It never ceases to amaze me how much more reliable a Julia Child recipe is than that of any other cookbook author I've followed. I've been reminded of that fact again this week on a few occasions, this chocolate soufflé being one of them. Julia’s Chocolate Soufflé has been on my “Bucket List” of recipes to make for quite a while. I practiced with her Cheese Soufflé recipe a few months ago and it was spectacular. Soufflés are inherently daunting. They’re extremely delicate and fragile, and the thought of making one can be overwhelming. It shouldn't be. Worst case scenario you still end up with a delicious chocolaty dessert, even if it deflates into a somewhat less-than-beautiful glob. I was pleasantly surprised how well mine turned out. I will be a little bit extra careful next time not to over-beat my meringue though--you want it to be shiny peaks, but not dry peaks. Mine were bordering on dry and there were a few spots in the final result that you could detect the variation in texture.
This recipe is quite a few steps, but nothing really difficult. You’ll need to melt your chocolate, make a chocolate sauce, make meringue, and fold them all together. Then just bake and serve. Give it a try. It's a wonderful dessert for Valentine's Day!