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Chocolate Soufflés with Brown Sugar and Rum Whipped Cream

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Serves eight.

The anxiety of making soufflés is gone forever with this freezer-to-oven recipe. The whipped cream is delicious, but you can also serve pieces of English toffee and fresh, dried, or candied fruit with the soufflés so your guests can garnish as they please.

For the soufflés
  • 1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. whole milk
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, preferably 64% cacao, chopped
  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 4 large egg yolks
For the cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. light brown or demerara sugar
  • 1 Tbs. dark rum
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Make the soufflés

Brush eight 6-oz. straight-sided ramekins with the butter and coat evenly with 2 Tbs. of the sugar, tapping out the excess. Set aside.

In a 2- to 3-quart saucepan, heat the milk over medium-high heat until steaming hot. Add the chocolate and stir with a rubber spatula until melted. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a large bowl and set aside.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tbs. water in a 2-quart saucepan and set over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let sit at room temperature while you whip the egg whites.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the whites on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. With the mixer running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the whites. Increase the speed to high and beat until the whites hold medium peaks, about 1-1/2 minutes.

Mix the egg yolks into the melted chocolate until combined. Fold one-third of the whites into the chocolate mixture until totally combined. Add the remaining two-thirds of the whites and fold until no streaks remain. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins. Freeze until solid, at least 8 hours ahead, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. (The soufflés may be made to this point up to 1 week ahead.)

Bake the soufflés

When ready to serve, position a rack in the top third of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Remove the ramekins from the freezer and bake until the tops are puffed and cracked (either at the edges or on top) and the soufflés are barely set in the middle, 18 to 20 minutes.

Make the whipped cream

While the soufflés are baking, in a medium bowl, whip the cream using a hand mixer on medium speed until thickened enough to hold very soft peaks. Add the brown sugar, rum, and vanilla and continue to mix until soft peaks form.

Serve the soufflés, topped with dollops of whipped cream, immediately after baking.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 300; Fat (g): 16; Fat Calories (kcal): 150; Saturated Fat (g): 10; Protein (g): 7; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 32; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 80; Cholesterol (mg): 130; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer; food styling by Melissa Hamilton

Pretty good! So easy! Made as is. Did not care for the rum in the cream!

Definitely deserving of a 5 star rating. Easy to make ahead and freeze. Extremely elegant to serve and best of all tastes fantastic. These are a must for a dinner party where your cooking efforts are the day before and you can relax and enjoy your party!

I made this for a dinner party of sixteen and all but one couple asked for the recipe. I don't know of another dessert that is this good and can be made so far ahead.

Great for a dinner party or a holiday gathering. I doubled the recipe but didn't have enough 6 oz. ramekins, so I used several 3 oz. and two 7 oz.; adjusting the baking times for these didn't seem to affect the final outcome at all. The whipped cream is a nice compliment to the souffles. Great recipe that will now be my go-to dessert recipe for company.

Really great to have on hand when entertaining. Delicious, elegant and not too difficult to make.

I made this for the family this Thanksgiving. They couldn't get enough of it. Very smooth and tasty. The rum whipped cream added a nice dimension to the dish. My wife and I just polished off an extra souffle that I saved out from Thanksgiving. It was great!

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