My first Tuesday with Dorie and I get to make a souffle. How cool is that? Okay, so maybe it is not so exciting for some of you expert bakers but I am new to the baking world and this week is the first event I am participating in as a member of the Tuesdays with Dorie baking club. Every week, a group of bakers attempt a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours and share their experiences. This week, the recipe is Chocolate Souffle on page 406 chosen by Susan of She’s Becoming DoughMessTic.
I had attempted a souffle before. It was a strawberry flavored one and only had three ingredients: egg whites, pureed strawberries and the optional sugar. So when I saw Dorie’s recipe which included more ingredients, I got a little alarmed. My first strawberry souffle turned out okay, with the batter puffing up like a proud cake. This time I am making a version which included egg yolks, milk and chocolate. Add to that, I halved the recipe (which usually spells a baking disaster for me) and tried to fit the batter in 4 ramekins instead of the stated 7-cup souffle dish. Following the instructions dutifully, I finally put the ramekins in the 400F preheated oven, closed it and waited. The instructions said not to open the oven door for 40 minutes. Not even to peek. Wait! I only made half a recipe! Does it mean I get to look after 20 minutes?
I did. And this is what happened…
It cracked, fell and sank! I may not have gotten the souffle Gordon Ramsay calls a “sexy pudding”, but at least we know it tasted good!
Oh well..I may try the recipe again in the future. For now, we’ll just enjoy its chocolatey goodness, even without the ice cream or creme anglaise!