These soufflés are much simpler and far less intimidating to whip up than you might expect. Give these a try and see for yourself!
Gluten-free basics: Miracle Souffles
Ahh, the soufflé – it has all the stability of a hormonal teenage girl in love. The potential for highs as high as the farthest reaches of the galaxy and lows so low I shudder to contemplate the depths. Perfection and bliss can plummet into heartbreak and disaster in the blink of an eye (or the slam of a door).
This is why I decided to see if I could come up with a gluten free recipe for soufflés that are a lot more stable, less fraught with potential disaster, and much more “user friendly.”
Typically a soufflé is made by combining a sauce that starts with a mixture of flour and butter, enriched with cream or milk and egg yolks, then folding this into stiffly beaten egg whites. It is time consuming and the results are fragile. So many things can cause the soufflé to not rise and then even if it does rise, a loud noise, a gush of air or even your breathe can cause it to fall. And of course getting something to the table this fragile is just plain stressful.
If you have wanted to entertain with soufflés but were afraid of the hormonal, emotional
Gluten-Free Miracle Souffles
1 tablespoon softened butter or gluten-free non-stick cooking spray
6 large organic eggs
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
6.5 ounces garlic and herb soft cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously grease 8 (1-cup) oven safe ramekins or 1 (8-cup) soufflé dish with either butter or non-stick cooking spray.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks, placing the whites in a mixing bowl and the yolks in a blender.
To the egg yolks, add the cream, salt and pepper. Turn the blender on high and mix until combined. With the blender running, add in the crumbled goat cheese, a little at a time. Then spoon in the garlic and herb cheese and finally add in the pieces of cream cheese, letting the mixture blend for a second between each addition. Once all the cheeses have been added and the ingredients are fully incorporated, blend for 5 more seconds.
Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and mix in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer on low until the cream of tartar is fully incorporated into the whites. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer to high and mix until stiff peaks form. Pour about ¼ of the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites and fold in until fully mixed. Add the remaining egg whites and fold in – it is fine if there are a few larger pieces of egg whites in the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish(es) and bake 15-20 minutes for individual soufflés, or 40-45 minutes for a large soufflé. The soufflés should be risen and golden brown.
roller coaster – this is the recipe for you. The egg yolks base can be prepared up to a couple hours ahead. While it is probably best to whip the egg whites and combine them with the yolk mixture just before putting the soufflés into the oven, I let mine sit for about 10 minutes first, just to see what would happen and they were perfectly great! And I didn’t have to rush these to the table. I know
how to photograph items that are fragile; I have learned a few tricks along the way. But I wanted you to see what these soufflés looked like after sitting around for 10 minutes or so and as you can see in the photos, these guys held up quite well indeed.
So here you go – a gluten free recipe for a stress-free “miracle” soufflé that won’t send you on an emotional roller coaster!