I'll let you in on a secret: when it's late at night and there's no one else on the road, I will more than likely drive over roundabouts. Of course, I also avoid my boyfriend's glares and then sheepishly explain, "I don't like moving my arms." I'm not an inactive person, I'm actually quite athletic. It's just that at the end of a long day of driving - granted curves and bends are fun - my arms are tired and roundabouts are just too much.
Likewise, some things like rocky road involve too much chewing. It tastes great, don't get me wrong, but after 3 bites my mouth is just in mastication overkill. This is why I decided to make a gooey rocky road: the same great taste but with 95% less chewing required.
To a chocolate soufflé, I added pink marshmallows, white chocolate bits and macadamia shortbread. The white chocolate and marshmallow melt into the soufflé and you end up with a rich, intensely chocolatey soufflé with gooby bits on top. The macadamia shortbread is dense and crumbly and it all just melts in your mouth. This is exactly the kind of lazy eating that's needed for a long weekend.
Gooey Rocky Road Soufflé
Adapted from Gordon Ramsay's Chocolate Soufflé recipe
Unsalted butter for greasing, softened
6 squares dark chocolate, finely grated
200g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), chopped
80g egg yolks
200g egg whites
150g castor sugar
White chocolate bits
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Grease the sides of 8 small ramekins with butter in upward strokes. Refrigerate for 5 minutes and grease again. Sprinkle grated chocolate on the sides evenly.
In a small saucepan, combine cornflour with a bit of milk and create a smooth paste. Gradually mix in rest of milk. Bring to the boil on low heat, whisking continuously. When the mixture thickens after around 30 seconds, add chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk egg yolks in. Cool in a large bowl.
Beat egg whites with an electric beater. When medium peaks form, gradually add castor sugar. Beat until thick and glossy.
Carefully fold egg whites into chocolate mixture, one third at a time, until just combined.
Pour into ramekins and level off with the back of a knife.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the soufflés have risen well past the rims of the ramekins.
Serve immediately with marshmallows, white chocolate bits and crumbled macadamia shortbread.