The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Issue No. 25

In this issue, visit France from home - Gascony, and Provence, fabulous day trips from Paris, captivating Toulouse and charming Northern France. Recipes, guides and a whole heap more to entertain and inspire...

Le Soufflé is

Le Soufflé is considered a culinary masterpiece in France. The word soufflé comes from souffler – to breathe or to puff, and this dish takes puffing to an art form! The first time the recipe for a cheese soufflé was recorded was 1742 in Le Cuisine Modern by Vincent La Chapelle (modern for those times of course!). La Chappelle was known to cook for rich and wealthy clients, including Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV. Years later, Chef Marine-Antoine Carême, one of the first celebrity chefs, published “Le Pâtissier Royal Parisien” published in 1815, contained several pages on the art of making soufflés. It put the dish thoroughly on the gastronomic map of France and the world. Ingredients 50g/½ cup/1.3 oz Butter, plus a little extra for greasing 25g/¼ cup/0.9 oz Breadcrumbs OR 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese 50g/½ cup/1.03 oz Plain flour 1 teaspoon mustard powder 300ml Milk 4 medium eggs 100g/2/3 cup/4oz strong grated cheddar (blue cheese or goats cheese are good too Salt and pepper to season

Audrey Hepburn learns how to make cheese souffle in the film "Sarbina." The master chef critiques the dishes: "Too low; too high; too heavy; sloppy” or in Sabrina's case, uncooked as she forgot to turn the oven on! Here's how to make it perfectly with an easy to follow recipe... How to make a perfect cheese soufflé Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and pop a baking sheet on the middle shelf. Butter a 15cm (6 inch) soufflé dish, then sprinkle in the breadcrumbs OR the Parmesan cheese (whichever you prefer) and shake the dish to make sure the crumbs/Parmesan cheese are evenly spread and tip the rest out. Melt the butter over a medium heat in a pan then stir in the flour and mustard powder. Keep stirring for about a minute. Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the milk, mixing it thoroughly. Return the pan to the heat and stir continuously for around 10 minutes until the mix becomes very thick. Transfer the mix to a bowl and allow it to cool. Separate the egg whites into a bowl and fold the yolks into the sauce then the cheese, and season well. Whisk the egg whites until peaks form. Using a metal spoon, gently stir the whipped whites into the white sauce. Then spoon the mixture into the greased dish. Run a cutlery knife around the edge to help the souffle rise above the rim and not stick. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden and risen and has a slight wobble. Serve immediately and enjoy enormously!

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