Foolproof Chocolate and Orange Soufflé

Paul Bloxham's delectable light airy soufflés are made with delicious dark chocolate and orange-flavoured liqueur
By Paul Bloxham
Foolproof Chocolate and Orange Soufflé
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: medium


For the ramekins

  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

For the soufflés

  • 75 g butter
  • 350 g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids
  • 4 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 12 egg whites
  • 125 g caster sugar

To serve

  • cocoa powder and icing sugar
  • vanilla ice cream


1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5.

2. Brush the inside of 6-8 large ramekins with the softened butter and dust with the caster sugar

3. For the soufflés: melt the butter, chocolate and liqueur in a bowl over a bain-marie (double boiler) or in a heat-proof bowl placed over a pan of simmering (not boiling) water.

4. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff and gradually add the sugar, whisking until the mixture is a thick and glossy meringue.

5. Fold half the meringue into the chocolate mixture, then carefully repeat with the other half. Fill each prepared ramekin with the soufflé mixture. Bake for 12 minutes.

6. To serve: remove from oven, immediately dust with sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder. Serve straight away with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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