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After having a yummy souffle on a cruise recently, I came back and started making them myself. This is the best I've found so far. A simple, delicious chocolate souffle. This is a dessert that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy. Try serving it with vanilla or coffee ice cream, or with whipped cream.

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Servings: 6


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  • 7 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra soft for the ramekins
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 Tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp
  • 8 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for garnish


  1. Brush six (6 oz) ramekins with soft butter and sprinkle with sugar to coat (about 2 Tbsp). Put the finished ramekins in the freezer. (This can be done up to 24 hours in advance.)
  2. Set an oven rack in lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 F.
  3. Put the chocolate and 4 Tbsp butter in a medium bowl for heating. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a low simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and the texture is smooth. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat. Set aside.
  4. Combine the warm water and egg yolks in the bowl of a standing mixer or large bowl and beat until frothy. Slowly add 2 tablespoons sugar, and continue beating about 5 minutes. Very slowly fold the yolks into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Remove prepared ramekins from freezer. Rinse the bowl well and add the egg whites and the lemon juice. Beat on medium until frothy; then slowly add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and increase speed to high. Beat until the whites hold a stiff but moist peak.
  6. Working quickly, fold about a third of the egg whites into the chocolate to lighten; then fold in remaining whites. Gently spoon the souffle mixture into the ramekins, and place them on a baking sheet. Level off the surface of each ramekin with a straight edge.
  7. Immediately bake until the souffle rises about 1 1/2 inches from the ramekins, about 19 minutes. Remove from oven, dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 120g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 349  
Calories from Fat 233 67%
Total Fat 27.31g 34%
Saturated Fat 16.38g 66%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 360mg 10%
Total Carbs 27.33g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.5g 18%
Sugars 17.46g 12%
Protein 10.49g 17%



  • John Spottiswood
    May 4, 2012
    Chocolate souffle is one of my favorite desserts, and this came out wonderfully. I hope Nancy's souffle kick does not stop here!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • Lorenda Beumont
      May 23, 2012
      Hi John

      Going to make your chocolate souffle tonight! I am not afraid to try out any recipe containing chocolate. It's winter in SA, so a hot pudding will be just great.

      • Claudia lamascolo
        May 8, 2012
        now this is an elegant awesome dessert!
        • Salad Foodie
          May 5, 2012
          Picture perfect. My chocolate demons are begging me to "Try Soon"!

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