Cheese Souffle 3/15/2012
Well, it’s in. Now I hold my breath. I second guess myself. Did I beat the egg whites enough, did they have the stiff peaks and shiny gloss? The gloss was there. Did I fold them into the béchamel cheese sauce just enough or not enough?
I just peeked after 32 minutes, it looks brown but with some pale surfaces. I had to use my Corningware square(ish) baker as I didn’t have a dish that was completely round and tall enough. Will it rise to the top or is my dish too tall for the amount of batter?
I’ve never made a soufflé. I just peeked again, two minutes to go and the top is nicely browned. But puff? Guess I won’t know until I take it out. Son announced that it didn’t sound good.
Timer went off. I removed soufflé from oven and took its picture. Since I didn’t take a picture before it went in, I am not sure if it rose much. Next I rushed it onto the table. Husband announced a quick bathroom break (aarrgghh) but son was sitting down on time for once. He crinkled his nose and said he didn’t think he was gonna like it. We said grace. No major deflating happened.
A scoop on each plate. Son toyed with it a bit with his fork. I told him to just try it. He did and said it reminded him of quiche and he doesn’t like quiche. I remember that he didn’t eat the Dorie quiche last summer (the one with spinach). Husband said it was good. After a few bites I said it needed crisp bacon or a ham steak on the side. Husband said orange juice, too. So we felt cheated somewhat as this soufflé was the only thing on the table. But we were soon full!!
So I cleaned up the pans, bowls, and spoons as I went. Lots of items needed for turning out this dish. Husband eyed the soufflé and asked if I sprayed it enough with Pam. Pam? No, I said, but I did spread a lot of butter. Not a strange question from the guy who usually has the bulk of clean up duty (hey, equal opportunity kitchen here). But I assured him it would clean up quick. I showed him after I clean it (just knew he wasn’t wanting to touch it) out while he took the dog out for the last bathroom break until early am.
So I would make this again for a weekend brunch or breakfast for supper. It needs some company on the plate though. I enjoy the cooking assignments. It takes me out of the familiar and into the unfamiliar. It continues to expand my cooking horizons.