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Chocolate soufflés

Rich yet light.

By Emma Knowles & Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 6
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
Chocolate soufflés recipe

The magic of chocolate soufflés is that they're both rich and light. The chocolate mixture can be prepared two or three days ahead, and the ramekins a day; whisk the eggwhites and fold them into the chocolate mixture just before the soufflés go in the oven.


  • Butter, softened for greasing
  • 70 gm caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 6 eggwhites
  • Chocolate or vanilla-bean ice-cream, to serve
Chocolate cream
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp Dutch-process cocoa, plus extra for dusting
  • 150 ml milk
  • Scraped seeds of ½ vanilla bean
  • 50 gm dark chocolate (64%-70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 tbsp dark sweet dessert wine, such as Pedro Ximénez or topaque
  • Chocolate ice-cream, to serve


  • 1
    Generously butter six 125ml ramekins; it's important to butter the sides all the way to the rim to help the soufflés rise. Refrigerate ramekins until butter is set (15 minutes), then dust liberally with caster sugar.
  • 2
    For chocolate cream, whisk egg, egg yolks, and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add cornflour and cocoa and whisk to combine. Bring milk and vanilla seeds to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour into egg mixture, whisking to combine, then return to a clean saucepan and stir vigorously over high heat until mixture thickly coats the spoon (2-4 minutes). Add chocolate and stir until smooth. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, cover directly with plastic wrap and stand to cool (1 hour). Add wine and beat with a wooden spoon to a smooth cream, then stand at room temperature.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 200C. If chocolate cream has been made ahead, bring it to room temperature and whisk until smooth. Whisk eggwhite with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form, then gradually add sugar, whisking until smooth, firm peaks form. Fold a third of the eggwhite mixture into the chocolate cream until evenly combined, then repeat with remaining eggwhite mixture.
  • 4
    Spoon mixture into prepared moulds to the top. Level tops with a knife, then run your finger just around tops of rims to remove excess soufflé mixture (to prevent soufflés sticking). Bake until puffed (13-15 minutes), dust with cocoa and serve with chocolate ice-cream.
  • Author: Emma Knowles & Lisa Featherby