Making soufflé is easier than you think. Make this delicious French at home and please everyone.
Souffle is just a matter of time. The time gap from the oven to the table. So, there is famous French saying, “ Le soufflé n’attend pas, on attend le soufflé.” Meaning le soufflé doesn’t wait, we (the guests) wait. But today I will not wait for le soufflé, but I will make the soufflé!
Soufflé a la vanille – Vanilla soufflé
For 2 1-cup-ramekins or 4 1/2-cup-ramekins
Prep time: 30 min
Cooking time: 15 min
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (14g)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour ( 10g)
- 1/2 cup milk, hot (120 ml)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar (30g)
- 2 eggs, medium-sized, seperated
- Pinch salt
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
- Additional butter and caster sugar to prepare the ramekins
1. Prepare the ramekins.
Brush the ramekins with butter at room-temperature. Brush from bottom upwards. This will make the soufflé to rise evenly. Then, coat the ramekins with sugar. And shake out any excess; set aside.
2. Make béchamel sauce (white sauce).
2-1. Over medium heat, add butter in the sauce pan and melt it. Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute stirring with a wooden spoon. This is white roux.
Remove the pan from the heat, gradually add hot milk, and stir until smooth and combined. Back to medium heat stir constantly until it comes to a boil. The sauce should form ribbons. This is white sauce. Remove from the heat.
2-2. Add in salt and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Separate the egg white and egg yolk and add in the egg yolks one by one and stir to combine. The sauce pan is still warm, so pour the sauce into a separate bowl to prevent unwanted evaporation; set aside.
3. Make French meringue.
Whisk egg whites. It is not mixing. It is incorporating the air. Keep whisking until firm peaks form. Add gradually sugar while slowly whisking. Keep whisking until soft peaks form. This is French meringue. It takes about 20 minutes with hand.
4. Combined white sauce and French meringue.
Add about one third of the French meringue into the white sauce and whisk until homogeneous. Then, pour all white sauce into meringue and whisk until just combined. Be careful not to crush the delicate meringue.
5. Fill the ramekins.
Spoon the mixture into ramekins. Run thumb around inside of rim. This will help the soufflé to rise straight.
Bake at 390 degrees F (200 C.) for 12 to 15 minutes or until well risen.
Place on a plate because ramekins are very hot. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately out of oven.
This is classic French vanilla soufflé.
Well risen. Golden brown top. Pale yellow inside.
The texture is mousse like, very delicate and hot mousse.
“A woman happy happy in love, she burns the soufflé. A woman unhappy in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.” In Sabrina (1954)
Bon appetit! Thank you for watching.