5 from 41 votes

Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate Souffle recipe from Matt Adlard's book Bake it Better!

Chocolate Souffle may be one of the most romantic desserts I can think of. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s warm, rich chocolate, with a luscious texture, and whomever you bake it for will be spellbound by its almost magical loft. I used to think this was a dessert you could, should, and would only bake on a special occasion. The stress of getting it right was as great as the feeling of absolute elation at seeing the soufflé expanding in the oven.

Chocolate Souffle on top of Matt Adlard's book Bake it Better!

When I opened Matt Adlard’s book, Bake It Better, and saw his perfect chocolate souffle with the claim ”Do I dare say this soufflé has never failed me?” I knew it was the recipe I would try first from his debut book. HE DOES NOT LIE! I have made this recipe three times and each one has been perfection.

I’ve made them in several sizes and even for a last-minute dessert after dinner on a Tuesday just because I was in the mood. This recipe has changed my attitude about soufflé and it will be a staple in your recipe repertoire as well. You really must try this one!

His book shares all of the tips, techniques, tricks, and ways to master the basics and level up to showstopping desserts. The soufflé is a great place to start and we are lucky that Matt has generously shared the recipe with us all below. I am also thrilled to give you a chance to win a copy of his book!

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Chocolate Souffle in a white ramekin

Chocolate Soufflé

“Do I dare say this soufflé has never failed me? It might be risky to jinx a souffle, but this dessert delivers on beauty and taste every time. The soufflé has the perfect rise, and is light with a rich chocolate flavor. Every baker has to have a chocolate soufflé in their locker and this is the one to show off your baking skills.” —Matt
5 from 41 votes
Servings: 4 soufflés
Author: Matt Adlard

Equipment

  • 4 3.5 x 2.2-inch (9×5.5cm) ramekins
  • Piping bag with a large round tip nozzle

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter softened, for coating
  • granulated/caster sugar for coating

for the beurre manié

  • 50 g unsalted butter softened
  • 55 g all-purpose/plain flour
  • 1 g sea salt

for the soufflé base

  • 270 g whole milk
  • 50 g granulated/caster sugar
  • 195 g chopped dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids
  • 115 g egg yolks

for the meringue

  • 180 g egg whites
  • 3 g freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 70 g granulated/caster sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 320°F/160°C.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the insides of four 3.5 x 2.2-inch (9×5.5cm) ramekins with the softened unsalted butter, ensuring to stroke upward with the brush.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of sugar in the ramekins and swirl the sugar around to coat the ramekins. Tap the ramekins to remove any excess sugar. Set aside.
  • To make the beurre manié, in a medium bowl, combine the butter, flour, and salt. Use a spatula to beat until a thick, dry paste forms. Set aside.
  • To make the soufflé base, in a medium saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat, combine the milk and sugar. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the beurre manié. Keep whisking until the beurre manié has broken down and been absorbed into the milk. About 30 seconds.
  • Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk for 1-2 minutes until the mixture has thickened. When you lift the mixture with the whisk, it should be slightly elastic in consistency and not too runny.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the chopped dark chocolate until completely melted.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the egg yolks. Beat with a spatula until the eggs have been completely combined. Set aside.
  • To make the French meringue, in a medium bowl, combine the egg whites and lemon juice. Whisk with an electric hand whisk on a medium-low speed until frothy, then slowly add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Increase the speed of the hand whisk to medium-high and whisk until the meringue has stiff peaks.
  • Fold the meringue into the soufflé base in three stages, ensuring you scoop the bottom of the bowl and there are no streaks of meringue left.
  • Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip nozzle.
  • Use the piping bag to fill the ramekins with the mixture. Use an offset spatula to completely smooth the tops so the mixture is flush with the rims of the ramekins. Use your thumb to carefully create a very small lip around the inside edge of each ramekin. Clean the outsides of the ramekins of any of the mixture.
  • Place the ramekins in the oven and bake for about 16 to 20 minutes. They should be well risen above the rim.
  • Remove the ramekins from the oven and serve immediately.
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157 thoughts to “Chocolate Souffle”

  1. 5 stars
    Made the recipe this morning and it came out beautiful. I’m definitely saving this one! Thank you for sharing, love Matt

  2. I’m going to include two faves, because I’m not sure if the first would count as a chocolate dessert, but I looove a good chocolate chip cooking. Currently, I’m loving Claire Saffitz’s chocolate chip cookie recipe from Dessert Person. My favorite fully chocolate dessert is chocolate ice cream. David Lebovitz has a fabulous recipe that I enjoy making 🙂

  3. Flourless chocolate brownie tart with raspberry sauce and homemade whipped cream is my favorite go-to chocolate dessert.

  4. I was married in 1973 and received the Good Housekeeping Cookbook as a gift. And I’ve been making the Chocolate Mousse recipe on page 492 ever since. Not only is it delicious and simple, it only requires chocolate chips, eggs, and vanilla to make. I always have these ingredients on hand so I can always rely on it. It is also easy to size up or down as needed.

  5. 5 stars
    I’m a chocoholic so this is like saying which is your favorite child. I love whatever chocolate I’m eating. My nephew is a pastry chef and last Christmas he brought chocolate creme brûlées to our gathering and it was divine!!

  6. I like the flourless chocolate lava cake from Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve been making it for…um, quite a few years now!!

  7. 5 stars
    A chocolate ganache tart is hard to beat, but a simple double chocolate cookie is also a fave! Can’ wait to try the souffle!

  8. One of my favorites is a dairy free, gluten free ‘Mock’ chestnut torte which I always make for holidays. It involves a cooked and well mashed sweet potato and tastes like the best decadent creamy chocolate torte. Usually frosted with a rich chocolate ganache. Always a hit.
    Can’t wait to try this souffle though. I love souffles but rarely get to have, let alone make them!

  9. Probably a most favorite chocolate dessert would be Rose Levy Berenbaum’s Placido Domingo cake, as it was one of the first exotically delicious dessert years ago when I first bumped up my baking game. Thanks for the chance to add Matt’s chocolate soufflé’ to my repertoire!

  10. 5 stars
    I’m a chocoholic. My favorite chocolate recipe has to be from my mom. She had two recipes from the Hershey cocoa box. One was for their fudge and the other was for chocolate cake. I still use these two recipes today.

  11. My favorite has always been a sheet cake with chocolate/pecan frosting which my Mom had titled Sheet Cake Brownies although they are not brownies at all. I’ve recently acquired a chocolate chip bundt cake recipe from a friend that is fantastic also.

  12. 5 stars
    My fave chocolate recipe is a simple chocolate cake, with an American buttercream frosting, eaten late at night in the kitchen.

  13. 5 stars
    My favorite chocolate dessert is chocolate brownies. My goal this year is to step up my baking skills this year. I’m going to try this recipe and make it for Valentine’s Day.

  14. I see chocolate souffle in my future!
    My favorite chocolate recipe is Spelt Brownies from “A New Way to Bake”. I also have a recipe for a microwave steamed chocolate pudding that’s a decades old fav.

  15. There’s a NYT chocolate pots de crème recipe that is my go to. And of course Zöe Bakes chocolate devil’s food cake, because it is perfect.

  16. My favorite chocolate recipe is an old family recipe we got from my mom’s friend (who got it from someone else). We call it Judy’s chocolate cake. Not only does it have cocoa and chocolate chips, it has grated apple and apricot nectar in it. I made it for every birthday party for all four of my kids. My kids and their friends call it “the taste of our childhood!”

  17. 5 stars
    I love a slice of milk chocolate,peanut butter pie. It’s such a wonderful blend of salty and sweet ❤️ I can’t wait to try Matt’s soufflé recipe and read his new cookbook!!

  18. 5 stars
    A decadent chocolate souffle on a Tuesday?! Wow!

    My fav go to chocolate dessert is the chocolate whiskey cake adapted from Dol Miles, the pastry chef at Frank Stitt’s Bottega restaurant in Birmingham, Ala. The adapted version has coffee, black pepper and cloves with chocolate and whiskey (of course!)

  19. This is going to be my first souffle. I’ve been very excited to try making one. I’m very excited

    I tend to go with things that are chocolate and peanut butter. One of my favorites is chocolate brownie with peanut butter frosting.

  20. My favorite chocolate dessert is La Maison du Chocolat’s Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse. It is absolutely exquisite!

  21. Can’t wait to try this souffle recipe! A souffle is intimidating, to say the least, but my fingers are crossed this will be a winner. My favorite chocolate recipe is my Mom’s Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, and she got the recipe from her Mom–a from-scratch recipe through and through. Though I’ve baked other chocolate cakes over the years, this family favorite is now the ONLY one my 35-year-old son requests for his birthday. It was a bittersweet moment to pass the recipe and it’s history on to my son’s fiancé’ but she loves to bake, and it’s time to share the joy.

  22. Thank you for the chance to win the book. I have a number of favorite chocolate recipes, one of which is triple chocolate biscotti. I would like to try the chocolate silk pie recipe.

  23. 5 stars
    Fav chocolate recipe has got to be my roommate’s vegan chocolate cake. I’m not vegan, but it’s now the only chocolate cake I will ever make! So moist, so chocolaty, so delicious.

  24. Lifetime lover of chocolate right here! Currently my favorite recipe is studio baked’s Dark chocolate brownies with a crackle top. Very excited to try this soufflé recipe!

  25. 5 stars
    Boconne Dolci from a treasury of Great recipes by Vincent Price
    Not only chocolate, but strawberries, whipped cream and hazel nuts.

  26. Ooooh! I’m excited to try this! I’ve never made a soufflé! And I’m always looking for a good coffee brownie!

  27. 5 stars
    Having just made Zoe’s Hot chocolate cake that is my current favourite chocolate dessert.

    But seriously I love all chocolate desserts.

  28. It’s hard to beat a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, for my fave chocolate dessert. If not that, See’s candy….particularly Bordeaux.

  29. My grandmother used to make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I have her recipes, and the cake always comes out great, but the icing is a different matter–sometimes it works, and sometimes it is liquid. She used to beat the icing by hand, and it was like fudge. I love the memories of having her chocolate cake every birthday…I’d really love to have one more of the cakes she made (with lots of love)!

  30. 5 stars
    I am a dyed-in-the-wool chocolate addict. I recently made a mocha crème brûlée topped with fresh raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream. Everyone asked for more…

  31. My favorite chocolate dessert is chocolate biscotti from the Last Course cookbook by Claudia Fleming. I plan to try this soufflé recipe, maybe it will become my new favorite.

  32. Flourless Chocolate Ancho Chili Cake. Better yet the second day if you are lucky enough to have leftovers.
    Looking forward to trying this!

  33. Perhaps this isn’t exactly the answer you were looking for, but I love a good chocolate mousse and ganache together! The texture of two of them together is divine! Thanks for the giveaway, btw! 🙂

  34. My go-to chocolate recipe for 20+ years has been Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ‘Molten Chocolate Cakes’. A recipe from my Food & Wine, July 1999 magazine. The page is aging and has drippings of chocolate and butter on it, well worn and well loved. 🙂
    That said, I’m making the Chocolate Souffle recipe this year for Valentines Day!
    Love and chocolate, Thank you for the recipe!

  35. I love a chocolate cake with prunes. It is from a Dorie Greenspan’s book. I would love to win the book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  36. I love a good chewy brownie. Just a few days ago I was looking for a soufflé recipe – this is the one I’ll be trying!

  37. 5 stars
    Looking forward to trying. My favorite chox recipe is my one pot chox cake!
    Mix and even bake if u wish in the one saucepan!!

  38. 5 stars
    My failsafe is a chocolate torte with salted caramel sauce and praline. This looks lovely though.. I may need to give it a try!

  39. The best chocolate is as pure as you can get it. A lovely ganache, in the form of a chocolate bonbon is my favorite!

  40. My favorite chocolate dessert is a dark chocolate brownie cookie with sea salt. The salt makes the difference on the flavor, along with the Valhrona cocoa.

  41. 5 stars
    Chocolate is a food group to me! Flourless chocolate cake, brownie with a hint of coffee, even a classic chewy chocolate chip cookie are recipes I will often make (and get requests to make!).

  42. 5 stars
    Oh, I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but I grew up with Texas Sheet Cake, and I’m not sure it’s called that anywhere else. Basically, a dense chocolate cake baked in a 9 x 13 pan, topped with what’s essentially fudge.

  43. My favorite chocolate dessert is chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream. It covers all the bases of a great dessert — cakey, gooey, creamy.

  44. Favorite chocolate dessert? Anything from Maida Heatter’s Book of Grear Chocolate Desserts – her County Fair Chocolate Layer Cake is a birthday staple in our house.
    But now I will try Cheryl Day’s Chocolate Heaven and this delicious looking soufflé!

  45. I love all things chocolate! My favorite chocolate desert is something I call “ death by chocolate.” It’s a triffle made of chocolate brownies layered with chocolate mousse and whipped cream!

  46. So hard to choose just one! For an ultimate chocolate experience it would have to be a Chocolate Truffle Cake. Our go-to though for birthday cakes is Zoe’s devil food cake or hot chocolate cake layered with frosting. Yum!

  47. 5 stars
    I use an olive oil Brownie recipe that is so scrumptious! It’s soft on the inside and crackle on the top and I add walnuts and dried cherries to the batter.

  48. My grandmother’s Mississippi Mud Cake. Have not made it in years but will now make for Valentines Day! Thanks for making me think of her❤️ Love your site and books and hope to win Matt’s book! He is an inspiration on Instagram!

  49. My favorite is Kitchen Sink Cookies, which have an oatmeal cookie base with tons of chocolate chips in addition to walnuts, raisins, and coconut. They’re a family favorite!

  50. I would love to win Matt’s book. Thank you Zoë and Matt for sharing the recipe this chocolate soufflé. I’ll be making it for my husband on Valentine’s Day.❤️ My favorite chocolate recipe has got to be Lora Brody’s Chocolate Bête-Noire cake, although Cheryl Day’s “Chocolate Heaven Cake” is a close second.

    1. I love the simplicity of a chocolate souffle! My favorite chocolate is the one-bowl brownie on the Bakers box…very old school.
      Thanks, Zoe for all the wonderful baking inspiration!

  51. This is a great idea for Valentine’s Day! You have inspired me.

    Partial to brownies, the original ina garten recipe, made with sharffenberger chocolate. Yum.

  52. My favorite chocolate recipe is the chocolate brownie recipe I made that my husband said was the best thing I ever made.

  53. My favorite chocolate recipe is Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies, they are dense, slightly chewy and my friends beg me to make them. There’s a recipe for chocolate cupcakes called “killer cupcakes” that I found in an old church cookbook that takes second place for me. Chocolate is one of life’s best pleasures!

  54. My favorite varies depending on my mood….chocolate truffle cookies, apricot brownies, chocolate raspberry cupcakes, chocolate midnight cake, chocolate sponge, I could go on forever!

  55. My favorite chocolate recipe is one a friend gave me called Kathryn Hepburn’s Famous Brownies that she Made for Spence. Baked them in a heart shape pan and mailed them to my then boyfriend 5 states away in 1982. A few weeks later we were engaged! (But looking forward to trying this one!)

  56. I cannot go with one favorite. I love french silk pie and chocolate mousse. I am going to try this chocolate souffle recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  57. My favorite chocolate dessert is a really good chocolate mousse! This chocolate soufflé recipe is very appealing to me. I love making these kinds of desserts!

  58. I just made soufflés with peanut butter in the middle two days ago. It must be that time of year! I look forward to trying this version. My favorite chocolate dessert is a classic cake.

  59. Our favorite chocolate recipe is the Hot Chocolate Cake recipe with those homemade marshmallows I’ve actually made it twice in the past 2 weeks … one for a friends birthday, and then again for my kids/grandkids! Can’t wait to try this chocolate soufflé, next week when we have company in town. YUM!

  60. 5 stars
    Chocolate souffle is my absolute favorite dessert. Unfortunately, it is challenging to serve right after dinner. I look forward to making this for my valentine of 24 years!

  61. Favorite chocolate??? Any chocolate. I especially love deep, dark, intense chocolate truffles. Easy to make and melt in the mouth.

  62. 5 stars
    It’s a tie: I do love a chocolate souffle and a giant bowl of chocolate mousse served family (Paris bistro) style!

  63. Favorite chocolate recipe is Alice Medrich’s Chocolate Ruffle Cake. Takes all day, worth every minute.
    Next is German Chocolate Cake –buttermilk and sweet chocolate–heaven!

  64. Chocolate mousse is my all time favorite chocolate dessert, not that I would turn down any other offerings! Also just a pure chocolate brownie, the fudgy kind. My mom used to make a version with a can of Hershey’s that I loved, it has this chocolate glaze type topping that ends of kind of crunchy as it sets.

  65. My favorite is Chocolate mousse and souffle. I was planning to do Coeur ala Creme with strawberries, for Valentine’s Day dinner, but I think I have changed my mind and will try this Chocolate Souffle, that is tempting me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  66. 5 stars
    My favorite that I’ve made so far is a chocolate lava cake for valentine’s day. I had a baking blog and it was something I’d never tried. So easy and so good. Thanks for this giveaway and for all the great recipes and content!

  67. My very favorite would be Lindsey Shere’s Rich Chocolate Cake from Chez Panisse desserts. It is simple and perfect in every way chocolate. I have been making it for almost 20 years and everytime I make it confirms how wonderfully chocolate it is.

    My second is my sister-in-law’s chocolate crackle toasted pecan ice cream topping. It forms a crunchy coating when poured over ice cream and is so simple and yet sublimely chocolate!

  68. 5 stars
    My favorite chocolate recipe is my chocolate truffles. Everyone loves them and I’ve given hundreds of them away to friends and family. Rather than rolling them in cocoa powder, I dip them into melted chocolate. After they are decorated with luster dust (pink for raspberry, gold for Amaretto, etc.) and refrigerated, there’s a divine contrast between the creamy center and a slightly crunchy covering.

  69. 5 stars
    Chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect combination, so I’m going to say my favorite is a chocolate peanut butter pie.

  70. I love a good brownie…the middle piece after they have come out of the oven, rich, dark and chocolate!! The ooey gooey goodness of this chocolate treat cannot be beat, in my estimation! Oh, my goodness! Now I have to go and bake a batch of brownies!!

  71. Hello. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I first fell in love with Souffle’s that were offered at a wonderful restaurant called Buena Vista in Woodside, CA. You would need to place an order ahead with your inner reservation to enjoy it. I’ve always been intimidated to try making one and I am now encouraged. Thank you!

    One of my very favorite recipes is a Giandua Chocolate Torte. Many steps, but soooo worth it!

  72. Matt’s Chocolate Chunk Brownies, fabulous!!!! I’m definitely going try this chocolate souffle, as well as Zoe’s Burnt Sugar souffle which sounds like heaven!! I’ve never made a souffle, but you make it seem deliciously possible!!!

  73. I’m so excited to try this souffle! I’ve always been too intimidated. I’m a big chocolate lover, but I am a sucker for a classic chocolate cake.

  74. I’ve been looking for a good souffle recipe! This looks like it might be the one…can’t wait to try it out!

  75. 5 stars
    My family went to the California Grill atop the Contemporary Hotel in Disney World years ago. Our meal ended with a Chocolate Soufflé with Peanut Butter Custard Sauce which was a HUGE hit then and has remained a family favorite since. Chef Clifford Pleau shared his recipe and it is always loved by adults and kids! It’s a little magic with the soufflés served at the table and a lot of fun with the playful use of peanut butter sauce poured over!

  76. I have a chocolate roll that my family absolutely loves. It is a recipe handed down from my mother. We make a delicious hot fudge sauce to put on top of this frozen chocolate roll. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  77. Although I have many chocolate faves, my favorite chocolate recipe is a Zoe recipe for individual chocolate lava cakes. I love these because I made them for Passover and they were so amazing, unlike most Passover recipes.

    Been wanting to try making a soufflé recipe, so very excited to have this one to start with. Thank you!

    Faith

  78. Chocolate flourless cake with homemade whipped cream( your recipe) and topped with a mix of berries!
    I am going to be brave enough to make this soufflé over the weekend- thank you!

  79. Out of an old book by Pierre Hermé and Dorie Greenspan.
    His chocolate mousse.. it’s the quintessential Valentines delight especially if served in vintage crystal .

    I can’t wait to try this recipe . Thank you very much for sharing .

  80. This looks delicious! Putting it on the “to make” list now. For my favorite chocolate dessert, it’s tough to top Jean-Georges’ molten chocolate cakes.

  81. 5 stars
    That looks amazing! My favorite chocolate recipe is brownies and now that has been elevated to the my absolute recipe after seeing your video on how you made it for your son and is roommates in college. Thank you for any awesome recipe. Put my name in for the free book, too, please.

  82. Chocolate cake with fudgy, thick frosting! I would have no problem eating the whole cake, and chancing going into a coma.

  83. I’m going to make the chocolate soufflé on Valentines Day. I hope it’s fool proof for me! My favorite chocolate dessert is the Turtle Cake from Cafe Latte on Grand Ave, St Paul,MN. I have the recipe for this decadent chocolate, caramel and pecan layered deliciousness. I have loved this combination of flavors since childhood when we’d go to Bridgeman’s after every dance recital, or choir concert with my family. Turtle Sundae was always my order and my grandmother’s too. ♥️

  84. 5 stars
    My favorite chocolate recipe is “Katherine Hepburn Brownies”. They are the perfect combination of chocolate fudge, rich and chewy. I could eat a whole batch in one sitting!

  85. Chocolate silk pie! So fluffy. I will definitely need to try this because it also looks very fluffy. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

      1. This looks amazing. My favorite chocolate dessert is a devils food cake with a slightly chocolate cream cheese frosting.

    1. My favorite chocolate recipe is dark chocolate budino topped with extra virgin olive oil and flaked sea salt! Swoon!!

  86. I am a beginner on soufflés. So I do not understand what the different parts of it mean!
    Beurre manie? 180 g egg whites? Help me please! Want to give this a try!

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