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Recipe

Individual Mocha Soufflés

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 6 soufflés.

The great thing about these soufflés is that you must make them ahead so that they’re chilled before they go in the oven. You can make and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or you can freeze them for up to a month. If you plan to bake them the same day you make them, don’t use the full 3 Tbs. of rum or brandy; rather, use only 1-1/2 Tbs. of it plus 1-1/2 Tbs. of water. Otherwise the alcohol flavor (which dissipates over time) will be too strong.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into pieces; more for the ramekins
  • Granulated sugar for dusting
  • 3 Tbs. dark rum, brandy, Grand Marnier, or water
  • 1-1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • 3 oz. (3/4 cup) confectioners’ sugar

Preparation

  • Lightly butter six 6-oz. ramekins and dust with granulated sugar, tapping out excess. Set the ramekins on a small baking sheet.
  • Stir together the liquor or water and the instant coffee. Set aside and stir occasionally until the coffee is dissolved. Melt the chocolate and butter in a large metal bowl over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave. Remove from the heat and whisk until glossy and smooth. Stir in the coffee mixture and the salt. Whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time. Add about one-third of the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until well blended and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until they’re very foamy and they’re just beginning to hold soft peaks. Increase the speed to high and gradually sprinkle in the remaining confectioners’ sugar. Continue beating until the peaks are firm and glossy. Spoon about one-quarter of the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture and whisk until blended. Add the remaining whites and gently fold them in until just blended. Pour evenly into prepared ramekins (the mixture will almost completely fill the ramekins). If you want to bake the soufflés within 24 hours, refrigerate them. (To refrigerate: Chill for about 30 min., and then cover in plastic and return to the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.) If you want to hold them for longer, freeze them according to the directions.
    Chill first, then cover. Before covering the ramekins, let them chill for 20 to 30 minutes. After that, the plastic will be less likely to stick to the soufflé batter.

  • To bake straight from the refrigerator: Heat the oven to 400°F. Unwrap the ramekins, set them on a baking sheet, and bake until they’re puffed and risen about 1 inch above the ramekin, 15 min. The top will still be slightly sunken in the center; consider it a place to pop in a few berries or a dollop of whipped cream. Remove the soufflés from the oven and serve immediately.

Make Ahead Tips

Put the filled ramekins into the freezer, uncovered, for 20 min. Then wrap each ramekin well in plastic and freeze for up to two weeks. To bake straight from the freezer, unwrap the ramekins and set on a small baking sheet or jellyroll pan. Let them sit for 20 min. while heating the oven to 400°F. Bake on the baking sheet until puffed and risen about 1 inch above the ramekin, 18 min. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Tip

Tip: Depending on how cold your freezer is, the soufflés may be slightly more or less done in 18 minutes. They’ll be delicious either way. If they’re a little underdone, they’ll be a bit runny in the center; if a little overdone, they’ll be a bit cakey in the center. It’s best to stick to 18 min., as you don’t want to use a method to test doneness that might deflate the soufflés. After you’ve made this recipe once in your own kitchen, you can adjust the timing as you like.

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  • beezie2 | 12/11/2011

    I have made these souffles twice. They are fast - easy - delicious and ideal for a dinner party or holiday meal. The 18 minute bake time is perfect.

  • Edna | 02/16/2009

    Lots of wow without much effort. I would make it at least once before serving it to company to fine tune bake time. I baked for the recommended time, but probably should have baked it about a minute less.

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