Palo Chocolate Souffle

3 T butter, plus more for greasing the souffle cups
6 T sugar, plus more for dusting the souffle cups
1 C milk
3 T flour
3 T Dutch processed cocoa
2 oz (1/3 cup) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
4 eggs, separated

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and set a full kettle of water on to boil.

Butter 6 four-oz souffle cups and coat with sugar. Set aside. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cocoa to the butter and beat with a whisk until it has a smooth, paste-like consistency. Reduce heat and let the mixture cook 1 minute. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking until smooth, then blend in melted chocolate. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes, then stir in egg yolks.

In a separate bowl beat egg whites until frothy. Slowly add sugar, 1 T at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir a heaping spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining whites just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared souffle cups. Place the cups in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the souffle cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with vanilla and/or chocolate sauces. Serves 6.

Vanilla Sauce

1 1/4 C heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 T sugar
2 small egg yolks

Bring cream and vanilla bean to a low boil over medium heat. Combine sugar and egg yolks. Add 2 spoonfuls of boiling cream to egg mixture and stir well, then pour back into the remaining cream and continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce

3/4 C boiling water
4 T sugar
6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
3 T cocoa

Bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Cover pan and let sit a few minutes until melted. Stir in cocoa until smooth.