The restaurant in question is called La Gondola. It's on Wilshire just east of Doheny in Beverly Hills. Their other food is pretty good too. But this dessert? Amazing.
So amazing, that I knew I had to attempt something like it on my own. Mine did not turn out quite as good, as I do not have the little mini cast irons, and instead used ramekins.
Ramekins make for a thicker souffle thing, with a less-doughy center. And that doughy center is what made the other one so good. So, maybe someday I will find the mini cast iron skillets and be able to make a little piece of heaven in my own oven.
In the meantime, you can check out this close-and-still-good version.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Souffles
makes 4 ramekins (3 1/2 x 2)
from How Sweet It Is
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside in a bowl.
Cream butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Spray 4 oven-safe ramekins with non-stick spray and divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Press the dough into the ramekins – each one should have about 1/3-1/2 cup dough.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the middle is still slightly gooey. Set aside and let cool for 5 minutes until they can be handled then serve with vanilla ice cream.
Sifted flour and stuff. I used wheat flour as to try to be more healthy. Big mistake. It tastes different. I can't deal.
Creaming the butter and sugar.
Adding the egg and vanilla.
And the flour mixture. Whoops, blurry photo.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Fill up some ramekins. Mine are all slightly different sizes, because I felt like being a rebel.
Out of the oven. I did the minimum 18 minutes, because I like gooey.
Ice cream, plopped. Dig in. Enjoy. Wonder why you've never had this sort of thing before.