Make Ahead

Mark Bittman's Chocolate Souffle

February 18, 2015
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

There’s nothing more magnificent than pulling a soufflé out of the oven and presenting it at the table. This Valentine’s Day I made this beautiful soufflé, recipe courtesy of Mark Bittman, and it was a huge success! Plus it’s SO easy, and can be baked while you eat dinner so it’s warm and ready for dessert!

Mark Bittman says this recipe serves 2 but it absolutely can serve 4. You can also garnish this with raspberries or any bright seasonal fruit of your choice. —MaryFrancesCooks

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (for souffle dish)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (plus extra for souffle dish)
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter one 4-cup soufflé or other deep baking dish. Sprinkle 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, or use a different set, then beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until whites hold soft peaks; continue to beat, gradually adding remaining tablespoon of sugar, until they are very stiff and glossy.
  4. Stir a good spoonful of whites thoroughly into egg yolk mixture to lighten it; (egg yolk mixture will have become very stiff so this step is very important) then carefully fold in remaining whites, using a rubber spatula.
  5. Transfer to prepared soufflé dish. At this point you can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.
  6. Bake until center is nearly set, 25 to 35 minutes. Garnish however you like and serve immediately (with love)

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1 Review

Garth February 29, 2020
Made this with a friend a few days prior to National Chocolate Souffle' Day. First ever attempt at something like this. It was dryer than I expected, but didn't fall! Plus, dry pastry just means you can have it with more ice cream and raspberry sauce, right? :P