Who Doesn’t Love a “Thrown Together” Chocolate Dessert?

I adore my husband for many reasons; one being that he has delightful, interesting,  food and wine loving friends – many who are chefs (lucky me).  Recently we were at his Welsh buddy and awesome chef’s house for dinner.  He always makes the meals look effortless.  They are full of flavor, texture, and balance.  He uses incredibly high quality ingredients and keeps things simple.

He’s been on a healthy, fitness lifestyle for the last couple years and has reflected this in his menus…sometimes that means “no dessert”.  He had none planned for the delectable and light dinner we had this night…however, as we finished our meal, there was a little red wine left that needed something to go with it…chocolate came to mind and chef does a mean chocolate souffle…so in 30 minutes he whipped together  this spectacular individual chocolate souffle.  He has mastered a technique using sugar and butter to prep the ramekin which lets it drop freely and enticingly onto a plate.  The recipe is an old one from Gourmet’s Best Desserts Cookbook.  He effortlessly performed in front of us – whipping up this elegant dessert…the difficult part was waiting the 15 minutes for them to bake, but wow, was it worth it.

Coating the ramekin with butter and a bit of sugar

Coating the ramekin with butter and a bit of sugar

What a satisfying way to end the meal…I enjoyed it with a nice cup of hot tea…being from Great Britain, excellent tea is always on

Step by step...Chocolate soufflés...from old Gourmet recipe...awesome dessert

Step by step…Chocolate soufflés…from old Gourmet recipe…awesome dessert

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What an exceptional and memorable way to end a meal…and with a baking demonstration to boot.

Teatime can be anytime…particularly when chocolate is around.



  1. My jaw dropped when the souffles appeared! Those, washed down with a lovely cup of tea, sounds like heaven to me. Great photos of the chef at work, too!

    • Yes, they were delicious, light and airy yet rich with chocolate…it was remarkable watching our chef friend methodically and effortlessly pull off this lovely dessert in front of us while sipping the end of our wine. Thanks for the positive comment on photos, I’m working on improving my skills in this area 🙂

  2. My mouth is watering!

    • They were…and you know what a great cook the chef is 🙂

  3. Wow!

    • Yes “wow”. So light and chocolatily scrumptious!

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