This antique chocolate souffle recipe hails from a cookbook from 1846 called Random Recipes, published by The Society for Seamen’s Children. The cookbook is a compilation of recipes submitted by society members. It was sold to raise funds for the organization’s cause. The Society for Seamen’s Children—known today as Seaman’s Society for Children and Families—was established to provide education and support to the children of sailors who had lost their lives at sea.
This chocolate souffle recipe is a testament to the timeless appeal of classic dessert recipes. Despite its age, this recipe still holds its own against modern souffle recipes. Happily, the chocolate souffle’s delicate, airy texture and intense chocolate flavor have been captivating palates for centuries. And this surprisingly simple recipe is sure to do the same for your guests. So, if you’re looking to bring a touch of history and indulgence to your dessert table, try this classic with some coffee ice cream on the side.
To convert the old recipe instructions of “bake in a moderate oven 25 minutes”, you need to determine what temperature a “moderate oven” is in modern terms. Typically, a moderate oven is considered to be around 375°F, but this can vary based on your range and personal preferences. So, to follow this recipe, set your oven to 375°F and bake the souffle for 25 minutes—or until it has risen and the top is golden brown.