A soufflé is such a beautiful and sophisticated dish. It is delicate, light, and airy, like a puffy cloud. I must admit, though, that the idea of making a soufflé was very intimidating to me. I tend to focus on the things that could go wrong – it wouldn’t rise, it would fall flat midway through cooking, or it would be lopsided. However, I came across the following tips for making the perfect soufflé and it gave me the push I needed to give it a try.
Tips For Cooking Soufflés (adapted from The City Cook)
- A soufflé is customarily baked in a tall, round, fluted dish with straight sides to promote rising.
- Soufflé dishes must be prepared with a coating that helps the batter rise. By coating the inside of a soufflé dish first with butter and then with a dusting of sugar, the batter doesn’t adhere to the side of the dish, thus leaving it free to climb to the top. Once prepared, place the dishes in the refrigerator until ready to fill.
- Very fresh egg whites have a high water content so they are prone to graining and do not hold air as well. It is best to use eggs that are 4 or 5 days old.
- When whisking the egg whites, it’s essential that there not be a single bit of egg yolk in the whites because it will interfere with getting the necessary volume. Also, make sure the mixing bowl is meticulously clean, with absolutely no residue to ensure that the egg whites whip properly. Continue reading