Be it a formal dinner or a romantic candle-light date, souffle is always a special treat for special occasions. Making souffle at home may seem a little daunting, but this easy chocolate souffle recipe is something you can master very easily.
Large Eggs – 4
Sugar – 75g
Orange Juice – 80ml
Unsweetened cocoa powder – 25g
Orange zest for garnish
Icing sugar for dusting
Vanilla ice-cream for serving
Grease 4 cups/ramekins with butter or vegetable oil. In a small saucepan, make orange sauce by heating orange juice and sugar over medium heat. Keep stirring until the mixture attains a syrupy consistency. This would take about 3-4 minutes. Once the sauce is ready, remove from heat and leave it aside to cool.
Separate the egg whites from yolks. For best results, use eggs at room temperature. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites well until soft peaks form. Add the orange sauce and beat again for 2 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and fold in carefully until well incorporated. Do not over mix or beat vigorously now. Beating the egg whites to the right consistency and then incorporating the cocoa powder gently are the most important steps in Souffle making. Getting these 2 things right is the key to making a light and airy souffle.
Pour the mixture into greased ramekins and bake in a preheated oven at 1500 C for 10 minutes or until the soufflés are puffed but still soft in the center (ideally use the bottom oven rack for baking). Over-baking could dry up the souffle. Once done, dust some icing sugar and sprinkle orange zest. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in the center.