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French Souffle

Ingredients :

For 4 servings

Flour - 1 tbsp
Unsalted butter - 1 tbsp
Warm milk - ½ cup
Vanilla extract – ½ tbsp
Caster sugar - 2 tbsp
Eggs - 2 nos
Salt - pinch
Icing sugar to serve
Butter and sugar to prepare the Ramekins

1. Take melted unsalted butter to brush the inside of ramekins well from bottom upwards. This helps an even rise of the soufflé. Sprinkle sugar to coat the ramekins with sugar. Shake out any excess and then keep in refrigerator to chill.
2. Preheat a pan in medium heat. Add butter and melt it. Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute stirring with a wooden spoon.
3. Remove the pan from oven, add warm milk, and keep stirring until homogenous and smooth. Put the pan to medium heat, stir continuously till it boil. The sauce should form ribbons. Pour the mixture onto a pan at normal temperature to prevent dehydration. Take egg yolks, add caster sugar and vanilla extracts. Start beating till it becomes a thick paste. This is white sauce.
4. Take the egg white in a dry bowl, add sugar gradually and whisk slowly till it looks foamy, creamy and peaks form. Be careful not to crush this. This is French Meringue. ( set the oven to preheat at 200° C.)
5. Then, pour about half of white sauce into meringue and mix by fold inside with a spoon while rotating the bowl. Add balance of white sauce. Keep lifting with a spoon to mix and combined. Be careful not to crush the delicate meringue.
6. Pour the mixture into ramekins using a laddle. Run thumb around inside of rim to help the soufflé to rise straight.
7. Put the ramekins in the oven preheated at 200° C and allow to bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until well risen. Imagine when it emerges from the oven puffed up like a pillow with a golden surface and soft, yielding middle
8. Sprinkle icing sugar and serve immediately out of oven.
(Baishali Ghosh)

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