You can never have too much chocolate, right? I know I’ve already written about chocolate, but since today is Valentine’s Day and that, by golly, is almost the feast of chocolate in my mind, I thought it’d be okay to revisit this amazing spice for life! Hopefully you won’t mind. I wanted to share with you this easy and delicious recipe for a chocolate soufflé that I know you’ll LOVE.

It is a Mark Bittman recipe that you can make ahead of time the same day, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator. It won’t rise quite as high but who cares? The drama is still impactful, as the photos show, and the taste is amazing. This allows you to just pop it into the oven as you near the end of your dinner and voila! You’ll be sure to dazzle your partner!

Have a wonderful, love-filled Valentine’s Day, as you make your dinner with LOVE!

Love, Mary Frances

Chocolate Soufflé – serves 2 – 4 – adapted from Mark Bittman

About 1 tbs. butter for dish
1/3 cup sugar, plus some for dish
3 eggs, separated
2 oz. good quality bittersweet chocolate, melted (I use Scharffen Berger)
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter one 4-cup soufflé or other deep baking dish. Sprinkle all over with sugar, invert it and tap to remove excess sugar.

Beat egg yolks with all but 1 tablespoon sugar until very light and very thick; mixture will fall in a ribbon from beaters when it is ready. Mix in the melted chocolate until well combined; set aside.

Wash beaters well, then beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until whites hold soft peaks; continue to beat, gradually adding remaining tablespoon sugar, until they are very stiff and glossy. Stir a good spoonful of whites thoroughly into egg yolk mixture to lighten it; then gently fold in remaining whites, using a rubber spatula. Transfer to prepared soufflé dish; at this point you can cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.

Bake until center is nearly set, 25 to 35 minutes. Serve immediately.


About The Author

My name is Mary Frances. I am a designer, creative director, painter, wife, mother and cook. I own an internationally recognized, award-winning brand development and marketing communications firm in New York City, and am a graduate of Parsons School of Design. I especially love to cook and serve great food to make people content and happy. Hearing mmmm’s makes my heart soar. I grew up in suburban St. Louis, in Webster Groves, the youngest of six and the only girl. (Yes, that’s FIVE older brothers!) My mom was a great home cook, and she made sure that I could make a mean pie from scratch. After Parsons, I married, had two boys and moved from NYC to the NJ suburbs where I threw myself into cooking and entertaining. Now it’s time for me to share the great recipes, tips, stories and LOVE with you. The inspiration for LOVE – the secret ingredient came from our youngest son when he wrote in a gift cookbook that the one ingredient that was ever-present in my meals was love. When you cook with LOVE, everything just tastes better.

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