Tuesday, 19 August 2008

dark chocolate and lemon souffles

I was looking for the perfect dessert to follow my Lamb Kleftico from trusty Rick Stein, and thinking something lemony would go rather nicely I thought it was about time I tried out my new ramekins with a souffle! Now, having never made a souffle before I thought a basic recipe would suffice and this one was splendid, adding in the dark chocolate element to make it even more moreish!
Recipe makes 8 1-cup ramekins, the link says 6 but maybe my kitchen-aid just made GIANT meringue to prove to me it was worth the small fortune it cost!
3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp milk - lots of recipes say use whole, but skimmed was fine
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
5 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
5 large egg whites
100g dark chocolate - grated
1. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F
2. Coat your ramekins liberally with butter, then coat with the grated chocolate to create a nice thick layer on the inside - chill (the ramekins, not you)
3. Pre-zest a lemon, then juice with the rest into a bowl & set aside
4. Bring the milk to a simmer in a medium sized pan over a med/low heat
5. Mix together in a bowl a 1/4 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch and egg yolks to create a paste
6. Pouring slowly, whisk in the hot milk, then return to the pan over the med/low heat - whisking constantly until it begins to thicken
7. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and peel, stir in then cover & cool (I put mine in a large bowl to cool as the volume of egg whites is quite large)
8. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until frothy
9. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, continuing to beat until stiff but not dry
10. Fold 1/4 of the whites into the cooled lemon mixture, then add the remainder and fold in gently
11. Spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekins, leveling off the tops and running the side of your thumb just round the inside of the edges
12. Sprinkle any leftover chocolate gratings on top & wipe the rims off clean
13. Bake until puffed and brown on top....most recipes say 18mins but mine only took 13, though this may be due to my oven being rather over enthusiastic...


Anonymous said...

I've already said how amazing these look, I find myself oddly drawn to the pictures. If only scratch n sniff computer screens were a reality!
Helen x

Anonymous said...

I ate two of these on an already full-to-bursting belly. I think this is the highest compliment I can give you, and a great demonstration of my dedication in my role as official taste-tester. It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it.
ps don't you dare give the job to anyone else!