Saturday, February 2, 2013

Molten Chocolate Souffl├ęs

God bless whoever bought me an entire bag of truffles for being my inspiration for this little bit of heaven! To be honest you will never see me a eat a bag of candy.  Left to my own devices that bag will surely sit there for years to come!

Melty, rich, molten chocolate truffles flowing from a warm cloud of chocolate! Similar to a flourless chocolate, but this cake is light and fluffy, still packing a major chocolate punch.

Molten Chocolate Souffle

ingredients

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
¼ cup flour, plus more for dusting
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1-2 tsp. Espresso powder
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. kosher salt
3 eggs
Store bought truffles, or homemade ganache or truffles
Confectioners' sugar

instructions


Heat oven to 425°. Grease bottom and sides of six 6-oz. ramekins with butter and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside on a baking sheet. Heat butter and bittersweet chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat until just melted; remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, vanilla, salt, and eggs with a hand mixer on medium-high speed until thick and pale, 3–4 minutes. Beat in melted chocolate mixture; add flour and mix until smooth. Divide half the batter between prepared ramekins and place a (2-3) truffle in center of each; top with remaining batter and smooth tops. Bake until just set, 15-17 minutes. Let cool 3-4 minutes. (Parental warning-when serving to children or those a little more sensitive to hot food, rest for 5-6 minutes and serve with ice cream to cool each bite!)

To serve, run a paring knife around edge of ramekins and invert cakes onto 6 serving plates or leave in ramekins. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.

Serving suggestions: serve with with ice cream as a perfect compliment to the molten center! Raspberry sauce, a good chocolate sauce drizzled over your plate(leaving one tbsp from the pan to drizzle your plates works well!), sliced strawberry... All of the above?

Can be prepared ahead and chilled.