It’s Guest Post Friday with The Comfort of Cooking

It’s my favorite day of the week my friends, I’m so glad you could come by for another edition of Guest Post Friday!  I have to tell you that today the old chef is feeling his years a bit. Yesterday we had one of the worst weather days I have seen in a long time.  It started off with Snow in the morning, not too bad about 4 inches, as it started to rain I went out to pick up a few things ( the major storm was on its way). When I returned I found the city had plowed my driveway closed with about almost 2 feet of snow…….you know its not rocket science and I know those guys work hard, but you think they would understand how hard they make life….even if they are miserable they shouldn’t make us miserable too!   Well enough ranting, this is my happy day, and you don’t even want to know how much snow was in my driveway entrance this morning….sigh.So lets get back to why were here today, its Guest Post Friday and I get to introduce you to an amazing blogger, my friend Georgia from The Comfort of Cooking  and I know your going to love her style!  Real Food  and Beautiful Images, just the thing to make you hungry and wishing you were at her table!
So sit back, relax, put your feet up and get ready to be hungry as I introduce to you Georgia.

Hello, dear More Than a Mount Full readers! My name is Georgia and I have something special to share with you. It’s chocolaty and fluffy and best of all, it’s easy as pie (well, actually, it’s easier). But, first things first: I owe many thanks to Chef Dennis for the wonderful opportunity to introduce my blog, The Comfort of Cooking, to you. While I’m not lucky enough to know Dennis personally, I find it amazing that such strong connections can develop through this online support system that seems to keep the food blog world going ‘round. I feel especially lucky to have grown this connection with not only Dennis but plenty of bloggers who share his palpable passion for cooking and interacting with readers. He’s just a treat, as are all of the talented cooks and bakers I’ve gotten to know.

Now, let’s move past the mooshy-gooshy stuff and onto something a little sinful. You with me?

Chocolate soufflé is surprisingly simple, and it doesn’t take a knack for perfect, precise baking to make it in your own home. As my blog title suggests, I’m more of a cook than a baker anyway. However, 2010 was full of new challenges for me, including getting a little more comfortable with flour, sugar and the chemistry that goes into creating a special baked sweet.

Since I’ve started whipping up a few more cookies and cakes along with the soups and salads, I’ve developed a whole new passion and a relatively fearless nature in the kitchen. This soufflé was my most recent baking undertaking, and while I wouldn’t say it was overly challenging, it made me pretty darn proud once it puffed up!

First, a bit of butter and cocoa powder are swirled around the ramekins. Chocolate and a little more butter are melted together in a bowl, and then the vanilla extract (I like to use homemade extract) and egg yolks join the mix. Egg whites, sugar, salt and cream of tartar are whipped into a heavenly soft meringue, then folded into the chocolate. And lastly, the silky smooth mixture is baked, sprinkled with a little powdered sugar and enjoyed with a special someone, or maybe just by yourself. I won’t judge if you’d rather not share.

The Comfort of Cooking is all about easy, elegant comfort food with my own little twist, and I feel that this soufflé represents that, along with my new found fervor for baking, pretty well! I hope you get a chance to stop on by, look around and say hello sometime. I love hearing from my readers and hope to get to know you all a bit better.

Thanks for reading and drooling over chocolate with me, everyone! And, again, thank you Dennis for this super sweet opportunity.

Simple Milk Chocolate Soufflé
Serves 2
Printable Recipe

Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) semisweet, bittersweet or milk chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch salt
pinch cream of tartar

Directions
Heat oven to 375° F. Use 1 tablespoon of the butter to grease one 16-ounce or two 8-ounce ramekins. Coat the ramekins with the cocoa powder, tapping out the excess.
In a large bowl, over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and remaining butter. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Whisk in the yolks one at a time until smooth. Set aside.
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the sugar, salt, and cream of tartar until stiff, glossy peaks form. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate. Spoon into the ramekins, about 3/4 full. (The recipe can be made to this point up to 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.)
Bake until puffed and set, 40 minutes for a 16-ounce soufflé, 15-20 minutes for two smaller ones. (If baked directly from the refrigerator, add 5 to 10 minutes.) Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

Adapted from Real Simple

 Wow, I told you that you would be hungry!! Ok so now before you forget, head on over and say hi to Georgia at The Comfort of Cooking, and don’t forget to tell her Chef Dennis sent you!

Thanks so much for stopping by, stay warm, stay full and have a great weekend!

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Comments

  1. Food Frenzy says:

    Looks delicious…wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Brooks at Cakewalker says:

    A chocolate souffle can make any meal a special occasion – especially when the recipe is uncomplicated. I'm with you Georgia, it's not mandatory to share this heavenly dessert! I love the brand choices of your ingredients… the homemade vanilla extract is most special!

  3. Vibey @ Yumbo McGillicutty says:

    Real simple. Real delicious. I haven't had a chocolate soufflé for years but I'm inspired!

  4. mmmmm….Chocolate…… Chocolate seems to help me forget about our impending storm up here! Hope the weather gets better for you.

  5. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity, Dennis! I hope your readers enjoy this post and give this simple souffle a try! :)

  6. Oh that stinks Dennis! I remember living in St. Louis shoveling out that huge pile of snow, dang snowplows!
    But what an awesome post, Georgia is one of my favorite bloggers, everything I have tried from her blog has come out beautiful! I can't wait to try the souffle!

  7. mywanderingspoon says:

    Beautiful, light dessert, great choice:)

  8. Cake Duchess says:

    Hi Georgia-So happy to see your gorgeous post here at Chef's. This is a lovely dessert for Valentine's day. Just so pretty:)

    Chef-sorry about all the snow!I can't believe they blocked you in like that.Frustrating. Stay safe and hope it gets better up there.:)Sending you sunshine from Florida!

  9. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines says:

    Hi Georgia, you don't have to say chocolate souffles to me twice. I have to make these really, really soon! Thanks for sharing another wonderful blogger with us, I will go by and say hi. Sorry about the snow! Hopefully your weekend is better.
    -Gina-

  10. thecompletecookbook says:

    What a decadent dessert!
    :-) Mandy

  11. foodtravelandwine says:

    It looks so yummy!!….and easy too!!…..I love chocolate souffle….and yours is tempting me….Congratulations!!…..Abrazotes, Marcela

  12. sweetsbysillianah says:

    beautiful souffle… this would be great for Valentine's Day, but i'm not sure i'd be able to share! ;)

  13. Kate @ Diethood.com says:

    Holy yumminess! That souffle is just wonderful and so perfect … wow … delicious dessert! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Happy Friday Dennis. Georgia that souffle looks so inviting. I have never made one before and was just thinking I should give it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. sara @ CaffeIna says:

    I love Georgia's blog and I love souffles so i guess today is my lucky day! Thank you both for letting us drool over this recipe. Happy Friday! (hopefully with a better weather!)

  16. oh, thanks for this post I've been wanting a chocolate souffle for 2 for while now. I have a wonderful chocolate almond one but can't find the recipe in my millions of recipes.

  17. All That's Left Are The Crumbs says:

    Great guest post. This souffle looks so good.

  18. These look great! How can I not comment on your post when my name has souffle in it?? Great job on those chocolate souffles and I love your blog too!

  19. something good says:

    excellent recipe and photos!

  20. I have not tried a souffle. Looks really soft and delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

  21. Wonderful souffle from a wonderful blogger :) Thanks for introducing us to one more your friend :)

  22. Jill Colonna says:

    What a wonderful dessert, most inspiring as haven't had this in such a long time. Beautiful photos, too.
    Bon courage with the snow and take care!

  23. Like Georgia, I'm more a cook than baker, so I'm inspired! Just found the perfect Valentine's Day treat, or maybe a perfect break from this horrendous winter! Thanks for sharing, Dennis!

  24. Lovely dessert!!! I will have to add to my to do list!

  25. Another fabulous guest post and a new blog to explore! Georgia, I'm definitely trying your mouth watering recipe…thank you, and Dennis, for sharing!

  26. As always, Georgia…it looks like heaven in a bowl!! Great guest post, than again…all your posts are stunning! Great choice Chef!!

  27. Thanks Dennis, for a another fabulous guest blogger.
    I'm running out to the store to buy a souffle ramekin, before it snows:)
    I've made chocolate mousse, but never chocolate souffle. This dessert will be perfect for V-Day, Georgia.

  28. Pretend Chef says:

    Anytime I think of chocolate souffle the thing that comes to mind is my favorite movie, Because I Said So. This would be perfect to learn to make and serve to my friends for a girl's movie night! This looks so delicious and is a wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  29. Anna's Table says:

    Sorry to hear about all the snow in your area. We haven't been hit as hard this year, but recently went through quite the cold spell.
    I will have to keep this recipe in mind for next month. It's really perfect for Valentine's Day. It's so decadent and delicious looking.

  30. Angie's Recipes says:

    Georgia, those soffles look heavenly! And your photography is excellent too.

  31. So glad you did a guest post with Georgia, I love her!

  32. jose manuel says:

    Esto es una delicia

  33. Rachel @ Mother's Mementos says:

    This looks absolutely delightful! Thank you for sharing, Georgia.

    And yes, this weather is definitely making me feel sluggish and tired. I hope spring comes soon!

  34. I'm totally with you. This looks dreamy and gorgeous and just simply amazing!

  35. Jennifurla says:

    Yeah! Georgia! I love her blog already and am a follower. Might I also add she always takes the time to visit over in my neck of the woods. She is talented blogger

    Gorgeous dessert

  36. Brandie@thecountrycook says:

    I have really been wanting to try my hand at making a souffle. And who doesn't LOVE chocolate (ok, well maybe a few folks, but not me!). Looks fantastic.
    Chef Dennis – sorry about your driveway. I feel your pain!

  37. freshandfoodie.com says:

    These are gorgeous! What a luxurious treat.

  38. Lawyer Loves Lunch says:

    I love that this recipe uses both eggs whites AND yolks! I hate having one or the other sloshing around in my fridge. Oh and chocolate? Can't go wrong there. I'm definitely making these soon! :)

  39. Sprinkling of Sugar says:

    Love a guest blog, makes the computer community feel so much warmer. Thanks for sharing this delicious dish!

  40. H Dennis and Georgia! This chocolate souffle sounds wonderful and better yet, it sounds like something I could even make, considering I'm not the best baker. I've always shied away from souffles because they seemed intimidating and fussy but not yours. A very elegant dessert too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  41. mamashack says:

    This is the fourth time I have seen a post about chocolate souffle. The universe is telling me something, no? Looks really beautiful.

  42. A little bit of everything says:

    i haven't had chocolate souffle in ages and never attempted to make my own. yours looks so good and you make it sound so easy to make.
    thanks for sharing Georgia, and thank you Chef for another great post.

    Have a wonderful weekend both of you

  43. BakingWithoutaBox says:

    I love Georgia. So I actually saw that she was guest posting on her site first. But I came over right away. So that counts as double love, right?
    These souffles look decadent and rich and mushy goodness. Beautiful rise. And gorgeous photos as always.
    Thanks Chef Dennis!

  44. Torviewtoronto says:

    beautiful pictures and lovely dessert

  45. Mateja ^_^ says:

    I never made a souffle before and I think it is time to try! Since I joined FoodBuzz, I learned so much new stuff. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

  46. Elisabeth says:

    What a beautiful and delicious chocolate souffle…So nice to meet you, Georgia!

    Thank you Chef Dennis for introducing a talented baker to us. So sorry for all the tremendous snow you've all been getting. I can understand your frustration…seems like it's never ending this winter.
    Sending you sunshine, from S. Florida!

  47. The Mom Chef says:

    Oh Georgia, that's gorgeous. Every photograph made me want to lick my monitor. Thank you for sharing that sinfully delicious recipe.

    Chef, again you've introduced me a new blog. Many thanks, my friend.

  48. Get Off Your Butt and Bake! says:

    Oh Boy . . . Do we ever know what snow is!
    In Idaho, we are shoveling out daily. I enjoy your blog, and now I can also enjoy Georgia's as well.

  49. Anna Johnston says:

    Sending some warmth & sunshine over to you guys from Australia, sounds like your all getting a bit frozen with all this snow huh. Lovely chocolate souffle, I adore them & have been wanting to find an excuse to make them up soon, I think this blog just might have tipped the scales. Thanks so much for sharing, it looks divine.

  50. mangiabella says:

    this souffle looks incredible and definitely would be the perfect dessert for an intimate celebration! Stay warm Dennis!

  51. Gorgeous souffle! I agree that souffle is easier than pie — I've never messed up a chocolate souffle, but I've had a couple of not-so-great pies. And I like the use of milk chocolate in this one.

    Dennis, I feel your pain. The snow piles on either side of my driveway come up to my shoulder because they never melted in between snowstorms.

  52. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Georgia, your souffles are wonderful! And Dennis, please stay warm in the snowy north!

  53. Congrats to Georgia and Chef Dennis…#1 for top 9 today:)

    Needless for me to say anymore…the chocolate scouffle is a winner alright…right now wishes to have one…yum yum yummy..thanks Georgia for sharing such a delectable dessert. I will try my hands at it…a long time since I last made one ! :)

    Have a great weekend :)

  54. You've been having a tough winter, no question. Stay warm, Dennis. (and plowed)

    Nice guest post! Perfect for Valentine's Day chocolate lovers!

  55. I am definitely ready for dessert! This sounds great! What a wonderful guest post!

  56. Yum! Such a beautiful souffle! It's great to meet you Georgia and I can't wait to check out your blog a bit more.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  57. ladymorgiana says:

    looks fantastic! fantastic post Georgia :)

  58. Looks delectable! So yummy!

    http://www.mandysrecipebox.blogspot.com

  59. Carla Meine says:

    This looks great and I agree with you, they're easier than they sound. Nice to meet you.

    Dennis it sounds like you're getting more snow than us here in Utah. We've had a few storms but pretty mild winter so far. Thanks for introducing us to Georgia.

  60. Sprinkles of Parsley says:

    Looks incredible!! What beautiful pictures and wonderful recipe!

  61. Chocolate souffle is easy?! I hope so because I really want to try this recipe. Georgia makes it look so beautiful! Love the ingredient photos.

  62. The Enchanted Cook says:

    VERY nice!! I will have to make chocolate souffles next! Thank you Chef Dennis for introducing Georgia! Heading over to say hello to her now! And Congrats on the Top 9!!!

    Buzzzz~
    -Veronica

  63. That souffle is just so pretty. I have never attempted one. You make it sound so easy, though, that maybe I will overcome my fear. Great guest post.

  64. A Thought For Food says:

    This is a fantastic recipe… and the perfect dessert to impress dinner guests. Another great guest post!

  65. Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } says:

    Now that is a comforting dessert! Thank you for introducing us to such a wonderful blog! Congrats on the Top 9!

  66. Wow, Georgia & Dennis! This souffle does look so delicious. I wish you guys were here to make some and then have tea;) Ooh, and it is simple-me likes that!

  67. I've been wanting to try my hand at chocolate souffle like… forever…
    Guess time has come!
    Great post, Georgia! Now, I'm running to your blog, can't wait to see what you got there!
    Thanks for sharing the simplicity and deliciousness of this souffle!

  68. denise @ bread expectations says:

    What a gorgeous and inspiring recipe! No excuses now for not making souffles for dessert LOL Thank you Georgia for sharing this lovely recipe! Btw – your photos rock!

    Thanks Dennis for another inspiring guest post.

  69. Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com says:

    Awesome Georgia. I've had a go – you can see my photos here : http://siliconemoulds.blogspot.com/2011/01/chocolate-souffles-from-comfort-of.html

    Tasted great, rose a treat – but look a bit messy I'm afraid !

    Not bad for my first ever souffles :-)

  70. Dionne Baldwin says:

    Oh now I see why you don't want snow! It sounds like you are getting that rough winter we were supposed to have. :(

    Thank you for having Georgia! I just love her posts and her photographs are so colorful and amazing!

    I regret that while Yannick's mother was here we did not get to make a souffle together. But she did tell me how and said she believes I can make a truly good souffle. I may have to make this and send her a pic. ;)

  71. Oh this souffle looks stunning! Lighter than air and super tasty! The pictures are lovely as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Sorry about your driveway Dennis!

  72. Magic of Spice says:

    Hi Georgia, I agree definitely sinful…Chocolate souffles are always a delight :)
    Another wonderful guest post Dennis!

  73. Jessica @ bake me away! says:

    I haven't tried souffles yet, but this looks so simple! They really came out lovely. :)

  74. K. Belfield says:

    This will be the first thing I make in my new reliable oven. I am very much looking forward to it. Already have the recipe printed out. Thank you for sharing!

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