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Senior Care Recipes: Chocolate Souffle

Senior Care in Healdsburg CA

Every special occasion needs a decadent dessert, and that is especially true during the holiday season. This recipe is for perhaps one of the most decadent desserts available, a chocolate soufflé.Senior-Care-Healdsburg-CA While these puffed desserts have a reputation for being extremely challenging, they are actually perfectly approachable if you are willing to take the time to go through the recipe and follow each step exactly.

Making one of these impressive desserts is the perfect way for your aging loved ones to make a contribution to dinner, whether they make it with you or with their senior care provider. Going through the recipe is a fantastic way to stimulate their minds and work their memory skills, cognitive processing centers, and critical thinking. When they are finished, they get the sweet reward of a sense of accomplishment and a delicious treat they can share with their friends and family.


What You Will Need

• Confectioners’ sugar for garnishing

• 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

• 8 large egg whites at room temperature

• 1/2 cup of sugar, plus 2 tablespoons

• 3 tablespoons of warm water

• 3 large egg yolks

• 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

• 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus extra for preparing the molds

• 7 ounces of chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

• 6 6 ounce ramekins

• A medium heatproof bowl

• A saucepan

• A standing mixer

• A baking sheet


What to Do

• A day ahead, brush the ramekins with soft butter and then coat with sugar before placing them in a freezer

• Set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F

• In the medium heatproof bowl, add the chocolate and butter together

• Fill the saucepan with an inch of water and bring it to a very slow simmer

• Set the bowl over, but not touching the water

• Stir the chocolate occasionally, until it is smooth and melted

• Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in vanilla extract

• Set the chocolate aside

• In the standing mixer, combine the egg yolks and warm water

• Beat the egg mix until frothy

• Gradually add 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue beating about 5 minutes, until ribbons form

• Lightly fold the yolks into the chocolate mixture

• Rinse the mixing bowl well

• Remove the ramekins from the freezer

• Put the egg whites in the bowl of the mixer and add lemon juice

• Beat the egg whites on medium until frothy

• Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar

• Increase the speed to high

• Beat until the whites are able to hold a stiff, but not dry peak

• Fold about a third of the egg whites into the chocolate quickly

• Fold the remaining whites in until blended

• Gently ladle the soufflé mixture into the ramekins

• Place the ramekins on a baking sheet

• Level off the surface with a straight edge and scrape any excess mixture back into the bowl

• Immediately place in the oven and bake between 18 and 20 minutes, until the soufflé rises about 1 and 1/2 inches from the ramekins and the tops are just barely browned

• Remove the soufflés from the oven

• Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Healdsburg, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! Sonoma County: (707) 238-5700 or Marin County: (415) 942-8955