In the world of culinary creations there are few things more enjoyable than cooking with eggs. Just watching a few goopy, translucent egg whites transform into beautifully formed, porcelain-white meringue is up there on my list of favourite things. Meet my little black dress of my dessert repertoire – individual Chocolate and Caramel Soufflés. Whisper-light with a bittersweet chocolate-caramel centre, set off by the slight crispness in the crust and finished with a snowy dusting of icing sugar – they are off the-the-scale yummy.
Cacao powder – a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder can be substituted
½ cup water
¼ cup powdered icing sugar
2 tbsp cacao powder – a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder can be substituted
¼ cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped – I used Lindt Caramel Chocolate
2 tbsp low fat milk
1½ wholemeal flour – unbleached all-purpose white flour can be substituted
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
¼ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp instant coffee
1 large egg white, at room temperature
¼ tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp caster sugar
Extra powdered icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 175C
Lightly grease 4 small (9cm) ramekins with olive oil and dust with some cacao powder. Pop the ramekins on a baking tray and set aside.
In a heatproof bowel on top of a pan of simmering water, combine water, icing sugar, cacao powder, chocolate bits, milk, flour and egg yolk. Cook gently over simmering water for approx. 10 minutes, whisking continuously until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and coffee.
In a clean bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg white and lemon juice at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the caster sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold in one-forth of stiff egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture. Once combined, gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Spoon evenly into the prepared ramekins and pop into a preheated oven for approx. 20 minutes until gorgeously puffed and set. Sprinkle each soufflé with a dusting of icing sugar and serve immediately.
Makes 4 individual souffles