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Goat Cheese and Chive Soufflé


Perfect for a special weekend brunch or luncheon, this creamy soufflé is lovely accompanied with a spinach salad tossed with toasted pine nuts. The soufflé may be assembled up to an hour in advance, but once it is baked, it should be served promptly, as it deflates quickly. It is fine to let your guests wait for the soufflé, but do not let the soufflé wait for anyone.

Making a soufflé collar will help ensure that your soufflé rises well above the rim. To make a soufflé collar for a large soufflé dish, cut a strip of parchment paper that is wide enough to stand 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) above the rim of the dish when folded in half, and long enough to wrap around the dish with a slight overlap. For individual soufflé dishes, cut the strips to about 5 inches (13 cm) wide by about 12 inches (30 cm) long. Fold the parchment in half and tuck one end into the other. Place around the dish and tighten. Secure the parchment by tying it with a piece of kitchen string.


Goat Cheese and Chive Soufflé


1/2 lb. (250 g) fresh goat cheese or natural cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) sour cream

5 large eggs, separated

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground white pepper

3 Tbs. minced fresh chives

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat to 425°F (220°C). Butter a 1 1/2-qt (1.5-l) soufflé dish or six 1-cup (8–fl. oz./250–ml) ramekins and dust the bottom and sides with Parmesan cheese.

If mixing by hand, in a large bowl, using a whisk, cream the goat cheese until light. Beat in the sour cream, egg yolks, mustard, salt, nutmeg, white pepper and chives until combined. In another large, clean bowl, whisk together the egg whites and cream of tartar with a balloon whisk until stiff, glossy peaks form.

If using a mixer, in a large bowl, using a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater or a hand mixer, cream the goat cheese on medium-high speed until light. Beat in the sour cream, egg yolks, mustard, salt,
nutmeg, white pepper and chives until combined. In another large, clean bowl, using the stand mixer
fitted with the whip attachment or the hand mixer, beat together the egg whites and cream of tartar
on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form.

Using a rubber spatula, fold one-fourth of the beaten egg whites into the cheese mixture to lighten it. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites just until no white streaks remain. Spoon into the prepared dish(es) and smooth the top. Sprinkle the top(s) with the Parmesan cheese.

Bake the soufflé(s) until set and puffed and the center still jiggles when the dish is shaken, 20 to 25 minutes for a large soufflé or 8 to 10 minutes for the individual soufflés. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

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15 Decadent Chocolate Desserts


It’s National Chocolate Day! Time to treat your inner chocoholic to something rich, decadent and melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey. These recipes will do the trick.


Chocolate Chip-Pecan BarsChocolate Chip-Pecan Bars
Chocolate chips and pecans add texture and contrast to this big batch of blondies — a delicious twist on on the classic chocolate chip cookie.
Dark Chocolate CupcakesDark Chocolate Cupcakes
When all you want is a simple, classic chocolate cupcake, this recipe does the trick. Moist, tender dark chocolate cake topped with smooth, creamy dark chocolate frosting feeds the chocoholic in all of us.
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut MacaroonsChocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
These chewy coconut stacks are great make-ahead morsels, as they keep well for several days. Dipping them into dark chocolate only makes them more decadent.
Dark Chocolate PuddingDark Chocolate Pudding
This bittersweet chocolate pudding is easy to adapt. You can turn it into a parfait with layers of whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Or, try stirring in a little rum, Amaretto or Frangelico, then garnish the top with crushed chocolate wafer cookies or shaved semisweet chocolate.
Chocolate Caramel TartChocolate Caramel Tart
This tart takes a bit of work to make, but the result is well worth the effort and is always a crowd-pleaser. A thick layer of chocolate, plus a gooey caramel center and a crispy crust — what more could you want?
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie PiesChocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
A retro treat, these whoopie pies feature cakey chocolate cookies sandwiching a creamy filling. For a classic version, swap out the peanut butter filling for marshmallow creme.
Chocolate SouffléChocolate Soufflé
Soufflés are spectacular and surprisingly easy to make. This chocolate version should be devoured immediately, still hot from the oven and topped with big scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Coconut, Almond and Chocolate BarsCoconut, Almond and Chocolate Bars
Nutty, chewy and chocolaty, these bars hit every craving. A toasty almond crust is topped with a creamy coconut and dark chocolate filling, and finished with a thick bittersweet glaze.
Chocolate TrufflesChocolate Truffles
Truffles are easy to make — especially when you get friends involved! These require just 5 ingredients, and they can be stored in the freezer (well wrapped) for at least 3 months.
Chocolate Chip CookiesChocolate Chip Cookies
There are chocolate chip cookies, and then there are these chocolate chip cookies: large, chewy, buttery and with just the right amount of chips and nuts.
Chocolate Brownie CakeChocolate Brownie Cake
This dessert has all the moist richness of brownies but is served like a cake for an elegant presentation. The secret to success: good-quality chocolate and a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder to finish.
Chewy Chocolate MeringuesChewy Chocolate Meringues
Crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, these gems not only are a cinch to make but also are completely addictive—you won’t be able to stop at one (or two or three). The cocoa nibs add a nice crunch and nutty flavor.
Devil’s Food Layer CakeDevil’s Food Layer Cake
This time-honored favorite, layered with velvety chocolate frosting, makes the ultimate cake for a birthday or other celebration. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream.
French Chocolate MacaronsFrench Chocolate Macarons

Delicate chocolate macarons are one of Paris’s most delicious treats. If you’re not traveling to the City of Lights soon, whip these up and pretend — the contrast between the crisp cookies and creamy ganache filling is a revelation.


S’mores BrowniesS’mores Brownies
Within this recipe is a fantastic brownie—just the right balance of fudgy and cakey with a crackle top—embellished with crunchy graham crackers and big melting marshmallows. If you’d prefer the classic, just leave those two ingredients out and bake as directed.