T(hursdays)WD #84: It’s pronounced soo-flay
“The only thing that will make a soufflé fall is if it knows you are afraid of it.” ~James Beard
Oh man. I’m screwed. James Beard said so.
Being a foodie and watching the food network and Top Chef, I feel like I should know who James Beard is. I’m sure you’ve heard of this chef or that chef getting nominated or winning the James Beard award right? Regardless, it’s a pretty big deal (apparently) to win his self-titled award. At least that’s the impression I get. So if James Beard says that you can’t do souffle with fear you can imagine that added to my apprehension.
Don’t ask me why but I had the distinct feeling that souffles were complicated, temperamental, tedious.. well… you get the picture. Maybe that’s why I put it off until Thursday. My apologies to this week’s hostess with the mostess, Susan of Doughmesstic (you can find the complete recipe on her blog) for procrastinating this week. A souffle might not be a daunting task to a master baker like herself but me… little ol me… was scurred. I wonder if any other Tuesday with Dorie bakers shared my fear.
Anyone… Bueller? Bueller?
Recipe from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan
I used 1/2 bittersweet and 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate. The melted chocolate+sugar doesn’t look to appetizing right now but just wait and see…
Don’t ask me why but I love the picture (R) where I caught it mid-mix and you can see the beautiful bubbles. Point and shoot baby!
Folding egg whites always makes me worry. I’m not a good egg white folder. I tend to doubt myself mid-folding and probably fold more than I should. <~ Yes, I am a neurotic baker.
Aren’t my mini 2oz souffle cups so cute? I am in love with them. I halved the recipe and got 8-2oz souffles. What the heck am I gonna do with 8?? I guess I have no choice but to eat them. There are starving children in China!
IT’S ALIVE! *muhahaha* But dang they deflate fast. I was all ready to pour some caramel sauce on top for an uber fabulous picture but I swear I turned my back for <1minute and it was a flat cake. When Dorie says "serve immediately" she wasn't joking!
Husband rating: A/A+
At first he saw it and said “That’s it? Where’s the frosting, the sauce, the bells and whistles?” but after one bite he was sold. Last count he ate 3 of the mini souffles. HA HA
Wifey rating: A+
Sinful. I wasn’t sure I’d be a souffle person but I’m definitely a souffle person. Only takes one bite and you’ll never go back.