Monday, July 27, 2009

Chocolate Soufflé for Two

This isn't a true soufflé, but it's easy and provides a direct chocolate fix. Leonardo, it heals bruised kneecaps...or helps you forget the pain.

Mock Chocolate Soufflé for Two

2/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 (1 oz.) square unsweetened chocolate
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Sweetened whipped cream

In a double boiler, heat milk, sugar, chocolate and salt until chocolate melts. Add vanilla and beat smooth. Drop in eggs and beat 1 minute with an electric mixer. (You can use a hand rotary mixer, but an immersion blender doesn't add enough air to the finished soufflé.) Cover double boiler and cook 30 minutes - do NOT remove cover as it cooks. Don't peek, or stir, or worry about what's happening. Remove top of double boiler immediately, and don't wait too long to serve - I like to top servings with whipped cream, it will melt a bit.

Serves two, but can be doubled if you have a nice, deep double boiler.

If you don't have a double boiler, you can improvise one with two saucepans - be sure the smaller one has a tight-fitting lid.