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This is the recipe I’ve made for Christmas dessert for years and, after resurrecting it for our blogging team’s holiday dinner over the weekend (details below), there is no question I’ll be serving soufflés again for the big day this year! They were a super big hit at our dinner and let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a warm, delectable chocolate soufflé especially when it’s topped with homemade ice cream?! (Okay, is anyone else’s mouth watering here?)
Disclaimer: This recipe contains refined white sugar, which means it doesn’t technically follow our real food rules…so only enjoy in moderation!
How To Make The Perfect Chocolate Soufflé
Now before I leave you with the recipe as promised, I want to be sure to share an important lesson I learned when making these soufflés the other day.
I happened to make the batter in advance (always a good idea if you’ll be entertaining guests and want to actually spend some time with them), but I baked 2 of the 10 soufflés right away for my daughters (I made 1.5 recipes so I could end up with at total of 10).
The two I baked right away, which I checked on once by opening the oven door, are pictured on the left above. I took that picture immediately after taking them out of the oven—look how quickly they fell flat! The other batch that sat in the fridge for a few hours first and wasn’t disrupted by me opening the oven door are pictured on the right. Quite a difference! Enjoy :)
Our Blogging Team’s Holiday Dinner
As I mentioned the occasion for this soufflé was our blogging team’s annual holiday dinner this past Friday. We hosted all the local members of our team and their spouses…and I even broke out my formal china for this amazing group. :) Collectively this group also has a few food allergies and preferences to speak of. And since (real) food was what brought us together I thought it would be nice if we could serve a meal that everyone could eat. So on my Facebook page I recently asked this question…
The (almost 3,000) answers were quite interesting ..and some were even somewhat rude (like “get reservations” or “get new friends!”). BUT since we are a group with a sense of humor we all found the comedy in the feedback. And we even found a great dinner idea as well. One commenter suggested doing a taco bar so each guest could pick and choose what they wanted to eat. We thought this non-traditional way of celebrating the holidays sounded fabulous so it was a pretty easy decision to make. And since it was actually a “Pot Luck” dinner here is the breakdown of everyone’s contributions…
- From Amy: A black bean, avocado, corn, and tomato dip.
- From Kiran: Homemade margaritas (see outtakes at the bottom – just kidding!).
- From Shawn: Quite the salad spread that included a variety of vegetables, black beans, homemade salad dressing, and spiced pumpkin seeds.
- From Me: The main dish taco “bar” (that included Pork Carnitas, Refried Beans, Homemade Corn Tortillas, cheese, sour cream, avocado, lime, cilantro, jalapenos, and salsas) and those chocolate soufflés topped with the homemade vanilla ice cream we were talking about earlier. [FYI – The dairy free guests told me in advance this dish would be okay for them, and I served theirs with store bought coconut milk ice cream.]
- From Jason: He prepared some of the condiments and helped me do the dirty dishes. :)
What kind of party doesn’t have at least a few good outtakes? Keeping themselves busy while I set up the camera… :)