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Madeleine's Chocolate Souffle

When beating egg whites, Chef Madeleine Kamman prefers to use a copper bowl and a large balloon whisk. Her trick for successfully blending the whites into the batter is to first mix in a quarter of the whites, then quickly rewhip the remainder with a pinch of sugar, reincorporating any water that has separated from the beaten whites, before folding them into the mixture.

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 large egg yolks, plus 7 large egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons cognac, rum, Grand Marnier, or green Chartreuse
  • 7 large egg whites

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack positioned on bottom. Butter a 6-cup souffle mold (7 1/2-by-7 1/2-by-3 1/4 inches), then sprinkle sides and bottom of mold with 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.

  2. Step 2

    Melt both types of chocolate together in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove the chocolate from the heat; transfer to a large bowl. Let cool until an instant-read thermometer registers 114 degrees.

  3. Step 3

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg yolks, the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and the salt until mixture is thick and light yellow. Alternatively, use a hand whisk.

  4. Step 4

    Mix the cooled chocolate, heavy cream, espresso powder, and liquor into the yolk mixture until well blended and smooth.

  5. Step 5

    In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, being careful not to overbeat. Mix one-quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate-egg yolk mixture. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until well blended. Pour the mixture into the prepared souffle mold.

  6. Step 6

    Bake the souffle until center has just barely set, 14 to 16 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 1999

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