Friday, March 19, 2010

Light and Springy Chocolate Souffles


More and more,  little indications of spring are sneaking into our days.  A little crocus bloom here, a daffodil there... and my mother is disappearing into her greenhouse. During planting season she says "When evening comes I can't wait to fall asleep so I can start planting again tomorrow!"

I'm so glad her favorite season is here. 

Spring is in my heart too.  I want to celebrate this effervescence with something delicate and light from my kitchen.  Within 20 minutes I had these unfussy, light-as-air chocolate souffles at the ready. And boy, are they ever yummy! 

(a few of my favorite things)

This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks.  I've had it for a several years and I always turn to it when I want to be inspired by fresh, vibrant, better-for-you foods.  It's the New Mayo Clinic Cookbook.  I like that it  points you in a healthier direction without hitting you over the head with "you can't do this-or-that."

This recipe makes one large souffle or 6 small ones. I like desserts in single servings, so used 6 - 1 cup ramekins.


There are only 3 tablespoons of flour in this recipe, and one tablespoon of nut flour. I used ground almonds but hazelnuts can also be used. Just a pinch of cinnamon really amplifies the chocolate flavor. You won't even know it's in there.


"Although these cakey souffles are made with unsweetened cocoa instead of the usual rich chocolate, their flavor is just as intense.  If you can't find fresh raspberries, sliced fresh strawberries will do nicely."   -excerpt, The New Mayo Cookbook


The first part of this recipe is much like a pudding.  You cook almost all of the ingredients (except the egg whites) together on the stove top.

 Expect these to fall a little.  They were so tall when first taken out of the oven!

Light and Springy Chocolate Souffles

Recipe from "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook".

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This is one of my favorite recipes. The raspberries are a nice pairing, although I must admit that I did not buy mine fresh.  I really wanted delicious fresh raspberries,  but at my geographical location they just aren't what they should be at this time of year. (too sour!)  I bought a can of whole raspberries and drained them in a sieve before garnishing the souffles.



We sure enjoyed them.  I hope you do too!




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21 comments:

Amy Kelly said...

YUM! I've never had chocolate souffle before but these look delicious! I may just have to try baking some soon.

Megan said...

I loved your post! You make me want both Spring to hurry and a one of your souffles. Loved the pictures!

Holly said...

These look so pretty! And delish;)
The Peppered Pantry~

April said...

Oh, this looks so good!! and healthier for you!! I can't wait to make them!

Su-yin said...

I love how these look - and healthy too! Definitely a keeper. :)

Mara... said...

These look amazing and I love how they look in the little cups. We have fresh strawberries right now, I just might have to try this!!

Sue Sparks said...

O.K., you talked me into it...I AM going to make these this weekend!! Those overhead shots...Oh my!
P.S Love Biscuit's expression:)

Elizabeth and Jared said...

I love the delicate cracks on the top. I cannot believe it only look 20 minutes to whip this up. Enjoy your spring! We're heading into Autumn here!

Kathleen said...

Hey Heather! I have an award I want to share with you. Stop by my blog when you get a chance! The chocolate souffle looks unbelievable!

Lucy said...

Your photos are beautiful. This chocolate souffle looks utterly gorgeous, this post definitely has me craving some right now!

gaga said...

Souffles scare me, so I'm truly impressed. It looks perfect!

Christiana said...

That looks absolutely delicious....simply wonderful

Sunday said...

Yum! :)

Mimi said...

I'm all for healthy and delicious. Great clicks.
Mimi

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

These are completely drool-worthy (running to grab a napkin hehe 8p). I only had my first dessert souffle about a year ago and have been dying to make my own ever since.

Deeba PAB said...

Utterly gorgeous Heather ... very pretty & delicious indeed!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, those look delicious...and so pretty!

diva said...

I will one day try my hand at souffles. Eeks. The thought of it scares me but these look so good I'll have to try em! Also, is that the sweetest pug or what! adorable.

Viagra Online said...

I love chocolate suffles, I found this recipe as a wonder, because I have been searching this for years, I know that I am going to make it at home as soon as I can.

claudia lo said...

Wow Heather these pictures make me drool. May i know which camera you are using? I'm buying myself a new camera to study food photography so i might need a few pointers here and there. Thanks :)

N said...

Hey! Was just wondering what I could replace the eggs with in this recipe?? Any suggestions? Thanks!! :)

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