Most people are scared to make soufflés and I understand why. They are delicate desserts that are all about care, love and timing. I promise this is one you’ll want to try. It’s really easy to make and the taste is soo good. You have to like lime, because it’s one of the main flavors, but lime and chocolate go really well together. I loved how the whipped cream melts on top of the hot soufflés. You might be wondering why my soufflés don’t look more fluffy. Well, that was my fault I didn’t fill the dishes full enough. They did fluff up and they did sink in the middle like they are supposed to out of the oven.
Dark Chocolate-Lime Soufflés
(Adapted from Bon Appetite)
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons grated lime peel
10 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped (It is best to use good chocolate, but since I was just testing this recipe I used chocolate chips)
5 large eggs, separated, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chilled whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place six 3/4-cup soufflé dishes on baking sheet. Mash sugar and lime peel in small bowl.
Stir chopped chocolate in medium bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted.
Remove from over water; whisk in yolks, 2 tablespoons lime-sugar, and salt (mixture will become thick).
Beat egg whites in large bowl to soft peaks; add 2 tablespoons lime-sugar and beat until stiff but not dry.
Whisk 1/3 of whites into chocolate mixture to lighten; fold in remaining whites in 2 additions.
Fold in chocolate chips. Fill dishes with soufflé mixture, dividing equally.
Bake until softly set and puffed, about 14 minutes.
Meanwhile, whip cream, lime juice, and 4 tablespoons lime-sugar to firm peaks in medium bowl.
Top soufflés with cream. Sprinkle with more lime-sugar.