Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dark Chocolate Souffle with Raspberries!

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I have a deliciously easy souffle recipe that has an extra dash of summer. I first posted this in December 2014 but it's perfect for our summer berries, so I'm reposting!

But first, some pictures of current happenings. 
This is "LuLu" on her baptism day! Lulu is Cassey and Noe's new baby. You might remember them from the post on savory pumpkin rolls! Robert is now six, Franny (our godddaughter) is two, and Lulu is four months. We just love this little family and I love seeing out old babysitter being an amazing mother to her own babies. 
I snapped this pic on the way to the baptism. Spring is so pretty around Dayton, Washington.
So, here's the chocolate souffle recipe!
You'll need:
7TBS sugar
1 cup raspberries
5 TBS unsalted butter
6 oz good chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla
5 large eggs, plus two more egg whites
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
powdered sugar for dusting

YUMMY. The kids wanted to gobble these so badly, but I was strong and sent them away. (But they did get the leftovers.)
Gratuitous chocolate picture. I'm a Lindt fan, so I just picked up a bar at the grocery store.
Melt the butter and chocolate over medium-low heat. When it's all melted, add the vanilla. Butter the ramekins and preheat the oven to 375F.
Beat the egg yolks and 3 TBS of sugar on medium speed until thick and fluffy.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the eggs yolks.
Whip the eggs whites into stiff peaks with the pinch of salt and cream of tartar, adding the 3 TBS of sugar near the end. Carefully fold the egg whites and chocolate together.
Fold the chocolate and the egg yolk mixture together.
I know, there's a lot of folding and beating, but not in that order. I think the key to a good souffle is understanding that the beating is serious business. And the folding is serious business. And never the twain shall meet...
Until the ramekin. Here 'tis, filled with sugared raspberries. It's been buttered, and then dusted with sugar. Mmmmm.... I could eat it just like this. A bite of chocolate, a bite of raspberry. That's all. But that's not very festive and the guests might appreciate more of a presentation. We'll keep the chocolate/raspberry noshing to visits with good friends.
So, spoon (not beat or fold, that's a relief) the mixture into the ramekin.
Run your finger along the edge. This makes it form that little "top hat" when it's cooking. So much prettier. And remember, we're trying to be presentable. Little known fact: souffles can be chilled in the fridge for up to one whole day. So, this is a good dessert to pop into the oven while everyone is having their main course (and you're not standing in the kitchen). Then they come out pretty and warm and ready...
Set the ramekins in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. You can poke the top to see if it's done, but with the raspberries inside, it's hard to tell, so it's best to wiggle them a little and see if the center jiggles. If it's puffed up and the center jiggles just a little, they're done!
Don't overcook. They'll still be edible, but the edges will be harder and crustier. We want light and fluffy.
And a picture of the bottom layer. I thought the raspberries might not cook enough but the were perfectly melded into the chocolate. What a pairing!

 So, that's my post for this week! I hope everyone is having a wonderful post Memorial Day weekend (only two days, how terrible) as we head into summer. Be sure to drop by my author page at Mary Jane Hathaway, or my other author page at Virginia Carmichael, or my blog at The Things That Last! All my newest book news and musings is there, including anything silly that strikes my fancy!


  1. What an adorable baby. I just want to smoosh her (in a gentle way!) This looks so refreshing -- perfect for the warm days of summer coming up. Have a great weekend!

    1. I know!! I try not to overwhelm her but I just want to squeeeeeze her to pieces. :)

  2. LULU is adorable and she matches the berries. I would pretty much kill for a chocolate souffle about now. YUMMM!

    1. Well, don't resort to murder. The recipe is right there!

  3. This looks amazing. I've always been scared to try a souffle. I need to be brave and go for it!

    1. I have, too. I think chocolate is easier than the savory soufflés, and the trick of wiping the edge is important in making it stand up.

  4. Believe it or not, I'm not a raspberry fan, but who cares about recipes when there is an adorable baby to admire. What a beauty. So sweet and peaceful.
    Thank you for sharing the sweetness.

    1. You know, it's not my favorite. :) But anything with chocolate and I'm pretty happy.

  5. You had me at chocolate and raspberries, MJ. This looks SO good. And an adorable baby to boot. A win-win.

  6. Beautiful baby!

    And chocolate...oh, my. I'm on my way over. :)

    Thanks for the recipe!