And now for the second chocolate souffle of the week! This one was picked by Susan of She's Becoming DoughMessTic. I'm kind of glad we both chose souffles in the same week, because it gave me a chance to compare the two, and I am becoming quite proficient at making meringue.
I made a quarter recipe of this one, and baked it in a jadeite chili/cereal bowl with about a 12oz capacity. Thanks to Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs for posting measurements for a quarter recipe, and keeping me from having to think too much!
Melissa and Dorie's recipes are quite similar, but there were a few main differences that I saw. One was that in the Sweet Melissa recipe calls for beating the egg yolks with half of the sugar until they double in volume, while Dorie just has you whisk them into the melted chocolate. I prefer the latter method, as it means one less dirty bowl... Melissa's recipe is flavored with Grand Marnier and orange zest, while Dorie's is purely chocolate. The other difference was that Melissa's recipe calls for butter and Dorie's has milk.
My little souffle baked for 20 minutes and came out perfectly done with a nice rise. I rushed to photograph it, then took a bite while it was still warm. Mmm... Really delicious. Much more chocolatey than the fallen chocolate souffle cake, and very much like a light and airy brownie. I got the crust that I was missing from the cake, and all in all really liked this recipe. This I would make again. I would be interested to see how this one would be as a fallen cake, because I love that idea.
I'm not sure why I liked this one so much better than the fallen chocolate souffle cake - it could have been that my expectations were very low - but it was gobbled up just minutes out of the oven, while I still have half of the other one dying in my fridge - though the texture certainly played a big part in my opinion. The cake was all the same texture, while this one had a wonderful crispy crust.
The only criticism I have is that it was a little sweet. So next time I make it I'll reduce the sugar.
Thanks to Susan for hosting this week. The chocolate souffle recipe can be found on her blog.