What you learn: Timing. Courage. And the bewitching power of chocolate as it forms into a fragile pudding with a molten heart of rich chocolate lava.
125g butter, plus 2 tsp extra
200g bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
35g plain flour, sifted
1. Heat oven to 170C. Use extra butter to grease four 150-millilitre heatproof souffle moulds or ramekins, and place on a baking tray. Melt remaining butter and 150 grams of chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.
2. Using an electric beater, beat eggs, yolks, sugar and vanilla for two minutes until pale and creamy. Fold in chocolate mixture, then sift flour over the top and fold through.
3. Bake for 13-14 minutes until puffed and set on top but still soft in the centre. Invert each mould on to a warm dessert plate, drizzle with cream and scatter with remaining chocolate.
Tip New York chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten says the best way to serve them is to invert each mould on to a plate, and let sit for about 10 seconds. "Then unmould by lifting up one corner of the mould," he says.
This is one of Jill Dupleix's 10 recipes everyone should master.