Decadent Chocolate Soufflé

Chocolate Soufflé… one of those decadent dessert items that I have seen on high end restaurant menus, but never attempted at home. Why? Not because I am lazy – well maybe a little – but mainly because things that rise intimidate me. This is alsothe reason I rarely make bread, rolls, etc.

However, after talking with a few co-workers about soufflés, I decided to give them a go last week. After a little online searching, I came across Mark Bittman’s recipe which he claims to be “easy”…this one little word is what sold me! Once I read the recipe, I was totally confident. I rolled up my sleeves, tied back my hair and hit the kitchen.

This recipe seriously comes together very quickly and the beauty of it is that you can make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge until you are ready for dessert. I even left one in the chiller for 24 hours and it baked up just as good as the ones the day before. I served these with fresh raspberries and a light shake of confectioners’ sugar. It had great texture and flavor and was the perfect ending to a hectic day!

I hope you make these for your familyand friends and enjoy them as much as we did!

If you are still feeling a little intimidated (although you shouldn’t be), check out Bittman’s video tutorial on Facebook.

Easy Chocolate Soufflé


1 tablespoon butter, for dish (approximately)
1/3 cup sugar, plus some for dish
3 eggs, separated
2 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Butter two 2-cup or one 4-cup soufflé or other deep baking dish(es). Sprinkle each with sugar, invert it and tap to remove excess sugar.

2. Beat egg yolks with all but 1 tablespoon sugar until very light and very thick; mixture will fall in a ribbon from beaters when it is ready. Mix in the melted chocolate until well combined; set aside.

3. Wash beaters well, then beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until whites hold soft peaks; continue to beat, gradually adding remaining tablespoon sugar, until they are very stiff and glossy. Stir a good spoonful of whites thoroughly into egg yolk mixture to lighten it; then fold in remaining whites, using a rubber spatula. Transfer to prepared soufflé dish(es); at this point you can cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.

4. Bake until center is nearly set, 20 minutes for individual soufflés and 25 to 35 minutes for a single large soufflé. Serve immediately.


- I added 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste for no reason other than I am mildly addicted to this stuff.
- I got three soufflés out of this recipe instead of the two.
- These fall quick and I mean QUICK, so if you plan on taking photos of these, get everything set up and take them immediately after removing from the oven!!!

- Mark Bittman


25 Responses to “Decadent Chocolate Soufflé”

  1. oneordinaryday — August 10, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I've only ever made one souffle and it was too long ago to remember. I think I've got to try it again. This seems like the perfect place to start. Thanks!


  2. ~Mrs. Guru~ — August 10, 2009 at 6:46 am



  3. Bethie — August 10, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Jamie, that is so beautiful. You plate your masterpieces so lovely. I don't even have a clue what a souffle even tastes like, let along try to make one. Most likely, for me, it would be more like an episode of I Love Lucy.


  4. Smitten Sugar — August 10, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I have never made a souffle but now I am going to have to try this! They look delicious! By the way got the vanilla beans this weekend. Thanks again, I cant wait to use them!


  5. Ingrid — August 10, 2009 at 8:29 am

    You go Jamie! It looks great and you did a stellar job plating it up! VERY fancy-smancy! :)


  6. Kristilyn — August 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I always feel intimidated by stuff like this, but I'm finding it takes practice and patience and soon you get the results you want!

    I'll definitely bookmark this recipe!



  7. pinkstripes — August 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Your chocolate souffle looks perfect! I've only made savory souffles. I'm going to try this one soon.


  8. Sara — August 10, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I've never made a souffle because I too was intimidated…but I think you've convinced me. These looks delish.


  9. sherri — August 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Also intimidated, but willing to try…now!


  10. Trish — August 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Grin…I am intimidated..for sure. But you have such gorgeous pics that one simply HAS to try!


  11. Jill — August 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Way to try something new! Your pictures are amazing and that souffle looks delicious!


  12. Tracey — August 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    That is one gorgeous souffle! I've never tried making souffles because I'm totally intimidated by them but if this one is easy maybe I'll give it a shot :)


  13. Jennifer — August 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    GREAT job on the souffle!!! Picture perfect!


  14. Maria — August 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I am always up for a chocolate dessert!


  15. Karine — August 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    You seem to have done a great job with this souffle! Congrats!


  16. Cathy — August 11, 2009 at 9:09 am

    The souffle looks incredible, truly incredible. I am still a little afraid to try one, but if you say it's manageable, I will trust you and give it a go. Love that these could be made ahead and stashed in the fridge – makes this idea for company!


  17. Jelli Bean — August 11, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I love this! The photo is gorgeous. I too, have been leery of souffle making, but you've given me confidence! I have a feeling a chocolate souffle will be accompanying my sandwich for lunch.


  18. Palidor — August 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    They rose nice and high and look super delicious.


  19. Ash — August 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I haven't made a souffle yet! I'm getting inspired by yours to try very soon!! looks fab!



  20. Megan — August 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Definitely intimidated by souffles, but I vow to try one soon… and your recipe seems like a good place to start!


  21. Teanna DiMicco — August 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

    OK so I have all of these ingredients and all day with nothing to do – I'm totally trying this!


  22. delightfullysweet — August 14, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I am going to have to try this recipe. I tried a strawberry souffle last week and it didn't come out too well.


  23. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — August 16, 2009 at 3:53 am

    I've always been too intimidated! The video is great, thanks :) Your souffle looks perfect!!


    • Hot Polka Dot — February 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

      I’ve never made chocolate souffle before. To be honest it’s always scared me, but these look delicious. I’ll have to go buy some ramekins and try this one out soon. Thanks!

  24. William Tucker — October 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I am doing this this recipe was easy and inspirational thank you very much


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