Chocolate Souffle

chocolate-souffle2jpgI have posted a good number of simple, easy recipes – now comes time to add one that may not be the easiest, but most definitely one of the most popular, because it is soooo delicious! I think everyone loves chocolate souffle – but most people are not adventurous enough to try to make it. This recipe is the easiest I found and each time I made it, it turned out. Just remember – it is true – do not open the oven door, do not slam or let anyone slam your kitchen door and breathe slowly as you take the souffle out of the oven. And I don’t need to add that you should not put it into draft – like in front of open window, or into a path of running children – until it is cooled down. Good luck with it and I am anxiously awaiting any feedback you can give me!

Chocolate Souflle:

1/4 cup of butter

1/4 cup of flour

few grains of salt

1-1/2 cups of milk

2 squares of unsweetened chocolate , melted

4 eggs, separated

3/4 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in flour and blend well. Add salt, milk and melted chocolate. Stir constantly over direct heat, until sauce boils and thickens. Beat egg yolks with half the sugar. Add a small amount of the hot mixture to the beaten egg yolks and return  rest of  mixture in the saucepan. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool slightly and stir in vanilla. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry;gradually beat in remaining sugar and beat until thick and glossy. Fold into cooled chocolate mixture. Turn into ungreased 2 quart souffle dish or casserole dish. Bake in a slow oven 300F for 1 hour. Serve immediately with sauce of your choice.

Just in case you dont have a favourite sauce, I am adding çouple of my favourites:

Foamy Sauce:

1/2 cup of sugar

1 cup of sifted icing sugar

few grains of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 egg or 2 egg yolks (beaten)

Cream butter ; gradually add sugar and beat until well blended. Beat in salt, vanilla and eggs; set over hot water. Cook and beat with rotary beater or wire whisk until it has thickened and is smooth and light – about 7 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Vanilla Sauce:

1/4 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of flour

few grains of salt

1 cup of boiling water

2 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

few grains of nutmeg

Combine sugar, flour  and salt in a saucepan. Add boiling water gradually, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until clear and thickened – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add butter, vanilla and nutmeg. If you wish, you can replace the vanilla with rum, brandy or sherry for festive occasions.

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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Hanna Trafford - March 17, 2009

Hello Pamela! Thanks so much and I am very grateful for your kind words and your support. I will most definitely continue posting new recipes and i can’t wait to hear how some of the goodies turned out for you! You are going to try them, right?

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Pamela Lee - March 16, 2009

Wow Hanna…this is so Great..and the food looks amazing. I am getting very hungry just looking at all of this..lol.

You should be really proud of yourself..this website is great. I will save it in my favourites list…along with momshoneypot…Thank you again..the little outfits are too cute.

Pamela

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