French White Chocolate Souffle Recipe

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Soufflé is one of the classics of the French kitchen, yet many shy away from making it for fear of collapse, that  is sensitive and so easily ruined. It is delicate for sure, but not that difficult to make. Follow these few tips on how to make the perfect souffle. 

This white chocolate soufflé recipe is light and airy and makes for an impressive special occasion dessert.  Use red berries and citrus which both harmonize with white chocolate, whether in the form of a fresh fruit garnish or a sauce. If you're serving it for a winter holiday, be sure to enhance the soufflé's snowy mountain effect with a generous dusting of confectioners' sugar.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces white chocolate, chopped finely
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh raspberries, for garnish

How to Make It

How to make a white chocolate soufflé:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a large soufflé dish and sprinkle it with 1/4 cup granulated sugar; set the prepared dish aside. Stir together the salt, all-purpose flour, and remaining 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar; set the mixture aside.

Melt the white chocolate pieces in a heatproof bowl or double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring the chocolate constantly to avoid burning it.

(Even a small amount of overheated chocolate will ruin an entire recipe.) Once the chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from heat and stir in the egg yolks until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar on medium-high speed until they hold soft glossy peaks. Continue beating the egg whites on high speed, add the vanilla, and then gradually add the salt-flour-sugar combination, until the egg whites hold stiff glossy peaks.

Gently stir 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then carefully fold in the remaining whipped egg whites. The chocolate mixture should be evenly colored and light and bubbly, without egg white streaks or marbling.

Spoon the soufflé mixture into the prepared dish and allow it to rest, covered, for up to 30 minutes or bake right away for 25 to 30 minutes (slightly longer at high altitudes) until the soufflé has risen with a crusty exterior. Serve the soufflé with a dusting powdered sugar if desired.

If you find you are enjoying making a souffle, try some of these other classic French recipes. 

Classic French Lemon Basil Souffle Recipe

Vanilla Souffle Recipe

This white chocolate soufflé recipe makes 6 servings.