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Daring Cooks Challenge: Soufflés November 14, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Breakfast,The Daring Cooks' — pastrybrush @ 11:43 am
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Yes, Yes, Yes.

You have entered the zone of procrastination station, and I was suppose to post this on November 14th.  The whole stomach bug thing, put me out of commission for awhile and I said I would make this and I DID!!!! YAY!!!

Because I was the only person eating this, for breakfast, I decided to only make half a recipe.  I also substituted spinach because I was unable to find watercress.  As you will see from the picture, I didn’t use a souffle dish when I baked it so it flared out a little and essentially looks like it is wearing a brown hat 🙂  My bad, I had a few dishes handed but I figured the big one was too big and the tiny ones WAY too small.  I opted for another dish that of course didn’t have straight sides.  The Souffle turned out great.  It was very yummy and perfect for breakfast.

So again, I apologize for my lateness and with out further ado, blog check lines, recipe, and picture 🙂

Dave and Linda from Monkeyshines in the Kitchen chose Soufflés as our November 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge! Dave and Linda provided many of their own delicious recipes plus a sinfully decadent chocolate soufflé recipe adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s recipe found at the BBC Good Food website.

Watercress Soufflé
A Monkeyshines in the Kitchen recipe

Ingredients
2 Tbsp 1 oz/30g butter plus additional for the soufflé dish

3½ Tbsp (55 ml) 1 oz/30g plain (all purpose) flour

1 cup/8 fluid oz (240ml) milk

½ cup (120 ml) 2 oz/60g parmesan cheese, finely grated plus additional for the soufflé dish

1 cup (250ml) 2 oz/60g finely chopped de-stemmed watercress (can substitute spinach) – about 1 large bunch (this measure is the leaves after they’ve been washed, de-stemmed, and chopped)

4 large eggs, separated

½ tsp (2½ ml) (3 gm) (.1 oz) prepared mustard

¼ tsp (1¼ ml) (1½ gm) (0.05 oz) cream of tartar*

Salt and pepper to taste

* If you can’t find cream of tartar, a dash (~ ½ tsp) of lemon juice can be substituted

Directions:
1. Butter the soufflé dish(es) thoroughly, then grate a small amount of cheese in each dish and tap so that the sides are evenly coated with the cheese. Place the dish(es) in the refrigerator until needed (according to some sites, this helps the soufflé climb).
2. Preheat the oven to moderate 350º F / 180º C / gas mark 4
3. Wash and chop the watercress if you haven’t already.
4. Finely grate the parmesan cheese
5. In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then stir in the flour to make a roux. Cook 1 minute, then add the milk, a little at a time, and stir until just thickened, about 1 minute. Add the cheese and stir until it’s just melted. Remove from heat then add the watercress and salt and pepper.
6. In a larger pan, bring water to a gentle simmer. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl set just over this water until pale and slightly foamy – about 6 minutes. (I held the bowl just above the simmering water to be sure I didn’t cook the eggs)
7. Mix the egg yolks into the watercress sauce.
8. Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until they form stiff peaks yet are still glossy.
9. Fold the egg whites into the sauce in 3 additions so that it’s evenly mixed, but you don’t lose too much volume.
10. Remove the soufflé dish from the refrigerator and spoon the mix into it. Use a spatula to even the tops of the soufflés and wipe off any spills.
11. Bake 25 minutes for small dishes or 40 minutes if using a large soufflé dish, then serve immediately.

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