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Chocolate Souffle

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Serves 4

large eggs, separated 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 2/3 cup whole milk 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoon unsalted butter ¼ t vanilla extract Additional sugar (for soufflé dishes) Powdered sugar

To serve 1 cup heavy cream to whip

1 Whisk yolks to blend in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and cocoa in medium saucepan until no cornstarch lumps remain. Whisk in milk. Add chocolate, butter and vanilla extract.

2 Place pan over low heat and whisk until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove from over water. Gradually whisk some of hot chocolate mixture into yolks. Whisk yolk mixture back into bowl with chocolate mixture.

3 Place over simmering water. Whisk until smooth and thickened to pudding consistency, about 4 minutes. Cool to lukewarm.

4 Preheat oven to 450°F. Butter eight 2/3- 3/4-cup soufflé dishes or custard cups; dust with sugar. Arrange dishes on baking sheet.

5 Using electric mixer, beat whites in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff but not dry.

6 Fold whites into lukewarm soufflé base in 2 additions. Divide soufflé mixture among prepared dishes, filling almost to top. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover dishes with foil and freeze. Uncover but do not thaw before baking.)

7 Place soufflés on baking sheet in oven; reduce temperature to 400°F. Bake until puffed and dry-looking on top, about 17 minutes for unfrozen or 22 minutes for frozen.

Transfer dishes to plates. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve, drizzled with chilled cream or crème anglaise.

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