This Month’s Homework Project – Make Your Own Recipe: Chocolate Soufflé Meets Chocolate Flourless Cake

 Chocolate Souffle Flourless Cake

The Kimm’s Chocolate Souffake         

What happens when you try and mash up a flourless chocolate cake and a chocolate soufflé recipe? You get Souffake, of course.

Just in case you are wondering why I would even do such a thing, it is a two part answer. First, the whole dairy thing. Second, apparently traditional homework is dead in our school system. Instead of having to complete a couple pages of math and English worksheets every night, half way through the school year, my six year old son started bringing home a monthly packet of projects to complete. This month, one of the project options was to create your own recipe and make it; thus, Souffake was born.

Here is the trickery part though – “With the help of your parents.”

Sure, it is great to get to do fun projects with my kids like developing brand new recipes and keeping their hands out of a mixer, creating functional mobiles of the sea, building shadowboxes from scenes out of his favorite books while little sister runs off with scissors, or planting seeds and recording their progress in a chart for 3 weeks. But I am not running a freaking daycare. I have a full time job already, as does my wife. I can only imagine how this project based work is going for parents that don’t really care.

Don’t get me wrong, I see the value in helping to cultivate creative thinking, teaching project management, and all that crap. But come on – who is really doing the work here? The parents.

I can just imagine the teacher, already sitting at home by 4:30 PM on a weekday, sipping on her first glass of white wine, catching up on her Pinterest, reminiscing about the days when she had to grade homework. Calling her girlfriends and laughing about the stupid parents who are now competing to make the best model replica of “The Lorax” for their Earth Day project.

My pain, your gain, I guess. Enjoy the Souffake (prounced: sue-fok-ee, as in “Another project? Sure buddy, I would love to. <as you whisper under your breath> Souffake!”.) Actually, it was pretty darned tasty so I can’t really complain. And we did have fun in the process. Especially, the little monster with the spoon.
Kids baking souffle

And stay tuned, our next project is a Pizza Burger. My sons idea, of course. “Pizza Burger? That’s a great idea. Souffake!

***Recipe note*** You may want to omit the Espresso if making this for kids. Again, my pain, your gain.

Ingredients for Chocolate Soufflé Meets Chocolate Flourless Cake Recipe (aka Souffake):

Cooking spray
Sugar for sprinkling
1/3 cup granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Water
3 oz 60% Chocolate
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
2 tbsp Unsalted Butter (softened)
3 tsp Instant Espresso Powder
3 tbsp Cornstarch
1/8 tsp  Salt
2 large yolks
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 whites Eggs
1/4 tsp  Cream of Tartar
2 tbsp Powdered Sugar

Method for Chocolate Soufflé Meets Chocolate Flourless Cake Recipe (aka Souffake):

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. To prepare souffakes, lightly coat 8 (4 ounce) ramekins with cooking spray. Sprinkle each with 1 tsp sugar
  3. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over med heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and butter, stirring with a whisk until it melts.
  4. Combine cocoa, cornstarch, salt, and espresso. Add this mix to the melted chocolate, stirring with a whisk. Whisk in egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  5. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl; beat with a mixer at med speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add 3 tbsp sugar, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  6. Gently fold ¼ of egg white mix into chocolate mix; then fold in remaining egg white mix.
  7. Spoon mix evenly into ramekins and place ramekins in large baking dish. Add hot water to dish around ramekins (this helps the sooffakes cook evenly).
  8. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes, until puffy and lightly cracked. Remove ramekins from baking dish. Serve with fruit mix and garnish with powdered sugar.
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