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Cheese soufflé

Preparation

20 to 25 minutes

Cooking

25 minutes

Servings

4

Cheese soufflé
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Ingredients

45 ml (3 tbsp.) butter
80 ml (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour
250 ml (1 cup) milk
1 pinch grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
100 g (3 1/2 oz.) shredded Gruyère

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)
  2. In a saucepan, melt 30 ml (2 tbsp.) of butter over medium heat.
  3. Add 50 ml (3 1/2 tbsp.) of flour.
  4. Cook while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 2 to 3 minutes or until the roux whitens.
  5. With a whisk, add the cold milk and cook while stirring frequently. Season.
  6. Cook until the sauce boils and thickens.

    Note: This béchamel must be thick, and it is important that it remain that way for the  soufflé to be a success.


  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. Off the heat, quickly add 3 egg yolks*, one at a time, stirring well (be sure to reserve the whites).
  9. Add the Gruyère and stir well. Place in a bowl. Set aside.
  10. Line 2 soufflé moulds, 12 cm (4 3/4 in.) wide by 10 cm (4 in.) high, with the rest of the butter and flour.

    Note: Once this operation is done, it is important not to touch the inside of the moulds as it would compromise the success of your recipe.


  11. In a large bowl, place 4 egg whites. Add a pinch of salt.
  12. With a whisk, whip the whites until stiff and firm.
  13. In another bowl, using a spatula gently fold 1/3 of the whites into the béchamel.
  14. Fold the rest of the egg whites into this mixture, and stir gently.
  15. Place the preparation in the moulds, filling up to 3/4 of each mould.
  16. Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes.
  17. Serve immediately.

    Note: It is essential not to open the oven door before the end of the cooking time: any temperature decrease may spoil all your work!


*The fourth egg yolk may be reserved for another recipe or discarded.

Note

 It is essential not to open the oven door before the end of the cooking time: any temperature decrease may spoil all your work!

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