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Melting Chocolate Soufflé

Hot oozing chocolate in yo mouth. (With vanilla ice cream!)

Hot. Melting. Lava. Chocolate. Cake.  This was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. I’ve only had it two times at restaurants- once at Roy’s Hawaii Fusion, and once on a cruise and both times were extraordinarily delicious!  I didn’t realize it wasn’t too hard to make.  Roy’s actually posts the recipe on their website.  See below for the recipe.

Some of the ingredients

Sugar & cornstarch. 2 whole eggs + 2 egg yolks.  Extra egg whites for my breakfast.  (I halved the recipe)

Ready to be refrigerated

After melting the butter and chocolate, combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate overnight.  I cheated and only kept it in there for four (maybe three..) hours.

F-stop too low. Preparing the ramekins.

I found a tip from this site that said to use ramekins if you don’t have soufflé rings.  Line the bottoms and sides with parchment paper and spray with non-stick baking spray.

Chilled batter --> Molds

Ready to be baked.

I baked these for 21 minutes and probably could have taken them out a minute or two sooner, but wait until the tops are just set and the inside is still runny.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I think this goes really well with vanilla ice-cream. Mine obviously was too melted but delicious nonetheless.

You know you wanted to see this again

Recipe: Roy’s Classic Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé

1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
4 eggs plus 4 egg yolks
12 tbsp. butter
8 oz. semisweet dark chocolate (make sure to use a good quality)

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch. In a separate bowl, mix eggs and yolks together. In a saucepan, bring butter to a simmer, then add the chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is smooth and begins to simmer along the edges. Combine this chocolate mixture with the sugar and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Add eggs and mix at low speed until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate overnight in a bowl.

Preheat oven to 375º. Line 4 metal soufflé rings with parchment paper and coat with non-stick spray. On a baking sheet, place each ring on a square of parchment paper. Fill 2/3 of each ring with the filling. Bake for 28-30 minutes. Remove the baking sheet. While holding each mold with tongs, slide a metal spatula underneath and transfer to a plate. Gently lift the mold off, remove the paper and serve with ice cream.

My notes:

I bought my ramekins from Crate & Barrel and these smaller sizes only needed half of the above recipe to make two.  I probably could have made one more with the batter.  Again, since these are smaller than regular soufflé rings, bake them for around 20 minutes instead of the suggested 28-30.  I started checking up on them at 18 minutes and left them in until about 21 minutes.


Chewy Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s another amazing recipe from joythebaker‘s blog.  My good friend sent me this cookie recipe and insisted that I MUST try it.  And it is definitely not your average chocolate chip cookie!  I made my own brown sugar using dark molasses which gave the cookie a very nice caramel taste.  Salty, chewy, caramel-y, and very chocolate-y all in one!

Ok, here goes.

New ingredients that I’ve never worked with before.

It’s pretty awesome to know I can make my own brown sugar. All it is is sugar+molasses! Extremely easy.

A lot of stirring.

And more stirring. But the brown sugar finally formed. (The whisk worked wonders)

Cookie dough balls.

I learned from Joy’s blog that salt helps to bring out the caramel flavor.

All done!

Next time, I’d try to make them thinner.

Taken with a Nikon D90.

You can find the recipe here.

M. Stewart’s Biscuit Sandwich Cookies

This chocolate filled biscuit recipe was found in the book Martha Stewart’s Cookies, gifted to me and my sister and by my cousin.  I went a little overboard with the egg yolk-cream brushing for the top of the cookies, so the colors came out uneven and darker than the picture in the book.  However, I really like that the colors came out looking like this!

Result: crunchy, chocolate-y, and slightly salty.  Mmmm I love that course salt in cookies.

Taken with a Nikon D90

My love for baking

I’m not sure when my love for baking began, but I remember my first baking photography shoot. I was in high school and had found an amazing recipe from allrecipes.com for gooey cinnamon buns.  These tasted so good and I couldn’t believe that I was able to commit three hours into making something that happened to turn out so perfect!  I now still love to bake and find great joy in being able to self-satisfy my sweet tooth (: On top of that, I also love photographing baked goods!

I recently found an interesting chocolate cookie recipe from Saveur magazine that was originally from a New York Times cookbook.  This is no ordinary chocolate chip cookie as both the texture and the ingredients differ from your normal soft and chunky-chocolate type of cookie.  The cookies are very flat, crispy, yet chewy, and have an interesting mixture of chocolate, nuts, and butter.

The recipe calls for shaved chocolate which I learned is NOT easy to make! Attempting to shave a large piece of chocolate using a slicer/grater is hard work.  On top of that, I accidentally shaved three times the amount needed, but I guess this means I won’t have to go through sticky hands and sore forearms again the next time I make these!

I recommend this recipe for those who like a thin, buttery, and crunchy bite.  The cookies are delightful!

Taken with a Nikon D5000 (shortly before I returned it for a D90)