We continue celebrating the best and most delicious events of our calendar to go, this time, with one of the sweetest. Well, every February 28th is celebrated the Chocolate Souffle Day. A spongy dessert, with a very light and pleasant texture and, above all, a spectacular taste. Will you join us to celebrate it?
For those of you who are not familiar with soufflés, they are elaborations whose basic ingredient is egg whites stiffened to the point of snow. This is the basis of the airy, fluffy and light texture of the soufflé. They also include other ingredients, depending on whether they are sweet or savory preparations. All cooked in the oven.
They have their origin in France. In fact, its name comes from the French verb souffler, which means to blow, to inflate. Since these elaborations seem to be filled with air, an inflated snack with a spectacular and spongy texture.
It is believed that its origin was between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when it began to appear on the menus of the best restaurants of the time.
Chocolate Souffle Day
Although we have researched this day very thoroughly, we have not been able to find its creator. So it is unknown who was the author of this sweet date.
What we do know is that Chocolate Souffle Day originated in the United States, where the great majority of gastronomic anniversaries are born. And, being such an appreciated and popular sweet all over the world, this preparation has quickly spread to other places.
Celebrate Chocolate Soufflé Day with this great recipe
Soufflés are made in individual, tall, oven-safe containers, because when the soufflé is baked, it must double in volume. The way of baking these elaborations is in the oven. Traditionally, these recent ones are known as Ramekines.
If you do not have individual containers for the oven, you can get them in any shopping mall or supermarket. You can also find them in any homeware store.
One of the key points of this preparation is to beat the egg whites until stiff. This is essential for the soufflé to acquire its characteristic texture.
Even so, if the first few times you see that it does not rise, or the result is not as expected, do not worry. It is a complex preparation that requires some practice. The oven also has a great influence. So if the first few times it doesn’t turn out as expected, don’t worry, it’s completely normal.
Let’s see how to make these great chocolate souffles to celebrate your day
Chocolate Souffle Recipe
- 2 Yolks
- 4 Egg whites
- 100 Chocolate for melting
- 1 tsp Cocoa powder
- 40 g Butter
- Butter to grease the molds
- 20 g Sugar
- Let's start by greasing the molds with butter. To do this, we will take it out of the fridge a few hours before, or we will put it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to spread it in the mold.Once we have greased all the molds, we will distribute a little sugar in each one of them, so that it sticks to the butter on the bottom and walls of the mold. Then put them in the refrigerator until the Souffle dough is ready.
- Continue separating the egg whites from the yolks. Put the yolks in a bowl with the sugar and beat well until everything is completely integrated. Set aside.
- Now we are going to melt the chocolate and butter. We can do it in the microwave or in a bain-marie. If we opt for the microwave, it is better to put it several times but in very short periods of time. We stop and stir well and then continue with a few seconds more in the microwave. This will prevent the chocolate from burning.
- When the chocolate is completely melted and integrated with the butter, mix it with the egg yolks and sugar. Add the cocoa powder.
- In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat well until the egg whites form peaks. You can add a pinch of sugar to make it easier.Check that the egg whites are well whipped if, when you turn the bowl, the cream does not move (do it carefully and little by little so as not to throw all the egg whites, if you see that they move, they are not whipped at all).
- Once the egg whites are whipped, we are going to integrate them into the chocolate with enveloping movements. We must mix them carefully, delicately, to prevent the whites from dropping. We will do it using a tongue or spatula, and with enveloping movements.
- Fill the molds that we had reserved in the refrigerator, flush, and continue baking. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 12 to 15 minutes.After this time, serve immediately, because as soon as it cools it will begin to cool.You can decorate with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top.
As we have mentioned, this preparation can be somewhat complex, especially if it is the first time you dare to make a soufflé. However, the result is so wonderful that it is worth it. Besides, we have to celebrate Soufflé Day as it deserves!
Did you know that this is not the only day to celebrate the Soufflé? Cheese Soufflé also has its own day on the calendar, and it is celebrated every May 18th.
And with this we finish celebrating this magnificent day. If you liked it, don’t forget to celebrate this day with a magnificent and sweet Chocolate Souffle. And remember to share it with everyone using the hashtag #ChocolateSouffleDay. Whether you knew about this day or not, don’t forget to leave us your comments, ideas, tips… We love to read you!