National Chocolate Soufflé Day
annually on February 28th
Food & Drink
Snacks & Desserts
A soufflé is a French dish that is usually associated with dessert, but that can be both sweet or savory. Today the focus is on the chocolate soufflé, one of the most popular sweet soufflés. To make the dish, egg whites are beaten till they form a soft peak, and are then folded with custard. This is combined with chocolate and baked, usually in a small dish called a ramekin. When baking, steam bubbles from the egg whites cause the soufflé to rise and puff up, but it deflates when the steam cools down. Powdered sugar is dusted on top, and ice cream, whipped cream, dessert sauce, or fruit are often served with it.
The first soufflé recipe is attributed to French master cook Vincent La Chapelle, who featured the dish in his cookbook Le Cuisinier Moderne in 1742. The soufflé was popularized by Marie-Antoine Carême, another French chef, in the early nineteenth century. Its name is the past participle of the French word "soufflér," which means "to blow," "to puff," "to inflate," or "to breathe."