When it snows…bake.

I’ve been sleeping in the guest bedroom since Saturday when Mr. Prevention got sick. I am taking no chances with my health this winter — no illnesses, please! The guest bedroom has 2 huge windows and when the Monday evening sleet was slamming against the windows loud enough to wake me from a deep sleep, I knew the morning commute would be…terrible.

We awoke to find a solid layer of ice and more falling rapidly. Mr. Prevention and I work in the same town, so we car pooled to work. The 30-minute commute was nearly an hour both coming and going. Luckily, I was a machine on Monday and had already thrown dinner into the crock pot…but more on that tomorrow.

I was worried we might lose power with all the ice, but we only lost cable and internet. Which, by the way, really blows. A long, cruddy day and all I wanted was to cuddle up with my DVR!

But, when you have lemons, you make lemonade…or at least bake something with ingredients you have on hand while your husband hogs the TV with a bad action movie. Glad I have a cookbook collection — my online recipes are of no good without internet!

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Chocolate Souffle Cakes from Weight Watchers Winner’s Circle

6 Tbsp sugar, divded
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp very hot water
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 egg whites
6 Tbsp fat-free whipped topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray six 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins with nonstick spray. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar into one of the molds. turning to coat bottom and sides. Toss the sugar remaining in the mold into the next mold, and repeat until all molds are coated with sugar.

Whisk together cocoa, flour, and water in a large bowl until smooth. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of sugar, and whisk.

With an electric mixer or stand mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until foamy. Beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until shiny soft peaks form.

With a spatula, fold the beaten egg whites into the cocoa mixture, one-third at a time, until blended.

Spoon batter into the cups/ramekins, filling each half to two-thirds full. Arrange cups into a roasting pan. Place pan in oven, then carefully fill roasting pan with hot water until it reaches two-thirds up sides of cups. Bake until the souffles are lightly browned and puffed, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the cups/ramekins from the water bath. Serve immediately with 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Yield: 6 souffles.

Nutrition Information (per souffle): 94 calories; 1.8 g. fat; 72 mg. cholesterol; 33 mg. sodium; 17.7 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 3.5 g. protein

Result: These were quick and wonderful! The ingredients are ones that most people have on hand, and you can’t really beat a dessert for 94 calories! The souffles are rich and creamy and the perfect size — not too much, not too little! Enjoy!

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Luckily, the cable and internet came back on…just in time to see our beloved Illini take on Penn State 😀 Chocolate Souffle and basketball…not too shabby of an evening, after all.

And off work today? That’s not too shabby, either (we’ll see if class is canceled, too!)! 😀 Especially since the lack of cable “forced” a second rest day — hitting it hard today! Promise! 😉

Question: Do you have a snow day today? If so, what will you be up to? 🙂

Stay safe! And warm!

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23 Comments

  1. February 2, 2011 / 6:51 am

    Oh my gosh Nicole, I didn’t get any sleep last night! Nick and I brought our guest mattress down to the basement because I Was afraid our tree would fall on us…haha, I’m such a baby. The ice was melting on our large tree and the wind blew the water and branches on our house ALL NIGHT. It was really scary, and loud, and I barely slept. Ugh. I should have gotten up to bake!! 🙂 This souffle sounds marvelous. I think I’ve made one souffle my whole life, and that was in food science class. I believe my souffle fell before she got to it…. so sad.

  2. February 2, 2011 / 7:34 am

    Loving this souffle! Sometimes I crave those days that leave me housebound – as long as I am not sick 🙂

  3. February 2, 2011 / 8:05 am

    No snow day here. But on the rare occasion that I do have a snow day, I also bake. Or nap.

  4. February 2, 2011 / 8:53 am

    I have a snow day today – I hope to get a lot of reading done for school this weekend!

    Those cakes look delicious – and very easy to make. I just need to find some ramekins….

  5. February 2, 2011 / 9:47 am

    No snow days in VA, but that’s OK with me. I work from home so a snow day would have just changed the scenery. My parents, however, have snow up to their necks in Mass!

  6. February 2, 2011 / 9:49 am

    Hope Mr. P feels better soon! I’ve been trying my best to avoid getting sick this winter–so far so good! And I agree, baking is the perfect snowed-in activity 😉

  7. February 2, 2011 / 9:53 am

    Baking is my favourite thing to do on a snow day… it’s a fun indoor activity and turning up the oven helps keep the housed warm, eh?

    I’m impressed by your souffle. I’ve never made a souffle before!

  8. February 2, 2011 / 10:26 am

    Yep – we have a snow day! We got about 17 or 18 inches of snow last night. (p.s., I live in Cary, which is a suburb past Barrington, but before Crystal Lake – it takes me about 50 minutes to drive to Oak Park) 😀

    Stay warm!

  9. Holly
    February 2, 2011 / 10:56 am

    I have an Ice Day today! I am camping out with my sister, her hubs and their kiddos. We are having so much fun. 🙂 We’re gonna hit the Easy Bake Over later!!

    I hope Mr. Prevention feels better soon!

  10. February 2, 2011 / 10:58 am

    A snow day would be awesome! But it’s clear skies here today 🙁

    Your souffle is very impressive. You are a master baker Nicole, another home run!

  11. February 2, 2011 / 11:11 am

    yup…snow day here too. Didn’t loose power or cable…but there was a ton of ice coming down yesterday….the poor dog…I really felt bad for her…slipping and sliding and being pelleted with freezing rain!

    I MUST make those souffles! Sounds like an answer to those monthly chocolate cravings!

  12. February 2, 2011 / 12:15 pm

    Yay for a snow day! I agree, the best thing to do on a snow day is bake! 😉 These look pretty fantastic Nicole…and I have everything on hand for them! 🙂

  13. February 2, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    Oooh that souffle looks delicious! I’ve never made one but I might have to try this 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  14. February 2, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    I feel so bad for people who have to drive in such bad snow! Baking always makes cold winter days brighter! Your chocolate cake looks delicious.

  15. February 2, 2011 / 2:11 pm

    So wish I had a snow day today. I did yesterday though and it was so refreshing. I loved every minute of it. That dessert looks yummy!

  16. February 2, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    Wow. It’s so weird to see all that snow everywhere… I miss the snow (but I also now I would get tired of it quickly…).

    The chocolate souffles sound wonderful!

  17. February 2, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    I had a snow day yesterday and today but I’m sick so it’s no fun at all 🙁 I really wanted to do some baking!

  18. February 2, 2011 / 5:38 pm

    I think we’ve had a snow month! Luckily we work from home, so we don’t have to trek out into it. I sympathize with those that do, though! 🙁

  19. February 3, 2011 / 12:25 am

    Yikes, what a bad snow and ice storm. Really hope things get warmer soon, and that Mr. Prevention feels better. Take care and keep warm.

  20. February 5, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    Only 94 calories?? Wow – it looks so decadent too! I also love baking when it’s snowy 🙂

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