Mexican Hot Chocolate Souffle




Mexican Hot Chocolate Souffle

Mexican Hot Chocolate Souffle is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner.  It is everything you want to end a romantic meal it is warm, rich, and just a little spicy.    This rich dark chocolate souffle is highlighted by the warmth of cinnamon and the spice of cayenne, which turns up the heat of this classic dessert. . . and hopefully your night.

Notes

This recipe is extremely easy, but there are a couple things you need to remember.  First, when melting chocolate do not let any water into the bowl.  Water will make the chocolate seize up and you’ll have to start over.  Second, do not add the spices or the coffee (coffee is mostly water) until you start folding in the egg whites.  When I was developing this recipe, I tried to add the spices with the egg yolks and for whatever reason, the chocolate seized and I had to start over.

This is my first dessert souffle, but you have to be wary of the same things you have to be wary of when making a savory souffle.  Do not open the oven when the souffle is cooking.  Make sure you fold the egg whites in, and not stir so you don’t deflate the foam.

This is a very rich dessert, so you might want to serve this with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.  Other accompaniments you may want to try include, a raspberry sauce, macerated strawberries, or even a custard sauce.



Ingredients

3 Tbsps. Butter, separated

2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa

3 oz. bittersweet chocolate

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. strong coffee

2 egg yolks

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

pinch of cream of tartar

pinch of salt

powdered sugar for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Grease two 8 oz. ramekins with 1 tablespoon of butter.    Place a teaspoon of cocoa in each ramekin and shake to coat the inside with a thin layer of cocoa.  Discard any excess.
  2. In a large bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter.  Once melted, stir the butter and chocolate until smooth.  Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks one at a time until incorporated.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar to stiff, but not dry, peaks.  Fold a third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.  Add the coffee, cayenne, and cinnamon.  Working in two batches gently fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  4. Bake the souffles for twenty minutes.  The souffles should be puffed, but completely set.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Souffle

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 2

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsps. Butter, separated
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. strong coffee
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Grease two 8 oz. ramekins with 1 tablespoon of butter.    Place a teaspoon of cocoa in each ramekin and shake to coat the inside with a thin layer of cocoa.  Discard any excess.
  2. In a large bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter.  Once melted, stir the butter and chocolate until smooth.  Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks one at a time until incorporated.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar to stiff, but not dry, peaks.  Fold a third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.  Add the coffee, cayenne, and cinnamon.  Working in two batches gently fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  4. Bake the souffles for twenty minutes.  The souffles should be puffed, but completely set.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Souffle Pin

7 Replies to “Mexican Hot Chocolate Souffle”

  1. it looks so delicious! Today I’m having one of those days where I just want to stay in and eat a whole bunch of stuff, and this just made me crave for this deliciousness even more!

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