Thomas Keller’s Chocolate Souffle

Thomas Keller's Chocolate Souffle

I have to be honest. I’m not sure which one gets me more excited … this luscious, Chef Thomas Keller chocolate souffle or the super sexy, stainless steel All-clad ramekin that it’s in (yes, in my world, pots can be sexy).

All-Clad_Soup Ramekins I have never used All-Clad cookware, so I was excited when All-clad recently contacted me and invited me to try this beautiful Thomas Keller chocolate souffle recipe in their souffle/soup ramekins. I was surprised at how heavy they were when I took them out of the box. And so shiny and cute. I immediately thought of a million uses for them (beyond the souffle). These pots will work on top of the stove or in the oven. A set of 2 is really quite reasonably priced for quality All-Clad cookware. They’ll last a lifetime!

After taking some time to admire the pots, it was time to break them in with the souffle recipe. Despite their reputation, souffles are actually fairly easy to make and require only a bit of care in preparation to ensure success. And what’s more, you can whip this up with things you probably already have in your pantry! (Makes this perfect for a great, last-minute Valentine’s dessert).

Another misconception about souffles is that they need to be made at the last minute. Fact is, you can make this souffle up a couple of hours ahead, refrigerate and just pop in the oven after dinner. And don’t worry yourself too much about having everyone seated with spoon in hand to receive your souffle right out of the oven. Relax, it’s going to be delicious. (I may be a wierdo, but I actually like my souffle lukewarm and a wee bit deflated).

Thomas Keller's Chocolate Souffle

Here are a few tips for souffle success:

  • Have your eggs at room temperature, so separate and let sit out for 30 minutes or so before starting.
  • Start to preheat your oven as soon as you start the recipe, so it has long enough to get up to consistent temperature.
  • Have all your ingredients measured and at the ready before you start. The process moves quickly, so having everything ready ahead prevents issues. Also be sure to have your baking pans greased, sugared and ready.
  • Make sure your chocolate base is pretty cool before adding your whipped egg whites. While my egg whites were whipping, I stirred the base a few times, to help it cool more quickly.
  • Don’t over-whip your egg whites. With a stand mixer, I start on speed 6 until, then raise to 7 and finally 8. Check often by stopping the mixer and dipping the whisk into the whites to check the consistency. Whites should be glossy and stand straight up, with only the tip falling over. That’s what you’re after.
  • Fold your egg whites gently into your chocolate just until mixed. Try not to over-mix.
  • Test your souffle before considering it done. It may look done but be ooey-gooey inside.
  • Don’t open the oven door during the cooking. Of course, it’s ok to do so near the end to test doneness.
  • You can bake souffles in a variety of vessels, from individual ramekins to small baking dishes. A tall, straight-sided, ovenproof dish, with straight sides, will help the soufflé rise. You can make a collar with parchment or foil to increase the height of low dishes. You can even use an oven-safe saucepan for a unique presentation!

Thomas Keller's Chocolate Souffle

All-Clad provided me with a complimentary set of ramekins in order to make and present this dessert. Thomas Keller’s Chocolate Souffle recipe courtesy of All-Clad, as well.

24 Comments

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Paula

    Oh – what a lovely dish (both the ramekin and the recipe!) I love all things Thomas Keller – and this one looks divine…thanks!

    • Reply February 13, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Paula. And the left-overs are surprisingly good a day later, I must say ;)

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    belllini

    Love All Clad, love chocolate..so I think I am ready.

    • Reply February 13, 2013

      Jennifer M

      You really can’t beat that combination, bellini ;)

  • What a beautiful Valentine’s dessert! And I love your stunning pictures!!!

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Chelsea. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Kristen @ The Endless Meal

    I splurged and bought a set of All Clad pots and pans last year and absolutely love them. They’re definitely worth the investment.

    Love your photos. So pretty and romantic!

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Kristen. I have a feeling I’m going to feel the need to add some more All-Clad to my kitchen, as well.

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Sophie

    Ohhh Thomas Keller! The master :) You made this sound so simple — are you sure you baked a souffle? Haha. I’m so envious of your All-Clad gift! Only the best bloggers get asked to do reviews ;) I would love to own a couple of these beauties!

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Jennifer M

      :) You know I bake a lot, Sophie and I can honestly say that I’ve baked a lot more challenging things than a souffle. Not really sure why they’ve earned their “difficult” reputation. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Renee

    So gorgeous, Jennifer. I baked my first chocolate soufflé a few months ago and I agree with you in that it was pretty simple, and delicious. Your new bakeware looks quite lovely. Hope you had a happy Valentine’s :)

    • Reply February 15, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Thanks Renee. We keep things pretty simple for V-Day, so just went out for heart-shaped pizza at Boston Pizza. In a small town with few dining options, that passes for festive :)

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Lani

    Looks so good. Plan on making them soon. in your description you say you can make this souffle up a couple of hours ahead, refrigerate and just pop in the oven after dinner. Do you complete the recipe up to the point of placing the mixture in the prepared pans before refrigerating, or upto the end of step 10.

    Thanks

    • Reply February 15, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Hi Lani, Just prepare through all the steps (putting batter into prepared dish or dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate if you won’t be cooking right away. They can go straight from fridge to oven (they may need a few more minutes of baking time though). Enjoy!

  • Looks fabulous! Thomas Keller never goes wrong. I recently purchased Bouchon Bakery cookbook and have been amazed by everything I’ve made out of it.

    All-Clad is the best too! Didn’t know that they made small ramekins like that :)

    • Reply February 23, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Hi Laura and thanks. Bouchon Bakery was the one cookbook that I asked for for Christmas. It’s a classic for anyone who loves to bake. As for the ramekins, they are so cute and I’ve used them for stew and soups as well. They also make a similar sized (small) oval baker that is shallower and would be great for desserts or warm dips, I think.

  • Reply June 16, 2013

    arianna c

    I am going to make this for father’s day. I am surprised it only takes one ounce of chocolate. Other chocolate souffle recipes take more. Is it a delicate chocolate flavor?

    • Reply June 16, 2013

      Jennifer M

      Hi Arianna, No, I wouldn’t say it is a delicate chocolate flavour. It’s a fairly small souffle, though, so maybe that’s why.

  • Reply October 29, 2013

    Ceciia

    Thank you for sharing your important tips to a perfect souffle. Can’t wait to try this ;)

    • Reply October 29, 2013

      Jennifer M

      You’re welcome and enjoy!

  • Reply February 2, 2014

    Louise Reynolds

    I just made this and it was wonderful! I loved that it wasn’t too sweet and that the chocolate was allowed to shine without having sweetness overwhelm it. Having said that, the sugar coating was perfect. Definitely a keeper recipe.

    • Reply February 2, 2014

      Jennifer M

      So glad you enjoyed it, Louise and I agree, it does let the chocolate shine!

  • Reply February 19, 2014

    Vanessa

    This looks amazing! :)

    • Reply February 19, 2014

      Jennifer M

      Thanks so much, Vanessa.

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