Monday, March 17, 2008

Chocolate Fudge Soufflé Bars


As promised, here is another delicious baked item! This time it's chocolate fudge soufflé bars. I wasn't sure quite what to expect but the blurb before the recipe described it as "a chocolate fudge filling sandwiched between a crunchy brown sugar crust and a thin, crisp chocolate top". I just couldn't resist.


Since I used an 8x8 pan instead of 9x9, my bar ended up half crust and half chocolate fudge souffle, which was okay with me because I really love crust. The crust part was like shortbread, and the chocolate part was very soft and fudgey, with the promised slightly crisp top. Quite a delicious little bar that's something a bit different!


If this sounds good, you might also like:
Andes Chocolate Mint Cookies
Chocolate Pots de Crème
Chocolate Orbit Cake
Cream Cheese Brownies




Chocolate Fudge Soufflé Bars
Adapted from 125 Cookies to Bake, Nibble, and Savor

Makes 12 to 16 bars

Crust
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces

Topping (Fudge Soufflé)
3 tbsp unsalted butter, cut in pieces
5 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs, separated
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tsp hot water
1 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour

Make the crust: Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Put the flour and packed light brown sugar and the salt in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed just to blend the ingredients, about 10 seconds. Add the butter. Increase the speed to medium and mix until fine crumbs form, about 1 minute. (Some large crumbs, about 1/4 inch in size, will remain.) Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it evenly over the bottom.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Bake the crust until the top is golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Make the fudge souffle: Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof container and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture into a medium bowl and set aside.

Put the egg whites and cream of tartar in the large bowl of an electric mixer and beat on low speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until soft peaks form. Reduce the speed to medium and slowly beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon every 30 seconds.

Whisk the egg yolks, dissolved coffee, and flour into the chocolate mixture until blended thoroughly. Fold in half of the beaten egg whites, then fold in the rest of the egg whites. Spread the filling evenly over the baked crust.

Bake just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it, and the top looks firm, about 15-20 minutes. Cool thoroughly in the pan on a wire rack. Use a sharp knife to cut into 12 to 16 individual bars.

25 comments:

ovenhaven said...

Oh my heart stopped at the title of the post! This sounds too good to resist. Consider this enthusiastically bookmarked. :P

LisaRene said...

Oh my gosh, "Tuesdays with Dori" and all these other good sweets in between - wish I was your neighbor :)

L. said...

I just found your site yesterday and all I can say is Thank You! It was quickly bookmarked and emailed to friends.

Bellini Valli said...

I wish Vancouver wasn't a 4 hour drive over the mountains...I would be on your door step now:D My daughter is coming home from UBC tomorrow...then back to Van.

BitterSweet said...

Mmm, those do look fudgy and delicious!

Hendria said...

Incredible..... :)

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Yum, I like the looks of these!

Deborah said...

This is different, and sounds completely delicious!!

Christine said...

Oh my these look so yummy! I just found your site and I am bookmarking you!

giz said...

There's a selfish part of me that says you made those just for me. The other part of me says thank goodness they're not in reach otherwise they'd be history within an hour. Gorgeous...gorgeous...gorgeous!!!

Lisa said...

These sound (and look) fabulous! I always keep my eye out for new brownie ideas. Just ate dinner but I wish I could have one of these for dessert!

winedeb said...

I am sitting here thinking that I would love to have something chocolate for dessert. Then I come to your site! OMG, these look marvelous! They surely would curb my craving!

bbaking said...

these look yummy!

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look absolutely delicious!!!!

Jaime said...

wow, how decadent!

Kelly said...

Mwahaha - these look magnificent.

Indigo said...

Oh my days, these look to die for! I think I need some now. Like, right now.

Holler said...

Wow, I want a square of this, or maybe two or three! Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't make these unless I have guests!

Gigi said...

Absolutely fudgy, indulgent, and chocolate-y. The perfect bar cookie!

Tracy said...

It's two desserts in one! Looks wonderful!

Kevin said...

Those bars look so good...mmm...

Carla said...

Oh...my...goodness. Guess who added these to her to-bake list?

Peabody said...

Those look good!!!

eatme_delicious said...

Thanks everybody. :)

Jannett said...

These look very nice... :)