February 12, 2014

Make Caramel Brownie Soufflés with Brownie Mix

Brownie Caramel Souffle

I’ve made many a soufflé from scratch but sometimes it is good to know how to hack them, too. This foolproof method of making souffles out of a boxed brownie mix always works like a charm. The soufflés come out airy, moist and rich and you don’t have to spend a lot of time making the batter from scratch. I prefer to top mine with a little caramel sauce and ice cream, but you could use whipped cream too.

The key to making these treats is all in the eggs. Instead of mixing together regular batter with eggs like you would to make brownies, you separate the eggs, whip up the whites, and fold them into the batter like you do a real soufflé. The technique is very simple and works like a charm every time. The whipped whites force the batter to rise, balloon-like out of the ramekin, and they stay risen just long enough for you to drizzle them with caramel and get them to the table. The texture is airy and moist, and it tastes like a soft brownie…only better.

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Make Caramel Brownie Soufflés with Brownie Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 box Ghiradelli double chocolate brownies
  • 3 large eggs
  • Caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Butter and sugar 6 1-cup ramekins and place them on a cookie sheet.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and reserve the yolks for making dinner. Whip the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl prepare the rest of the brownie mix with the oil and water as directed. Then, gently fold in the egg whites just until they are incorporated. It is fine if there are still streaks of white showing.
  5. Divide the batter evenly amongst the ramekins so each ramekin is about ½ full.
  6. Bake the ramekins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the top of the brownie is set and a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Baking time will vary slightly based on your oven. Remove from the oven and drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately!
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  • Alice

    So how long do they bake?

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi! So sorry, there was a code mix up. The baking instructions are printed now!