Hi from the Laughing Kitchen,
After a long day of brewing, you'll usually find me unwinding in the kitchen with my wife and three beers. One for each of us and one to cook with. Beer is an incredibly versatile ingredient that offers a wide array of flavors from bright, citrusy hops to roasty, chocolaty malt and even spicy, peppery yeast. Around our house, you'll find beer in everything from braised boar loin, to cured salmon gravlax and even dessert. We're kicking off our first recipe post with my wife Lexi's amazing Chocolate Stout Souffles. The addition of the stout lightens the souffles with its carbonation while deepening the chocolate flavor with its roast malt and cacao nibs. We debuted these at our first beer dinner with Old Skool Cafe and they've been a regular feature at our dinner table ever since. Hope you enjoy them.
Laughing Monk Devil's Hoard Chocolate Souffles
Serves 4. Note when scaling this up: use a ratio of whites:yolks of 3:2 if possible, rather than the 4:3 listed below.
4 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (65% - 80%)
1 ⅓ cups whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 egg whites
big pinch salt
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Laughing Monk Devil's Hoard Imperial Belgian Stout
Some extra butter and granulated sugar for preparing the ramekins
4 single-serving ramekins
Stand mixer with eggbeater attachment
Spatula and wire whisk
Two saucepans and one slightly bigger frying pan
A sheet pan
1) Preheat oven to 425. Put the oven rack in the middle.
2) Prepare the baking dishes.
Butter the insides of the ramekins. Sprinkle some granulated sugar in each ramekin and roll it around so it sticks to the sides. Set ramekins aside onto the sheet pan.
3) Melt chocolate.
Put a few inches of water in one saucepan and put on the stove to boil. Once it’s started boiling, turn down the heat to low.
Break up the chocolate into small hunks and put it in the frying pan.
Set the frying pan on top of the saucepan that has the water.
Let this sit until the chocolate melts. It’s OK to stir with a spatula if you want to.
Proceed to step 4 in the meantime, while the chocolate melts.
4) Prepare the roux
Put the flour in the other saucepan, over medium heat on the stove.
While whisking, add in the milk slowly.
Then, continue whisking, add the butter.
Cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture starts to boil.
Once it boils, keep going for about 2 minutes more, until the sauce thickens.
Remove from heat. Stir for a minute more to cool it off somewhat.
5) Turn the roux into tasty beery chocolate sauce!
Add vanilla into roux. Stir.
Add the egg yolks into roux. As you separate the three eggs, put the whites in the bowl of the stand mixer and the yolks into the roux. Stir the sauce after each one.
Add the melted chocolate into the sauce. Stir.
Add the beer into the sauce. Stir.
6) Prepare the egg whites.
Mix the egg whites on high until they reach soft peaks.
Add salt and granulated sugar.
Mix until stiff peaks.
7) Fold everything together
Take a scoop of the egg whites out of the mixer and put it in the chocolate mixture. Stir normally.
Then, pour the pan of chocolate sauce into the mixer bowl with the egg whites. Gently fold together until there are no longer visible clumps of egg whites. Don’t overbeat - the less you touch it, the fluffier the f