Few days back, we friends (bhailis) had a potluck lunch, and I had chosen to make a dessert. As my other friend Yamini was making lemon-pie, I wanted something other than cake or pie. By the way she bakes just awesome cakes that not only taste good but look lovely too – no wonder we all call her ‘Dessert Queen’ 🙂
Since kids were to be also there, I had to plan-out something that would be liked by all – kids as well as their moms. Initially, I was considering gulab-jamun or dry-fruits kheer or jalebi’s. Although, these Indian desserts are usually liked by all, I wanted to present them with something new. Something that was not commonly heard in my friends circle.
When it comes to cooking, it’s in my nature to explore something new, to try something that I haven’t done earlier. I always ask this question to myself – “when was the last time I did something for the first time”. Let me tell you, it’s quite a thought-provoking question, and works really well whenever I feel stagnated or bored in life.
OK coming back, however I as not able decide the final recipe. Therefore, I called my sweet sister – one of my closest bhaili and who is always there to give wonderful ideas.
I told her about potluck lunch and the dilemma I was in regarding finalizing the dessert. Within no time, out came the suggestion – Mocha Souffle. She often makes this recipe and was very confident that it will be liked by everyone.
However, my first concern was how will I manage a baking-dessert during lunch time. I had to leave by 1 pm and before that I had to prepare lunch for hubby and daughter as well. Reason behind this worry was my experience with my daughter. Seeking attention, she usually play more tantrums whenever she senses that I am busy in some work – no wonder you can’t run away from Murphy’s Law 🙂
So, my sister advised to go with non-baking option of souffle. But then, can a non-baking preparation be called a souffle. However, with her explanation and some research on web, I got convinced that Souffle can be prepared in two ways – either baked or can be set in fridge. Generally, the baked option (with egg) is more common.
Since, we are pure-vegetarians, I went for the second option – the not-so-common egg-less souffle. It’s an easy recipe which can be set in fridge for an hour before serving.
However, I had just one day to go (discussed this recipe with my sister on Wednesday afternoon, and lunch was on Thursday), and I had never made this recipe before. So, I thought to first prepare it according to the procedure that my sister shared, and then if time permits and if everything goes well, I’ll make the final dish with my variation.
Now, thankfully everything went according to the plan. I was able to prepare the original dish as-is, and was liked by both – my daughter and husband. I shared the picture of final dish with my sister, and she also okay-ed its final look. I was now feeling confident that I was on right track.
It was now late Wednesday evening, and my plan was to experiment with my variation by Wednesday night itself. Get it tasted by my hubby and daughter, and if they will like it, I’ll be good to go with my version of souffle. Otherwise, original souffle recipe was always there to fall-back on.
My variation of souffle was ready by 10 pm. Got it tasted by my husband (daughter had already slept), and he instantly approved it. However, with kids in mind, I had to get it tasted by my little angel as well.
So, the next morning when she woke up, instead of offering milk, I presented her my last night creation. She, was literally surprised that without any demand how come her mummy was offering ice-cream (she thought it was ice-cream) instead of that boring milk 🙂
Anyways, she also loved it, and now it was final that I’ll go ahead with my variation of souffle.
Thankfully, it was liked by all friends and their kids as well. It felt really satisfying when they asked for the recipe. Isn’t it a great feeling when someone asks the recipe of any dish that you prepared! That is actually a genuine appreciation which is most heartening.
So, here goes my version of Mocha Souffle. It’s a very easy to make dessert that surely will leave a very good impression on your guests.
Servings – 6
Preparation time – 25 min
Setting time – 60 min
- ½ tin (200 gm) condense milk
- 2 tbsp coffee powder
- 1 cup fresh cream
- 1 tbsp sugar powder/ icing sugar
- 125 gm unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 100 gm Oreo biscuits crushed (kids just love Oreo, so I opted for it. Otherwise, you can go for any other chocolate biscuit as well.)
- ¼ cup roasted and crushed almonds and walnuts
- Take butter and sugar in a bowl.
- Mix them till light and fluffy.
- Add coffee and cocoa powder, and mix well.
- Whip the cream, and add condense milk to it.
- Add this to butter and cocoa powered mixture and slowly start folding with the help of spatula.
- Add crushed Oreo and nuts into the mixture (keep aside approx 1 tbsp for topping).
- Transfer to serving bowl.
- Keep in fridge to set for minimum 1 hour.
- Sprinkle crushed Oreo and nuts before serving. You can also add chocolate chips or crushed chocolates. All these taste good and make souffle more tempting.
So, keep this easy dessert recipe in your bucket-list of trials. Also, be always open to experiment and add new twist to the original version. Let your creative juices flowing and let everyone of us get a taste of it by not forgetting to share the final result in the comment section below 🙂