Everything I’m going to write proceeding these words is going to sound unintentionally romantic. But isn’t that the usual case when talking about France? Olivier Palazzo is the Executive Chef of Brooklyn’s Loosie's Kitchen. Olivier has been cooking his entire life and wanted to share some desserts with us, you, the internet, the world, just in time for Valentine's Day. Olivier began his culinary career in the south of France, where the charming chef first began mastering desserts. At the time, his visions were just ideas, it would take years of schooling and working at a variety of restaurants to bring these treats into fruition. Watching Olivier cook, I learned that you apply what you already know to an idea, to a pre-existing creation, to create something new, even better—delicious. And that’s exactly what these desserts are, a culmination of Olivier’s experiences from a man who loves to cook. And hey, he ain’t too bad look at either. But don’t get too excited ladies, while we know a man with a great smile who also enjoys dessert is tempting, he’s taken … but the steps to your taste buds greatest romance are up for grabs, below we share three recipes straight from Olivier’s kitchen.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Butter 6 ramekin dishes and coat with granulated sugar, tap the side of the ramekin upside down to remove any excess sugar. Heat the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over simmering water in a pan, stirring occasionally until blended. Once blended, remove the bowl from the pan.
- Using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites and drop a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Mix until soft peaks form. Add the 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar slowly, beating constantly until peaks are stiff. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they’re a slightly paler color. Add the whisked egg yolks to the melted chocolate mixture.
- Spoon the chocolate mixture into the prepared ramekins and arrange them on a baking sheet. Carefully put them in the middle of the oven and bake until the souffles are cooked and risen, which will take about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the souffles from the oven and top with two Merry Maraschino Cherries. Don’t forget to sprinkle some powdered sugar on top!
P.S. Add some extra love with some scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.