Mark Bittman's guide to chocolate soufflé

Want to treat the one you love to something sweet on Valentine's Day? Try this simple and tasty recipe for chocolate soufflé, from Mark Bittman, chef, New York Times food writer and author of "How to Cook Everything."

Chocolate soufflé
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Time: About 45 minutes


    • About 1 tablespoon butter for the dish
    • 1/3 cup sugar, plus some for the dish
    • 2 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, melted
    • 3 eggs, separated
    • Pinch salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon tartar


Baking Directions:

1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter two 2-cup or one 4-cup soufflé or other deep baking dish(es). Sprinkle each with sugar, invert it, and tap to remove excess sugar. 2. Whisk the egg yolks with the all but 1 tablespoon of sugar until very light and very thick; the mixture will fall in a ribbon from the ends of the beaters when it is ready. Mix in the melted chocolate until well combined; set aside. 3. Beat the egg whites with the salt and tartar until they hold soft peaks; continue to beat, gradually adding the remaining tablespoon of sugar, until they are very stiff and glossy. Stir a good spoonful of the whites thoroughly into the egg yolk mixture to lighten it; then fold in the remaining whites, using a rubber spatula. Transfer to the prepared soufflé dishes (at this point you can cover and refrigerate the soufflés until you're ready to bake them). 4. Bake until the center is nearly set, 20 minutes for individual soufflés and 25 to 35 for a single large soufflé. Serve immediately.