Warm Chocolate Rum Souffles with Chocolate Sauce
These are very light and chocolatey, and made even more wonderful by the addition of chocolate sauce and cream.
They’re also reasonably well-behaved and though they may shrink a little, they won’t collapse.
This recipe is from Delia's Complete How to Cook. Serves 6
First of all, pop the baking tray into the oven to pre-heat.
Now break the chocolate into a heatproof mixing bowl, add the rum and cream, and place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Leave it until the chocolate is just soft, which will take about 6 minutes, them remove it from the heat and beat with a wooden spoon until it's smooth and glossy. Allow it to cool. In the meantime, brush the ramekins with melted butter and dust with golden caster sugar.
Now, in a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks thoroughly and stir them into the chocolate mixture. Then, in another, large, grease-free bowl – and making sure the beaters of your electric hand whisk are clean and dry – whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. You can also watch how to whisk egg whites in our Online Cookery School on this page. Then, using a metal spoon, fold a quarter of the egg white into the chocolate mixture to loosen it and then fold in the rest gently and carefully. Next, pour the whole lot into the ramekins and bake on the baking tray for about 10 minutes, or until the soufflés are puffy and springy to the touch.
Meanwhile, make the chocolate sauce. Break the chocolate into another heatproof mixing bowl and add the cream. Place it over a pan of barely simmering water, once again making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. After about 6 minutes, remove it from the heat and beat it with a wooden spoon until smooth. Pour the sauce into a warmed jug and keep warm.
Serve the soufflés straight from the oven, dusted with the icing sugar. Hand round the chocolate sauce and cream in jugs – then the surface of the soufflés can be gently divided using a teaspoon, and the sauce and cream poured into the space.
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C).
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You will also need a medium-sized baking tray; six 3 inch (7.5 cm) deep ramekins, with a base diameter of 2½ inches (6 cm) and a top diameter of 3 inches (7.5 cm) (or six similar-sized heatproof dishes).