(Almost) Healthy Chocolate Souffles

I made chocolate souffles! I am so proud of myself, I always thought they were pretty much the holy grail of baking and I’ve succeeded! At the end of a tiring day, a low fat chocolate souffle and a large glass of wine is just what I need!

They’re actually pretty easy to make, if you’re happy with whisking eggs to soft and stiff peaks you should be fine. I halved this recipe and made them in three ramekins, the texture is half moussey and half cakey, just perfect!

Quick and easy, here we go:

Makes 6
50g plain dark chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp instant espresso granules
4 tbsp golden caster sugar
150ml skimmed milk
2 eggs, separated
1 other egg white
1 tbsp cocoa powder for dusting 
 

Preheat the oven to 190°c, or 170°c for a fan oven. Put a baking tray in the oven to heat up. Grease 6 ramekins.

Heat the chocolate, cornflour, cocoa powder and coffee granules with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the milk in a pan over a low heat until the chocolate has melted. Continue heating, stirring all the time until the chocolate mixture starts to thicken. If you’ve ever made white sauce, you’ll recognise the point at which the chemical reaction happens and it starts to thicken. As soon as it starts to go, take it off the heat and stir until it has an even, smooth texture. You can cool it quickly by putting the pan in a shallow basin of cold water. Stir in the egg yolks.

Whisk all the egg whites in a large, grease – free bowl until softly peaking. Gradually whisk in the rest of the sugar until the eggs are stiffly peaking. (You’ve just made meringue!) Fold one third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture (it’s fine to do this in the cooled sauce pan). Then fold in the rest of the egg whites so the chocolate is evenly dispersed.

Spoon the chocolate souffle mixture into the ramekins, they should be about 2/3 full, leaving enough space for them to rise. Bake on the preheated baking tray for 12 minutes.

Dust with cocoa, photograph immediately to send to all your friends, and eat straight away!

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