I made a soufflé for my first time a couple of months ago, and they turned out really good. I always thought soufflés were hard to make, but they’re really not.
Things you need:
8×8 casserole dish(glass or ceramic)
Truffle Salt(Thanks for this, Kat! this salt is a little pricey, but it will last you a long time. You can find it at William-Sonoma for $25. You can just use regular salt, too. It will still taste good)
Half a stick of unsalted butter
An electric handmixer
A large bowl, a small bowl and two ramekins
A medium-sized sauce pan
One cup of milk ready to use
1 and 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
A quarter cup of flour
Four eggs(leave on counter 30 minutes prior to starting)
The first step is to separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Do this with four eggs. Use the two ramekins for this step, egg whites in one, egg yolks in the other. I have this handy tool that separates the yolk.
Here is a pic…
You can do this by hand if you don’t have a yolk separater. When using a yolk separater, sometimes the egg white doesn’t separate so easily, so just carefully, with clean hands, pour the yolk into your fingers so the egg white can run off into the ramekin. Be very careful not to get any yolk in the egg whites.
At this point preheat the oven to 350F.
Pour the egg whites into a large bowl. With the handmixer beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This process takes about five to eight minutes.
Now, set aside the egg whites. Take the small sauce pan, and place a half a stick of butter into the pot. Set the heat to low. You will need your whisk for this step. Once the butter is melted, add a quarter cup of flour. This mixture is called a roux.
Whisk the butter and flour well. You don’t want chunks of flour in the butter.
Warm the one cup of milk in the microwave for one minute. Once the milk is ready, pour slowly into the butter and flour mixture, aka roux. It will look like this at first…
Take a spoonful of the roux and add it to the ramekin with the egg yolks. With the same whisk, whisk the yolks and spoonful of roux together. After the yolks are mixed well, pour the yolks into the saucepan with the roux. Keep whisking. The mixture will slowly start to thicken.
Add the cheddar cheese and four large pinches of truffle salt(or salt). Mix well. Once the cheese is completely melted, remove the saucepan from the burner, and then turn off the stove. Pour the roux mixture slowly into the egg whites. You want to keep the egg whites fluffy, so gently fold the egg whites with the roux. Do not stir. Stirring will cause the egg whites to lose its fluffiness.
The color of the egg whites and roux mixed together will be yellow with spots of white. It looks almost like scrambled eggs.
Spray the 8×8 glass or ceramic casserole dish with a non-stick spray. Pour in the soufflé mixture.
Set the casserole dish on the middle rack of the oven, and cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes it will look like this…