Saturday, February 2, 2013

Molten Chocolate Soufflés

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


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


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.