Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Saturday, 8th May 2010

The last few days have been a whirlwind, errands, appointments, the phone has been ringing of the hook, the house has been full with friends and family visiting to celebrate my birthday and among all the chaos I decided to make Chocolate Soufflé.  Liana and Matt cooked me a beautiful dinner, grilled tenderloin, baked potatoes on the barbecue and a tossed green salad, it’s one of my favourite meals. What more could you ask for on your birthday, feeling so special and loved.

A close up photo of a Hot Chocolate Souffle in a red ramekin on a white plate.

The inside of my house is starting to feel like spring.  I received two beautiful flower bouquets, one from my dear friend Denise and her family and my brother Gabe and his family.  I only wish the weather would cooperate.

A photo of a bouquet of flowers in a vase.

Yesterday was just dreadful, we had a terrible thunderstorm and it was so cold.  My little pup, Kisses, was absolutely terrified of the lightening and cracks of thunder, she didn’t leave my side the entire day.

A close up photo of a mixed flower bouquet.

I wanted something to warm up the insides and decided I would, once again, try my hand at soufflé but this time I tried Gordon Ramsay’s Recipe for Hot Chocolate Soufflé.  I was flipping through one of my favourite dessert books, Le Cordon Bleu, Dessert Techniques, it’s a great book to learn basic technique and it is full of tips, recipes and beautiful photos of some amazing desserts.  It also has a great deal of step by step instructions and teaches you how to incorporate different variations into a basic recipe.  I wanted a refresher lesson on the tips of making a good soufflé.

A close up photo of 2 Hot Chocolate Souffle in red ramekins on a white plate.

They suggested baking the soufflé in fruit containers instead of the usual ramekin. The other day, when I was at the market, I picked up some perfect sized oranges that would do the trick, plus the colour was such a deep orange, I thought they would look amazing.  I proceeded to slice a third off the top of the orange and removed the flesh.  I reserved the flesh and the juice and ran it through my food mill and replaced the milk in the recipe with equal amounts of the orange juice, I also added a few teaspoons of Cointreau.  As you can see from the pictures in this post, no photos with the orange cups, what a disaster, most of the soufflé mixture ended up outside of the orange than in it.  Thank goodness for the back up plan, I also made some using the usual ramekins, much better!

A close up photo of 3 Hot Chocolate Souffle in a red ramekins on a wooden platter.

Even though I had a mess up with the cups the soufflé was a major success, warm with chocolatey goodness, silky and light, it definitely hit the spot.  They poofed up beautifully, we tried so hard to capture it in the photos but unfortunately as you can see we had a difficult time snapping the perfect picture.

I doubled the batch and was grateful Matt had the boys over last night, the soufflés disappeared quickly and with all the oohs and aahs I heard coming from the basement they obviously enjoyed them.

A close up photo of 2 Hot Chocolate Souffle in red ramekins on a white plate.

Gordon Ramsay’s description of a soufflé, “very sexy pudding”.

A close up photo of a Hot Chocolate Souffle in a red ramekin on a white plate.

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5 Responses to “Gordon Ramsay’s Hot Chocolate Soufflé”

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  2. Eddie@CulinaryStudio Says:

    I’ve never made a souffle before, but you’re tempting me to give it a try. Those dishes you used, look great!

  3. Grace Says:

    Thank you Eddie

  4. Marly Says:

    These look beautiful and how perfect for your Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day and I’m so happy for you. You deserve it!

  5. Grace Says:

    Thank you Marley, had a magnificent day!

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