Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Nutmeg and Chili Chocolate Souffle

In the spirit of Valentine's day I've decided to make something rather sinful, which apparently boasts aphrodisiac qualities.

This souffle has 3 distinct tastes. Nutmeg which is tasted first, has been though of as an aphrodisiac for centuries. It's believed in Eastern cultures that nutmeg increases both sex drive and fertility. Chocolate, the strongest flavor in this dessert, is a stimulant that mimics endorphins, giving an overall sense of well being and excitement. Chili, the last flavour undertone, is thought to release endorphins giving the body a natural high.

Nutmeg and Chili Chocolate Souffle
50 grams (half a regular sized chocolate bar) dark chocolate. Do not use bakers chocolate.
1/2 chili pepper
3 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
unsalted butter to coat ramekins

Preheat fan oven to 180 degrees C (200 degrees C if conventional oven.) Butter 2 large ramekins or 4 small ramekins. In a food processor pulse the dark chocolate and the chili until a course powder forms. Melt the chocolate mixture in a double boiler or in the microwave. Separate the eggs. Put the whites in a large bowl and the yolk of the egg back into the food processor. Whisk the egg whites until they form a soft peak (about 5 minutes using an electric egg beater) Add the sugar to the egg whites and whisk a further 2-3 minutes. Mix the melted chocolate with the egg yolks in the food processor. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg white. Add a pinch of nutmeg to the mixture and pour into the buttered ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serves 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

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