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Sunday 27 January 2013

Chocolate Souffle for Classic French

Apologies for the slightly dodgy photos, I'm just squeezing this post in for the 'Classic French' challenge at Blue Kitchen Bakes which closes tomorrow.

The theme for January is 'souffle'.   I've been meaning to get my souffle baked since early in January but somehow it just didn't happen.  I also had a tub of Food Thoughts Cocoa sent to me for review so I thought I'd try it out with a Chocolate Souffle.

"Food Thoughts Cocoa is a luxurious baking and drinking cocoa, made with the finest cocoa beans.  It is rich and smooth in texture and has a deep rounded flavour preferred by bakers for it's high cocoa fat content.  Food Thoughts Cocoa is 100% Fairtrade Organic Cocoa is produced in the Dominican Republic by an accredited Faritrade consortium."

Food Thoughts Fairtrade Organic Cocoa is available in Sainsbury's retailing at £2.20

Chocolate Souffle (2 servings) 
I increased the quantities to make three

Butter or cooking spray to grease the ramekins
4 1/2 tbsp caster sugar, divided
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 1/2 tbsp Food Thoughts Cocoa
2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, separated
1 tsp icing sugar

Pre heat oven to 180C

Butter or coat the ramekins, sprinkle with 3/4 tsp caster sugar.
Combine 2 tbsp caster sugar, flour, cocoa and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Cook 2 minutes, stirring until smooth.  Spoon chocolate mixture into a medium bowl; cool 4 minutes, stir in vanilla and the egg yolk.

Place egg white in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.  Add remaining 2 tbsp caster sugar, 1 tsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat).
Gently stir 1/4 of egg white mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture.  Spoon into prepared dishes. Sharply tap dishes 2 or 3 times to level. Place dishes on baking sheet; bake at 180C for 15 minutes or until puffy and set.  Sprinkle each souffle with 1/2 tsp icing sugar. Serve immediately.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will see that I didn't sprinkle mine with icing sugar.  I simply didn't have time and didn't want the souffles to fall before they arrived at the table. 

The verdict
We really enjoyed the souffle, it tasted as if it had been made with chocolate rather than cocoa, there was no bitterness that you get with some cocoa powders.  The souffle wasn't difficult to make and turned out very well.

I was supplied with one tub of Food Thoughts Cocoa and was not paid to write a positive review, all opinions are my own.

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At 27 January 2013 at 21:16 , Blogger Marmaduke Scarlet said...

These look so professional! I've never made a sweet souffle before (always a cheese one, and then with very great wariness!) but you've made it sound simple AND delicious :)

At 27 January 2013 at 21:51 , Blogger Janice said...

They are really not difficult Rachel. I've made sweet souffles before but this is the easiest recipe yet.

At 28 January 2013 at 15:19 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Those look to light and fluffy and VERY professional as Rachel said! I ran out of time to enter Classic French this time, I was going to try to make chocolate orange soufflé cakes for a joint Tea Time Treats and classic French bake, but, time just ran away!Lovely photos too Janice! Karen

At 28 January 2013 at 15:46 , Blogger Choclette said...

Those soufflés look gorgeous Janice and if you hadn't mentioned the icing sugar I doubt anyone would have known. Great minds and all that - I've just posted my cocoa review.

At 30 January 2013 at 18:14 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for snakeing these into the challenge, they look great!

At 30 January 2013 at 23:52 , Blogger Unknown said...

I made my first ever souffles this month and chocolate ones are on my wish list for the near future! Glad to hear the cocoa powder baked well, I've not cooked anything with mine yet.


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