The Dalek’s Chocolate Soufflé

Dalek's souffle - Doctor Who PartyIn celebration of Vegan MoFo, I’m doing a month of themed dinner party ideas! This week, I’m doing a Doctor Who theme!

Arguably the most well known of the Doctor Who villains are the Daleks.  The Daleks are an extraterrestrial race of mutants, who have had every emotion removed from them with one exception – hate.  Inside of their tank-like shells, their beings have been reduced to what looks like a very unattractive octopus.  With all compassion and pity gone, their one goal is to exterminate the Universe of non-Dalek life.

The Daleks have been around since 1963.  While they strike fear into the hearts of the Doctor, they don’t exactly look menacing on television.  With bodies reminiscent of salt and pepper shakers and cute blinky lights for ears, they aren’t quite the work of nightmares.  In fact, it wasn’t until the most recent series that the Daleks got past their Achilles heel, which was not having an Achilles heel or knees or any other joints.  That meant all a soon-to-be victim had to do was head towards a case of stairs, and she’d be safe.

Dalek's souffle - Doctor Who PartyOn the first episode this season the Doctor ended up at the Asylum, which is the prison where the Daleks keep the most deranged and battle-scarred amongst them.  While there, he traced a signal from a woman named Oswin, who had been hiding out in her crashed starliner for a year there.  To busy herself, she’d been immersed in making soufflés.  This perplexed the Doctor.  How could she be there for a full year and still make soufflés with no milk and no eggs.  Even the defunct Daleks seemed in on it, changing their usual catchphrase of “exterminate” and stopping at “eggs.”

You’d think that since the Doctor himself was vegetarian for three of his lives, he might have come into contact with vegan baking.  I don’t know why the Daleks were calling for eggs, when ground flax seed, bananas, or applesauce would do, but who understands cyborgs anyway?  I can only assume that what they meant to say was Ener-G Egg Replacer.

Dalek's souffle - Doctor Who PartyAfter watching that season opener, I knew what I had to do – make a soufflé dish that would do any Dalek proud.  I mean, one Dalek arm is practically a French whip.  They seem born to bake.  With bolts and metal balls, this soufflé dish brings cold stone to the warm pleasure of cooking.

After the soufflé dish was ready, the only thing left was to make the soufflé of Oswin’s dreams – no eggs or animal-based milk necessary.  Truth be told, before this I’d never actually made a soufflé.  (Although, surprisingly enough, the only soufflés I’ve ever eaten were vegan.  One of my favorite birthday desserts is the chocolate soufflé from Madeleine Bistro.)

Dalek's souffle - Doctor Who PartyI turned to the chocolate soufflé recipe in World Vegan Feast by Bryanna Clark Grogan.  With only pesky hands and an electric beater, I couldn’t quite go at it Dalek-style.  I whipped the Ener-G egg replacer into light, whippy peaks, folded it into chocolate batter, and poured it into two Dalek soufflé dishes.

Dalek's souffle - Doctor Who PartySince I was straying from the recipe and not using ramekins, which are smaller, I had to guess at the elongated cooking time and how much batter to pour into each one.  If I had to do it over again, I would have poured them fuller.  They actually sprang up quite a bit, but it’s hard to tell because my batter amount was on the shallow side.  I also had to guess a bit on baking time, since there was more batter per container than designated in the original recipe.

When all was said and done, I was rewarded with rich, chocolaty soufflé, both dense and light all at once.  After all, when my taste buds yearn for chocolate, you know that I obey.

Dalek's souffle - Doctor Who PartyCheck out the other Doctor Who party posts – Bow Tie Pasta Salad is Cool and Breaded Hearts of Palm with Avocado Dip.  The Whovian fun continues later in the week!  Peruse the other themed dinner party posts here.

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  1. cookeasyvegan says

    Great post — so funny! I still haven’t watched Dr. Who, but I have the feeling your descriptive posts are better!

    I don’t remember ever making a dessert soufflé though I’ve made savory ones. Now I’m intrigued. You should make some ramekins, don’t you think? Do you have your own pottery studio?

    • Cadry says

      Thanks, Andrea! Have you made savory vegan soufflés? I looked around for a good recipe for those, but the chocolate won me over. Plus, soufflés are tricky to master, and Bryanna Clark Grogan has a good track record. She seemed like a great place to start!

      I don’t have my own pottery studio. I just buy a season pass from a local studio. I get to use their equipment, and they fire everything in their kiln.

  2. says

    I haven’t watched Dr Who since I was a little kid but I appreciate the fact that you went to the effort of making a soufflé dish just for this post!! You’re so awesome :)

    • Cadry says

      I approve of all references to Dalek catchphrases! :) I was pretty intimidated by the idea of making a soufflé. They’re always talked about with such intensity!

  3. says

    What a great post, I love your Dalek action photos! I’ve never made a sweet or savoury soufflé before, I’ll have to look this recipe up in World Vegan Feast as my fellows would love it.

  4. says

    I can’t even find words for how great this is. It’s so hard waiting for the rest of this season to start airing! At least we have a Christmas episode to look forward to.

    • Cadry says

      Didn’t the last episode with Rory & Amy tear you up? I’m glad we got a little taste of what the new companion will be like in the coming season. I agree that it’s always so hard to wait in between breaks!

  5. says

    So cool! I have a friend who’s crazy about Doctor Who – he would just love this! Also, thanks for sharing the souffle recipe – I’ve been looking for one for a while now!

    • Cadry says

      Awesome! He sounds like a cool friend! 😉 Yes, check out this soufflé recipe the next time you’re in the mood for something chocolatey. It definitely takes some time and patience, but it wasn’t as daunting as I’d thought it would be. (Although, I’ll have to keep working at it to perfect it. I doubt anyone learns to make the perfect soufflé in a day!) :)

  6. says

    That is so awesome that you made the actual ramekin! I love ceramics, but need to, like you said, rent space from a studio or something. The souffle looks great! I have never had one before, but this makes me want to try it out. :)

    • Cadry says

      Thanks, Jackie! That’s cool that you do ceramics too! It’s such a great creative outlet. Plus, it’s just fun to make things from mud! Oh, yes, you should definitely try out a soufflé if you get a chance. A bit of chocolate does anyone good! 😀

    • Cadry says

      Thank you, Maggie! I was so daunted by the whole process, but once I’d made a soufflé dish for it, I figured I’d better follow through and make the soufflé itself!

  7. says

    I’m loving what a dedicated fan you are! You’re making me really want to see this show!

    That souffle looks great. I’ve eaten them before, just never made one myself. I think I need to do some experimenting!

  8. says

    holy moly! you are an excellent nerd, and I love it! I don’t watch Dr. Who, but I LOVE those dishes you made. also, I had no idea vegan chocolate souffle was even an option! I have that book by Bryanna, but I still haven’t really explored it. Now I know where to start!

    Happy end of Mofo, you’re posts this year were MOST excellent!!!!

    • Cadry says

      Yes, I’m waving my geek flag high with this post! 😀 I’ve only made a few things from that book too. (I checked it out from the library.) The directions are very specific, and she helps with every step of the process.

      Thanks so much, Amey! As always, I adored your MoFo posts. They always make me smile! 😀

    • Cadry says

      Thank you, Richa! I wish I was in Washington to make some soufflé for you. After all of your pizza escapades, you definitely deserve some chocolatey decadence! 😀

    • Cadry says

      Yay!! I’m so glad to meet more Who fans in the blogosphere! 😀 If you make any of these for your husband’s birthday, let me know! I’d love to hear about it!

    • Cadry says

      Thanks, Amber! My husband has a lifetime of Doctor Who collecting still in boxes in the basement as well. There’s no shortage of props for posts. This dinner party could go on for a while! 😉

  9. says

    Nice work! Soufflé-making is something I haven’t yet tried (I’ve never even had one before, vegan or otherwise), but this sounds great. I’ve heard nothing but good things about WVF — this is yet another excellent reason to finally peruse a copy!

    • Cadry says

      Thanks, Bobbie! I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of soufflé making, but I’m glad I took the leap. I haven’t perfected my technique in my first try, but it’s a start! I’ve checked WVF out of the library a couple of times. Lots of good looking stuff in there!

  10. says

    I LOVE Dr. Who! And I am so jealous of your Dalek stuff, especially the one that seems to be life-sized. I have that cookbook, so I will definitely try the soufflé out soon.

    • Cadry says

      Yay! Another Doctor Who fan! Thanks for the kind words. The large Dalek is about knee-high, and it’s remote control and can do voice commands. My husband received it as a gift a few years ago; he was pretty tickled. Let me know how it goes with the soufflé! :)


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