus extra for dusting
6 tablespoons crushed amaretti cookies
powdered sugar (optional)
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F.  Butter six 3/4-cup soufflé dishes and dust with sugar.  Place on a baking sheet.  Using a KitchenAid mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a handheld mixer, whip 1/2 cup cream with 1 tablespoon amaretto until soft peaks form.  Refrigerate.
Stir remaining 1/2 cup cream and chocolate in a heatproof bowl (or double boiler) set over a saucepan with simmering water until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  Remove bowl from the simmering water.  Whisk egg yolks into the chocolate mixture, one at a time, blending well after each addition.  Whisk in 2 tablespoons amaretto and both extracts.
Using KitchenAid mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a handheld mixer, beat egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form.  Gradually add 3 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff but not dry.  Fold whites into the chocolate mixture in two additions.  Do not overmix!  Spoon batter into each soufflé dish, filling halfway.  Sprinkle each with 1/2 tablespoon amaretti cookies.  Top with remaining soufflé batter.  Sprinkle each with 1/2 tablespoon amaretti cookies.
Bake soufflés until puffed and set, about 13 minutes.  Dust each with powdered sugar.  Accompany soufflés with amaretto whipped cream.  Serve immediately.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 3:04 pm

    This looks so yummy! I cant wait to try it myself!

  2. Jane Rupert permalink
    March 8, 2012 9:03 am

    Glad you’re back at this sissie! I think you should know that I’ve used quite a few recipes from your recipe site and they have all been delicious! That chickpea dish was pretty rad and super easy. Can’t wait to keep up with your shenanigans!!

  3. March 9, 2012 10:27 am

    The souffle is delicious and makes me wish I hadn’t given up chocolate for lent. Now have the recipe for Easter dessert. I usually begin my menus with dessert, anyway.
    Congratulations on another new chapter…uh, blog
    Love, the Mom

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