Chocolate Souffle Cupcake

今天烤了几个可爱的小cupcake, 大致是照这里的recipe做的:
http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/chocolate-souffle-cupcakes-with-mint-cream/

Makes 9* cupcakes (see Note above)

Chocolate Soufflé Cupcakes
6 ounces (170 grams) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I preferred this with bittersweet)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) (86 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) espresso or instant coffee powder
3 large eggs, separated
6 tablespoons (97 grams) sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

White Chocolate Mint Cream
2 ounces (56 grams) white chocolate, finely chopped
3 ounces heavy whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Get the white chocolate mint cream ready for later: Place the white chocolate in a small bowl. Bring the cream to a simmer, pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute to melt the chocolate. Whisk well. Add the peppermint extract and whisk again. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the cream. Chill until very cold, about two hours.

Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9 standard-size (3-ounce) muffin cups with paper liners. Stir chocolate, butter and espresso powder together in heavy medium saucepan over low heat mostly melted, then remove from the heat and whisk until it is fully melted and smooth. (I like to put the butter underneath the chocolate in the pan, so that it protects the chocolate from the direct heat.) Cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally.

Using electric mixer (a hand mixer, rather than a stand mixer, actually works best here because the volumes are so small) beat egg yolks and 3 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl until mixture is very thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Briefly beat lukewarm chocolate mixture, then vanilla extract, into yolk mixture. Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites in another medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and all of the salt, beating until medium-firm peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Divide batter among prepared cups, filling each three-fourths of the way. (You might find, as I did, that you had enough leftover for a extra half-cake. That’s your “taste tester”. It’s a, uh, very important part of the process.)

Bake cakes until tops are puffed and dry to the touch (some may crack, embrace it) and a tester inserted into the centers comes out with some moist crumbs attached, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a cooling rack, where the cupcakes will almost immediately start to fall. It will be all the better to put your mint cream on them.

Finish your masterpiece: Beat mint white chocolate cream with electric beaters until soft peaks form. Remove cupcakes from pan, arrange on a platter. Fill each sunken top with a healthy dollop of white chocolate mint cream. Top with shaved dark chocolate, if you’re feeling fancy. I’d say “eat at once” but I suspect that you already have.

不过我没有白巧克力和mint, 所以就用之前买的orange milk chocolate和cream打了个orange flavor的whipped cream…然后就直接用勺子舀了填到蛋糕上, 所以看起来完全没有上面那个网页里的美貌.

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cupcake的batter里我还额外放了2-3 teaspoon的cocoa powder, 打蛋白时还放了一点cream of tartar. 巧克力蛋糕那个烤出来的香味哟…今天算知道怎么叫chocolaty了!
不过今天打鸡蛋比较失败, 因为右手拇指破了贴着胶带, 于是用左手敲鸡蛋, 想不到对于右撇子竟然如此艰难! 一个大力金刚指下去, 把一个鸡蛋的蛋白蛋黄连带蛋壳捏成了一团…
souffle的要义, 乃是要将蛋白和蛋黄清白地分开, 然后下死力把纯洁的蛋白打成白白的,膨松轻软的糊糊, 然后小心地和蛋黄等其他糊糊轻柔地混起来, 以达到让烤出来的蛋糕松软light的效果.
然而我的鸡蛋被捏碎后, 蛋白里混了几咪咪的蛋黄…我挑也挑不出来, 心想这么点东东应该不会有多大影响吧? 结果就被screw了……

一开始我的电动mixer拿去调巧克力和蛋黄了, 所以我一时豪情(外加懒惰懒的洗mixer), 决定用手上来打蛋白!
据说打蛋白里面放点acid会比较容易打成形, 或者在copper容器里打也比较容易, 于是我自己加了点recipe里没写的cream of tartar, 然后轻舒玉臂(…), 开始用whisk来干活. 感觉这玩意真锻炼肌肉, 每天这么打一趟, 我的肥胖的手臂估计就会线条优美了……总之是打了两三分钟以后我就基本陷入瘫软状态了, 然而蛋白还只是泡泡多了点而已!然后我呼哧呼哧地喘着大气, 断断续续地(大部分时间是断…)打了10分钟,蛋白依然是白里透黄的乳白泡沫浆状.
又坚持了个两三分钟我就彻底投降了, 洗了电动mixer换上来干活. 然而……无论我怎么打, 高速低速中速, 那传说中雪白粉嫩的”soft peak”始终没有出现. 大概又过了5-6分钟我彻底放弃了, 终于意识到大概之前混进去的奸险的蛋黄把我的小蛋白给害了!
总之这时候我的蛋白们依然是乳白的, 充满细密小泡沫的浆状.
不过最多出来质地没有那么完美轻浮么, 第一次尝试意思到了就行了.
于是我吧蛋白浆倒进蛋黄和巧克力的mix里fold了, 然后灌模, 进烤箱……10来分钟后香味四溢.
不知道是不是因为蛋白的质地没有whip到位, 按recipe里说的烤了块20分钟后拿出来面上干了, 里面却还是湿的. 之后我又放回烤箱多烤了将近十分钟, 然而出炉后蛋糕心子依然是比较湿的brownie状. 不过总之味道还是极其香醇美好底~~~外表也还是很pp的~

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