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Hot chocolate soufflé

Soufflés have a reputation for being temperamental, but they're actually very simple. They get their signature height from stiffly beaten egg whites. Using a few staple ingredients, you can whip up a dessert that's guaranteed to impress at a dinner party yet easy enough for a casual supper.

Serving: 2
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Medium


  • 75g butter
  • 450ml milk
  • 50g plain flour
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g caster sugar 


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cocoa, and blend over a low heat. Add the milk and mix well until thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool, then add the egg yolks and beat in.
  3. Put the egg whites in the bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix on speed 6 for a few seconds, then add the sugar and continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Fold in the sauce.
  4. Pour the mixture into a well greased 1.2 litre dish. Stand the dish in a roasting tin filled half full with boiling water, put into the oven, and bake for 40-45 minutes, until well risen.

Recipe courtesy of Russell Hobbs.


Pair with caramel ice-cream for extra indulgence.