Chef Elle teaches us how to make a no-fuss chocolate souffle

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The chocolate soufflé is a French dessert that for years has stumped many, leaving them with a deflated cake and a deflated ego.

Chef Elle stopped by with a recipe that is so easy, even a novice could pull it off.

No-Fuss Chocolate Soufflé by Chef Elle


  • 6 T unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 6 T muscovado sugar
  • 2 T bread flour
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 2 t vanilla bean paste
  • 1 t chocolate liqueur
  • 6 T granulated sugar
  • *Sour Milk Jam (optional)

Old-school Translations
c=cup; T=tablespoon; t=teaspoon

Place 4 tablespoons butter and chocolate in a small pot over low heat to melt.

Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and muscovado sugar, increasing the volume. Whisk in melted chocolate and butter. Once done, whisk in flour sea salt, vanilla and liqueur. Set aside.

Thoroughly coat ramekins with butter then sugar.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a clean bowl, add egg whites. Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, start speed on low and graduate to medium, resulting in soft peaks. Gradually add 4 tablespoons sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites a 1/3 at a time.

Fill each ramekin with chocolate batter. Using a knife, level the top to ensure the batter is even.

Arrange ramekins onto a baking sheet and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until cakes are puffed and jiggle slightly.

Remove and carve out the center and fill with sour milk jam.

Serve immediately.

Easy Solutions
The dessert is completely fine on its own. However, for those of you looking for something that makes you close your eyes and exhale, the sour milk jam is a must.

If by chance there’s one leftover, the No-Fuss Soufflé is even delicious cold, almost like silky fudge.


Elle’s Easy Holiday Tips

  • Establish a budget and stick to it.
  • Instead of hosting Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, select one holiday.
  • Invite guests over for dessert only. It’s lighter on your personal bank and it eliminates the stress of a full-blown meal.
  • If serving drinks, think Prohibition Raid and hide your liquor! Don’t have an open bar, but decide on two cocktails like the Dusty Road or Southern G+T. Both can be pre-mixed in advanced.


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