Forgotten Chocolate Souffle

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces, plus more for greasing
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for the egg whites
  • 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated into yolks and whites, at room temperature for 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Directions
  • Put an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 6-cup souffle dish or casserole.

  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a large bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring frequently. (Or in a microwave-safe glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring well every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth.) Cool completely.

  • Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the cooled mixture and add salt and 6 tablespoons sugar. Add yolks 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the flour.

  • Beat the whites with a pinch of salt in a bowl using an electric mixer at high speed until they hold soft peaks. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, a little at a time, beating until the whites hold stiff glossy peaks.

  • Whisk about 1/4 of the whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites gently but thoroughly. Pour the batter into the souffle dish, spreading it evenly.

  • Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until the center is still jiggling and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs adhering to it. Serve the souffle warm.


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