Blue Cheese Souffle with Fresh Figs and Honey

2013-07-27
  • Yield : 4 servings
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 35m
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing the ramekins
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for the ramekins
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • Pinch salt
  • Ground white pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 8 fresh black mission figs, split in 1/2 lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare 4 (8-ounce) ramekins by greasing them with softened butter and then coating them with sugar, tapping out any excess.

Step 3

Make a thick bechamel sauce base by melting the 3 tablespoons of butter over low-medium heat in a thick-bottomed pot. Just as the foam subsides, add the flour, stirring constantly with a whisk to prevent lumps. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to coat the flour with fat and remove the starchy taste; do not allow the roux to brown. Add the warm milk to the mixture and continue to whisk until smooth and thick. Remove from the heat. Beat in the egg yolks 1 at a time. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the cheese until incorporated evenly. Chill the mixture while whipping the egg whites.

Step 4

In a separate clean bowl beat the egg whites and cream of tartar just until soft peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the beaten whites into the bechamel mixture to lighten it. Then gently fold in the rest. Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins and place on a cookie sheet. Bake on the middle rack for about 25 minutes.

Step 5

The souffle is done when it has puffed over the rim, the outside is golden, and the center jiggles slightly.

Step 6

Serve with fresh figs and a drizzle of honey. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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