In the category of “Holy Cow There’s No Way I Can Make That At Home,” soufflé has always been at the top of my list. I’ve heard horror stories about soufflés gone wrong, including the most infamous tale – that of of the sunken soufflé.
But when I decided to take a chance and make Mini Chocolate Souffles for a fun, new dessert, I can confidently tell you that soufflés are nothing to fear. In fact, this is one of the easiest – and most amazingly delicious – desserts I’ve ever made.
First, I started with a few ground rules that I believe ensured my success.
- Take your time. There’s nothing like a rushed baker to ruin a perfectly good recipe.
- Use the best chocolate you can find and/or afford. Since this is one seriously chocolatey dessert, it’s imperative that the star of the show is, well, a showstopper.
- Do not, I repeat, do not overstir the egg white/chocolate mixture. Slowly folding the mixture is key for getting that perfectly puffy top.
- If you’re afraid of making one giant soufflé, make miniature, individual-sized ones like I did. With a smaller diameter across the top, there’s less of a chance that your soufflé will sink before it has a chance to wow your guests.
Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes on this recipe once, twice or even three times. The ingredient list is small and simple enough that you won’t break the bank if you have to go back to the beginning, and the recipe isn’t very time consuming, either. So if date night is fast approaching and you’re looking at a sad soufflé, no worries! Pick yourself up and try again.
And finally, even if your soufflé isn’t worthy of an award in the visual department, chances are once you take a warm, chocolatey, gooey, yummy spoonful, it won’t matter what it looked like in the first place.
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