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      RECIPE TITLE "Chocolate-Espresso Soufflé With Armangnac Crème Anglaise"
    recipe excerpted from: Jacques Pepin Celebrates  Copyright © 2001 by Jacques Pépin

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    yieldsYield 6 to 8 servings   time --- .difficultymoderate

    Flavored with a concentrated espresso extract, this chocolate soufflé has an intense taste. It is made without any flour because the chocolate gives sufficient body to the soufflé. This soufflé can be prepared up to an hour ahead, ready to cook. Small soufflés are the easiest to make since they tend to rise straight and cook quickly, do not break, and can be served right in the molds

    This recipe makes enough for eight people. It can be baked, as it is here, in one large soufflé mold (holding 6 to 8 cups), or in two 1-quart soufflé molds or eight 3/4 cup molds.

    If you like, the soufflé can be cooked, then left to deflate and cool. (It should not sink below the level of the amount originally placed in the mold.) Covered and refrigerated, it can then be unmolded the next day and served cold, dusted with unsweetened cocoa powder and accompanied by an Armagnac crème-anglaise sauce. This makes a light but dense-tasting dessert.

    The Armagnac crème-anglaise is made with only two egg yolks (remaining from the whites used in the soufflé). Since the lecithin in the egg yolks is not enough of a thickening agent to give the sauce proper viscosity, a bit of cornstarch is added to the milk and cream, which are brought to a boil to ensure that the cornstarch cooks and thickens the liquid. Then the boiling liquid is poured directly into the cold egg yolks, and the 180° F temperature achieved is enough to allow the lecithin in the egg yolks to thicken, so that you don't have to cook the sauce. This is a very fast version of custard cream and can be done only when the proportion of egg yolks to liquid is small.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    Armagnac Crème Anglaise:
    1 cup heavy cream
    1 cup milk
    4 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    2 egg yolks from large eggs
    2 tablespoons Armagnac

    Soufflé Mixture:
    1/2 cup coffee extract [made by steeping 1/3 cup finely ground espresso coffee in ¾ cup just boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then straining through paper towels]
    4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
    4 egg yolks from large eggs
    6 egg whites from large eggs
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    Unsalted butter and additional granulated sugar, for coating the molds
    Confectioners' sugar, for dusting the soufflés

      RECIPE METHOD

    For the Armagnac crème anglaise: Stir the cream, milk, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, the vanilla, and the cornstarch together in a saucepan with a whisk until blended, and bring to a strong boil. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl until very smooth. Pour the boiling liquid in one stroke on top of the beaten egg yolks, which will thicken as you pour in the hot liquid. Mix quickly with the whisk, and continue whisking for 5 or 6 seconds after adding the hot liquid, then strain immediately through a very fine strainer. Refrigerate, and when the custard has cooled, stir in the Armagnac.

    For the soufflés: Preheat the oven to 400° F. Combine the coffee extract with the chocolate, and stir with a whisk over moderate heat until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the egg yolks, and stir with the whisk. You will notice that the chocolate mixture will thicken at this point. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until holding a peak but not too firm, add the granulated sugar all at once, and continue beating for 5 to 10 seconds to incorporate the sugar.

    Add about one-fourth of the egg whites to the chocolate, and mix well with a whisk. Using a spatula, fold the rest of the egg whites into the chocolate base.

    Butter and sugar a 6-to-8 cup soufflé mold, and fill with the soufflé. Place the mold on a cookie sheet, and bake in the 400° F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until set but still wet inside.

    To serve: When the soufflé is done, sprinkle the top with confectioners' sugar. Bring the soufflé to the table immediately, and serve by first spooning about ¼ cup of the Armagnac cr&egrae;me anglaise onto each individual plate, then putting a portion of the soufflé on top.


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