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Triple Chocolate Demi-Souffle

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Maybe it was the feeling of powder soft sand under my feet. Maybe it was the 75 degree weather. Or maybe it was the sea of clean crystal and turquoise water that beckoned me. Whatever it was, I stepped into the ocean. Only up to my knees mind you, for a tropical storm was on it’s way.
I sloshed around for a few minutes without a care and in the world and only turned my back to the waves for a moment to admire the view – the palm trees, the sand, people having lunch by the beach…
That’s when it hit me.
Without a second to consider what was happening, my head hit the ground. With no regard for my intense pain, the ocean began sucking me in, dragging my body along the ocean floor. I could only see the water rolling in toward the beach. The undertow pulled me in, my husband pulled me out.
This is how our trip to Bermuda began.
Bermuda Sand
Bermuda Dinner
Fast forward a few hours and a few ice packs later. Sitting by the pool with a bottle of ibuprofen, I vow never to turn my back on the ocean again. Thank heavens for dessert.

Bermuda Reefs
Bermuda Spa

Drama aside, Bermuda is beautiful. Once we were able to get out and explore a bit, we were pleasantly surprised. Our hotel was also wonderful. The image above is of the spa reflecting pool, where you sit in your robe and wait for them to call you in for your treatment. They even had chocolate body treatments – maybe next time. Considering it’s less than a 2 hour flight from New England, it’s definitely worth a visit.

low height souffle

When we came home, I decided to make a souffle to bring back the flavor of our vacation. This a demi-souffle because it doesn’t puff up as high as a traditional souffle. It does, however, collapse as quickly so you have to move fast once it’s out of the oven.
If you want more height, you can line the ramekin with parchment paper to raise the sides and get a more traditional look. Either way, it’s delicious. Unlike a traditional souffle, you can keep this souffle in the refrigerator and pull it out when you want a treat or when you want something sensational for your house guests. Did I mention how easy it is to make?
fallen souffle
A souffle is usually served with creme anglaise. This souffle, is sensational on it’s own or with chocolate or salted caramel sauce.
finished
Triple Chocolate Demi-Souffles
10 (3.5 inch) ramekins, buttered and sugared
2 oz. butter (1/2 stick)
3 oz. dark chocolate
3 oz. milk chocolate
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
6 eggs, separated
1/8 cup water
6 oz. sugar
3 tbs. Grand Marnier
Melt butter and chocolate. Stir to blend. Once cool, add Grand Mariner and set aside.
Whip egg yolks at medium speed. While whipping, bring water and 3 oz. of sugar to boil to make a simple syrup. In a slow, steady stream add hot simple syrup to egg yolks. Increase speed to high. Beat until light and fluffy or ribbon stage, about 2 more minutes.
Carefully fold butter and chocolate mixture into egg yolk mixture and set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites. Add 3 oz. of sugar near the end of beating to get a glossy, stiff peak.
Fold chocolate mixture into egg whites.
Fill ramekins. Refrigerate overnight.
Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes.
Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my previous post. Your feedback keeps me going!
I’m delighted to announce that the winner of the chocolate giveaway is Christine from Fresh, Local and Best. Her blog is definitely worth a visit.
For those celebrating Thanksgiving next week, have a wonderful holiday!
Bon Appetit!
 
 

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    17 November

    What a splendid soufflé! Lovely clicks.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Sharon

    17 November

    El, this is beautiful. I can’t get over the photographs. They look like they should be in a magazine!! I’m sorry to hear about your fall. Are you ok now?

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    RamblingTart

    17 November

    Oh my, El! I’m so sorry about your accident. That must’ve been so scary! I’m so relieved your hubby was there to help you. 🙁 Your souffle is gorgeous and light and wonderful. And that spoon delights me no end. 🙂

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    Anna

    17 November

    Bermuda looks like an amazingly gorgeous place. I’ve been thinking about chocolate souffle as well as salted caramel. I will be making this soon!

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    Delish Dish

    17 November

    I’m so glad you’re ok. Beautiful photos, as always.

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    What gorgeous vacation and souffle photos.

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    Asha @ FSK

    17 November

    oh El! Am glad you managed to take joy from the vacation despite the mishap!!! Kudos to the positive energy! Love the demi-souffle and that it can be stored!! that is just awesome!! thanks for the recipe…

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    Jane

    17 November

    Fabulous. Is that seriously a spa?

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    El

    17 November

    Thank you everyone.

    Sharon- much better. I just strained my neck muscles so it’s uncomfortable but it will heal. Thanks for asking.

    Jane- Yes, it’s a spa. It’s beautiful!

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    That was a bad start to a vacation but it sounds like you bounced back with those spa treatments!
    That souffle looks amazing. I will be making it soon.
    Magda

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    ABowlOfMush

    17 November

    Wow amazing!!I wanna go there!

    The souffle made me drool! Yum!!

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    Jo

    17 November

    Gorgeous pictures El and an extremely yummy souffle. Hope you are ok now …

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    Liz

    17 November

    you are on a chocolate theme and I like it. The antique spoon is gorgeous.

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    Kristen Doyle

    17 November

    Oh my…I’m sorry your vacation started out that way but your husband gave you brilliant advice! Gourgeous soufflé

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    Julia @Mélanger

    17 November

    Easy to make souffle? You have me hooked!

    Great photographs of Bermuda. I always wanted to get there when I lived in Boston – seeing it was so close, as you say. Unfortunately, it never happened. But it’s still on my top 10 list of places to visit.

    Will get there. But I always have this souffle in the meantime, right?

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    Anonymous

    17 November

    I love Bermuda. I think it’s the nicest of all the islands I’ve visited but it’s very, very expensive!!! Gorgeous souffle!

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    Danielle

    17 November

    Oh my goodness, what a scary experience it must have been to have been dragged into the sea!! So happy to hear that it ended well, with a demi chocolate souffle to boot! I’ve always wanted to visit that part of the world, and your pictures of the water are so, so, tempting on this cold Fall night.

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    Glad to hear you are okay! Your triple chocolate souffle looks divine – this is a must try!!

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    Deeba PAB

    18 November

    Oh No, you didn’t El. Oh you poor girl, you! Glad you are OK, and I love that you came back and made this beauty! I love all the photographs, especially the way the demi-souffle went from being there, to flatter…and then gone – leaving me to gasp over the gorgeous spoon!

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    I love these photos…of both the souffle and your trip! So sorry to hear about what happened. Happy that you’re doing ok!

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    A Canadian Foodie

    18 November

    The spoon is so gorgeous.The colouring is very peaceful. It has definitely been souffle month for Daring Bakers and such a gift to see such beautiful concoctions. There is nothing like a chocolate souffle!
    I was excited to see your post, as always, El. I am really rethinking and refocusing my site… and wish there could be two blogs within one site… one for my travels and adventures and one for cooking… as I love to document what I do, but it interests only such a small niche of my readers. The cooking is where it is at. There is not doubt about it.
    I am truly inspired, once again!
    🙂
    And, the feels good on this light and fluffy swirly twirly snowflake day in Edmonton AB!
    🙂
    Valerie

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    A Canadian Foodie

    18 November

    PS… and your fall… such a shock. Doesn’t that take you back right back to your childhood and that fear and that pain. So wonderful that you were not alone.
    XO

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    Mimi

    18 November

    Rough way to start a vacation. Lucky your husband was on hand to help you out of the water. Your demi souffle is perfectly lovely.
    Mimi

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    kelly

    18 November

    Pretty scary any time, let alone on vacation and in such a beautiful place. Glad you’re in one piece! I’ve not been to Bermuda, but we’ve been to the Bahamas. The water is so amazing, isn’t it? Fabulous photos, and a delicious souffle.

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    fresh365

    18 November

    Oh you poor thing! Although it looks like the rest of your trip was beautiful & eating chocolate to console your sore body isn’t all bad!

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    Lael

    18 November

    Oh wow! Do you think I can convince my family that we can have this for Thanksgiving instead of pie? I’m sorry that the inspiration had to be a pain in the neck! I hope you have a better vacation next time.

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    I think you were in heaven from those Bermuda photos hope you are ok after the fall. When I saw triple chocolate, I MELTED! great dessert! Thanks for sharing and feel better!

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    elpi

    18 November

    Your triple chocolate souffle is irresistible! ~_~

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    I’ve heard of how dangerous those rogue waves could be. I love the picture of the pool and those umbrellas lined along it, it’s the image of paradise.

    I think that you should rename this souffle the triple chocolate threat. It looks so decadent!

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    marzipan

    19 November

    I love the ruffled pink umbrellas by the reflecting pool! I was taken down by a wave when I was little and still remember that awful feeling to this day. I’m glad you’re ok.

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    That must have been such a frightening experience! Thankfully your husband was nearby.

    Chocolate makes me feel better so I hope it worked for you too. Your souffle sounds light and wonderful!

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    JKL

    19 November

    The ocean can be very scary. I’m so glad you’re ok and that you were in a nice warm place to recover. The souffle is beautiful. I wish I was under one of those frill umbrellas right now!

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    redmenace

    19 November

    I am terribly sorry to hear about your injury! That is an awful way to begin a vacation. However, this chocolately decadent dessert is the best possible way to bring back all the GOOD memories! xo

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    Glad you’re ok, sounds pretty terrifying.
    Your souffle looks wonderful.

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    Elisabet Figueras

    22 November

    I have never been in Bermuda, it seems amazing!
    The triple chocolate demi-souffle gorgeous:)

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    Anonymous

    22 November

    Luscious souffle and lovely clicks. Loving the spa!

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    tasteofbeirut

    23 November

    These photos are a dream; I want to know one thing: how warm is that lap pool? or is it just for watching and dipping toes in. ’cause I could live there.
    love that soufflé too.
    sorry about the bad moments; hope the memory faded,

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    Juliana

    23 November

    Oh! The pictures are awesome, Bermuda and the souffle…I haven’t made souffle yet…but you sure inspired me…looks delicious, so elegantly presented 🙂

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    LimeCake

    25 November

    Your souffle rose beautifully! Hope you feel better soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Beth

    25 November

    What a frightening beginning to your trip. Still, it sounds like you managed to do some relaxing. Bermuda is gorgeous, isn’t it?

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    Chez Us

    26 November

    El, I am so sorry to hear about your accident; but, very glad to hear you are fine and that you both were able to enjoy Bermuda. The photos are enticing and the souffle, looks, well ….. delicious!

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    a tasteful garden

    26 November

    your poor noggin! sounds like the rest of your trip went beautifully though… love the shot of the reflecting pool.

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    Jess

    26 November

    This looks yummy! The hotel looks fabulous! Sorry about your head!!!!

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    Allie

    29 November

    Bermuda is really really beautiful! I love your photos!

    And this recipe came at a great time! I was looking for a souffle recipe to try out and here it is 🙂

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    Sanjeeta kk

    1 December

    What a gorgeous Souffle’, can you pass some to me 🙂 please.

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    Jess

    6 December

    Oh, El! I’m so sorry to hear about your injury, and I hope that by now you’re fully recovered. These photographs are just what I needed tonight. I’m sitting here in my office, typing in a scarf and fingerless gloves. It is c-o-l-d. I’d like a warm beach, or a warm souffle right about now, please.

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    so sorry to hear about the crazy wave. i learned my wave lessons in hawaii, it’s so scary to be suck under.

    i’m glad you are well and that everything turned out fine.

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    MeetaK

    9 December

    Oh El what a scary thing! Glad you are Ok and nothing better than t gorgeous CHOCOLATE – no wait TRIPLE CHOCOLATE souffle to get you back on track!

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    Julie

    14 November

    Lovely recipe, though I noticed when making this tonight you call for 3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier, you don’t say when to add this to the mixture.

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      freshblog

      17 November

      Thanks Julie, I’ll go ahead and update it. Cheers!

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