The first thing I conquered on My Top 100 list is the dreaded Chocolate Soufflé. I have heard rumors that soufflés are temperamental and easy to screw up, but I decided I was up to the challenge. I found a recipe on-line and it looked easy enough. So, easy in fact that I decided to make my soufflé after a long day of work when I was dead tired.
1 oz Heavy Cream
4 oz Dark Chocolate
1/2 Tbs Butter
2 Large Eggs (Separated into whites and yolks)
Pinch Cream of Tarter
1/6 cup sugar
1. Using a little extra butter and sugar, coat the inside of the ramekins with butter and granulated sugar.
2. Preheat the oven to 375°F).
3. Melt butter, cream, and chocolate in a double boiler, stirring occasionally. Turn off hear once chocolate has melted.
4. Whisk the two egg yolks into the chocolate mixture. (The resulting mixture may look like the chocolate seized, but don't worry, it will smooth out once the egg whites are folded in.)
5. Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and whisk until soft peaks form.
6. Add the sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
7. Without over mixing, fold the egg whites into the meringue in 1/3 batches.
8. Pour the batter into the two prepared ramekins. (This recipe yielded 3 ramekins for me.) Fill them at least 3/4 of the way up.
9. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
10. Serve immediately and enjoy.