Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TWD - Chocolate Souffle




One of the things that I love the most about Tuesdays with Dorie is the fact that it sometimes takes me beyond the scope of my experience into making something that I have never attempted before, and if I must confess, am a little scared of. So it was this week when our host, Susan of She's Becoming DoughMessTic, chose Dorie's Chocolate Souffle as our challenge.

I have never previously made a souffle, either sweet or savoury; in fact, I can't remember eating one either! Having heard of the notoriously temperamental nature of the souffle, I was rather nervous about this challenge. Would my souffle rise? Or would it sink horribly in the middle, like a hat that has been squashed beneath a backside on a school bus seat?

Behold my joy when my souffle rose proudly above the top of the souffle dish, if only for a brief moment in time. (I collared my souffle dish, even though the recipe did not require it.)



This souffle is very chocolatey and rich; a small amount goes a long way. As to how it compares with other souffles, I cannot say, as this is the first souffle that I have made or tasted. It was good, but perhaps not so good that I would make it again, especially given the quantity of chocolate involved in making it.

Thanks to Susan for taking me above and beyond this week, and do check out how the other TWD bakers fared with the souffle at the TWD blogroll.

27 comments:

Jennifer said...

Your souffle is beautiful!!!!!

Anh said...

Your souffle lools so nice! Yum!

Amanda said...

Looks like it turned out perfect! I laughed at myself. I forgot to whisk in my egg yolks! But what I thought would be a failure actually tasted pretty good ;)

George@CulinaryTravels said...

That souffle is fabulous. Oh how I'd like to be the one eating it.

Brenda said...

Looks good to me!
Chocolatey and rich? Mmmm sounds like a winner to me!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That's what I love about those baking groups-the chance to try something that I normally wouldn't! It looks wonderful! :D

Emily said...

Goodness gracious. I want to grab a spoon and dig in. I've never made a souffle before.

Noooo Elisa! Don't leave!

Oh my gosh. The captcha is "dying". That freaks me out.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Jen!

Hi Anh, thanks. It was delish, but ever so rich, so maybe not so much my thing.

LOl Amanda - that's great!!! I like it when things which seemed to be going terribly wrong unexpectedly turn out well.

George, I honestly wish you'd been here to have some. I made it one Sunday evening, had a slice, then took the whole deflated remainder into work.

Hi Brenda,I think it would be great served warm with good vanilla icecream.

Agreed Lorraine - and thanks :)

LOL Em - I was keen to have someone help me out with it, and as it was I took it into work next day for them to finish it off - one of my weirder offerings. Elisa left us - I am so sad!! It has only been 2 days so far, but we miss her heaps.

Kayte said...

It looks just wonderful, and thanks for the inside shot as well...I always tend to forget inside shots, but they are so helpful to see what things are supposed to look like inside!

lasinthekitchen said...

Isn't it fantastic when our first attempts at something that's outside our comfort zone hits the ball out of the park? (Mine, maybe not out of the park, but I'll live vicariously through you...) I love the photo of your souffle with a bite taken, shows off the chocolatey-ness even more! Looks fab! =)

Cathy said...

Your souffle looks fabulous! This was really fun to make, and to experience a little bit of souffle success. It certainly was chocolaty!

The Blonde Duck said...

Yea for the rising souffle!

doughmesstic said...

You did an excellent job, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks for baking along with me this week!
Susan of www.doughmesstic.com

Kim said...

Looks wonderful. Glad it puffed for you. I loved this one.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love your soufflè I made individuals but a large one is impressive !!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

gorgeous! it was rich and delicious!

Julia @ Mélanger said...

Well done on the souffle. Mine have only been flops in the past! :)

Cakelaw said...

Hi Kayte, I know - I am often curious as to what things look like inside to help me decide whether or not to make them.

Hi Lori, I am with you - I just have to keep reality in check and know that the next one is likely to be a flop so that I don't get ahead of myself.

Thanks Cathy, so agreed.

LOL Duckie - always a poet :)

Hi Susan, thank you for introducing me to souffle.

Hi Kim, I am so glad that you liked it.

Hi Natalia, I toyed with making individuals, but then I thought for the purpose of sharing at work I'd make a big one and splurged on the big dish.

Thanks Steph - I agree, it was rich and delicious.

Thanks Julia - I fully expected mine to be, so it was nice that something worked first time.

Pamela said...

Very nice! It was my first one, too. Yeah...success for both of us. Nice job!

Ellie said...

Nice souffle! I haven't tried any Dorie's recipe, because her cookbook is not available in any bookstore in Sydney. It's time to visit amazon.com

margot said...

It looks fantastic, great job! I think this might be the first full-size one I've seen. I wanted more than the quarter recipe I made, but since a little goes a long way, a half would probably be sufficient.

isa said...

Your chocolate soufflé looks delicious and nicely puffed!

margot said...

Your souffle is beautiful!!!
Margot

Clivia said...

This was my first souffle too. I'm not sure I'd make it again either but I'm glad I tried. Yours seems to have risen beautifully!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Clivia, LOL - 2 great minds think alike.

TeaLady said...

Sounds like this was a first for lots of us.

Yours looks beautiful.

pinkstripes said...

Your souffle looks fantastic. Next you have to try a savory version, they're awesome.