The Speckled Palate
February 13, 2015

Dark Chocolate Soufflés

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate Soufflés, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you’re holding a stay-at-home Valentine’s celebration this year!

Dark Chocolate Soufflés // @speckledpalate

My husband gave me the prettiest pink flowers for Valentine’s Day yesterday, and I spent the rest of the afternoon swooning over them.

I’m such a girl. And I’m totally OK with this.

In the seven-and-a-half years we’ve been together, Winston has sent me flowers once before. And those fateful roses preceded our engagement.

Apparently, he does flowers before big important events in our lives, and since flowers are not an every day (or every year!) occurrence, yesterday’s bouquet was even more special.

Dark Chocolate Soufflés // @speckledpalate

We’re (obviously) a low-key Valentine’s Day couple. We don’t normally exchange gifts, opting for heartfelt cards and homemade presents. (“Presents” meaning “baked goods.”) We prefer cooking at home instead of braving the restaurant dinner crowds. We spend the evening taking it easy and enjoying time together in the comfort of our own home.

And most years, I bake soufflés to finish off our homemade Valentine’s dinner.

This year is no different… assuming we’re not at the hospital and/or having a baby at the time of our dinner.

Dark Chocolate SoufflŽs // @speckledpalate

I’ve been making a rendition of these soufflés for years, and this might just be my favorite version yet because the chocolate is so rich and intense.

So, if you’re looking for a dessert on the lighter side? These Dark Chocolate Soufflés probably aren’t your thing.

But trust me when I say they are absolutely decadent and the perfect way to end a Valentine’s Dinner with the person(s) you adore most in the world.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate Soufflés, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you're holding a stay-at-home Valentine's celebration this year!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 3 servings (in 7 oz. soufflé dishes)
Ingredients
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • A pinch of good sea salt
  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (and additional sugar for prepping the baking dishes)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F, and position a baking rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Spray three 7 oz. soufflé dishes with baking spray and sprinkle with sugar, tilting the dishes to coat all surfaces completely, then tapping to remove excess sugar. Arrange the prepared baking dishes on a baking sheet, and set aside.
  3. Heat a saucepan over high heat, filled halfway with water, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Combine the chocolate and half-and-half in a large glass bowl that fits over the saucepan. When the water is simmering, set the bowl over the saucepan to create a double boiler. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, and set aside.
  5. Using a hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat the egg whites until they have formed soft peaks. Sprinkle in the sugar until the egg whites form hard peaks. Set aside.
  6. Stir the egg yolk and salt into the chocolate mixture.
  7. Using a rubber spatula, fold a quarter of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Gently fold the rest of the egg whites into the mixture, stirring until just combined. (This is very important because if you overmix, your soufflés won't rise as much!)
  8. Divide the batter among the prepared soufflé dishes, and fill them completely.
  9. Bake the soufflés on a baking sheet until they have puffed considerably and the tops feel firm.
  10. Serve the soufflés immediately, sprinkling with powdered sugar, whipped cream, fresh fruit or simply by themselves!
Notes

Celebrate Valentine's Day with these gooey, decadent and delicious Dark Chocolate Soufflés, which come together quickly and bake up nicely. The perfect dessert if you're holding a stay-at-home Valentine's celebration this year!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?
Will you be baking for your loved ones like I will be?

18 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    STOP. Oh my goodness, these look incredible! Dark chocolate is my love language. These are happening for sure! I can’t wait to taste them.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jenna! Dark chocolate is TOTALLY my love language, too, and I hope you love these as much as I did!

  2. Krayl Funch

    these look amazing. I’m more of a savory cook but chocolate is my weakness. These look like something I can actually make!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Krayl! I’m a sucker for chocolate (and anything sweet), and these are totally easy to pull together! Souffles used to freak me out so much because of the egg whites and not stirring them too much… but they’re not too challenging! (And even if the souffles don’t rise so much… they’re good. We ate these after they fell, and they were still delicious!)

  3. Trish @ Well Worn Fork

    I was thinking about making chocolate souffle for my man this week – yours look amazing!

    • Erin

      DO IT, Trish! Chocolate souffles are the best for this weekend!

  4. Carrie

    I’ve been on the hunt for some small bowls like yours, where did you get those??

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    These dark chocolate souffles look AMAZING. They have risen so perfectly, evenly and appear so rich and decadent in flavour.. I wish I had one now!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Thalia! I wish there was a way for me to send you one and it not to end up flat and sad by the time it arrived on your doorstep. But alas… The good news is these don’t take much time or effort and are totally wonderful!

    • Erin

      Ha! Thanks, Julie! I think I’d be OK without the flowers, too, though they’re always a lovely surprise! And this dessert? So. Darn. Good.

  6. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    What a fabulous Valentine’s you had, Erin and even better with these mouth watering souffles! You described my perfect Valentines evening to a T! I love a quiet evening at home vs braving the crowded and often way to noisy restaurants. Finishing off dinner with a bit of dark chocolate never hurt either! I’ve not made chocolate souffles in over a year. I think it’s time. Thank you for your inspiration! Hope your still enjoying those beautiful pink flowers…. (I’d be gawking at them all day too!!).

    • Erin

      Thanks, Traci! I’m glad y’all like a quiet evening at home as opposed to a hectic one out on the town. You should totally make some chocolate souffles sometime soon because they’re hard to beat and so wonderful as a sweet treat after a lovely dinner!

  7. Connie the chocoholic

    my boyfriend and i are the same, we like to keep it chill and hang out at home with nice homecooked dinner than spend 100+ on a fancy outing

    • Erin

      Nothing wrong with chilling and taking it easy on Valentine’s Day! I hope y’all had a wonderful, relaxing one!

  8. Ida

    This looks amazing! I have to admit I was a little skeptical about attempting to make this, only because of the over beating the egg whites, but as I read all the comments and your replies, I thought, I will try it this weekend. Thank you for sharing. P.s. Congratulations on your bundle of joy, hopefully she/he arrived in due time

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