Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chocolate Soufflé

Just the mention of chocolate soufflé can conjure up feelings of decadence and luxury. Most people wont attempt making them because preparing a soufflé has been somewhat exaggerated over time! But believe me they are easy and simple to make.

A soufflé is a light, fluffy, baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffle which means "to blow up" or more loosely "puff up" .

The two main components of souffle are flavored cream sauce or purée & egg whites beaten to a soft peak meringue.
When it comes out of the oven, a soufflé should be puffed up and fluffy, and will generally fall after 5 or 10 minutes. Soufflés can be made in containers of all shapes and sizes but it is traditional to make soufflé in ramekins.

what is a ramekin?
Individual ovenproof baking dishes made of ceramic, porcelain or glass and used in the preparation of custards and other miniature sweet or savory dishes.

If you noticed that flour is missing in the ingredient section, don't panic! You just need eggs, chocolate, butter and sugar. No flour necessary in this case, the eggs are enough of a lift.
This recipe depends on chocolate, so make sure to use a good quality chocolate.

Chocolate Soufflé Recipe (serves 6) :

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, Chopped

2/3 cups unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

4 large eggs, separated

3 tablespoons superfine sugar

Confectioners sugar, for dusting


1.Generously butter six small ramekins. Sprinkle each with a little sugar and tap out any excess. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.

2.In a heavy saucepan over very low heat, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly, then beat in the egg yolks. Set aside, stirring occasionally.

3.Preheat the oven to 425°F (around 218°C) . In a clean, grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites slowly until frothy. Increase the speed and gradually sprinkle on the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until the whites are stiff and glossy.

4.Stir a third of the whites into the cooled chocolate mixture to lighten it.

5.Then pour the chocolate mixture over the remaining whites.

6.Using a rubber spatula or large metal spoon, gently fold the sauce in to the whites. (Don't worry about a few whites streaks.)

7.Spoon into the prepared dishes.

8.Bake the soufflés for 10-12 minutes until risen and set, but still slightly wobbly in the center.

9.Dust with confectioners' sugar & Bon appetite!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Maltesers Cheesecake

This chilled cheesecake are light and mousse-like, yet rich and creamy! Suitable as a summer dessert.

Ingredients (serves 8) :

200g chocolate cake
90g Maltesers, crushed
1/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules ( you can use nescafe)


3 teaspoons gelatine
1/4 cup water
500g cream cheese, softened ( i used Philadelphia )
1/2cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered maltesers
1 cup thickened cream ( you can use 1 nestle cream)
2 bags of DreamWhip ( follow the instructions on the bag to make the whipcream)
100 grams dark eating chocolate, melted

55g Maltesers (about 2 bags)

1.Melt the instant coffee granules in warm water. Cut the cake into cubes, and divide among eight cup glasses. Top with crushes maltesers and coffee.

2.To start with the filling, melt the gelatine in 1/4 cup of water in a heatproof mug, put the mug in a small saucepan of hot water. Stir until gelatine dissolves, and leave it to cool for 5 minutes.
3.Now beat the cream cheese, sugar, powdered maltesers in medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth.

4.Then add in the cream and stir in the gelatine mixture, then chocolate.

5.After its mixed well, fold the whipped cream into the mixture.

6.Divide filling among glasses; refrigerate overnight. Serve the cheesecake topped with Maltesers.

I hope that you'll find this recipe easy to follow. Bon appetite!

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