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Double Baked Cheese Souffle

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About the bake

Soft and fluffy, these delightful cheese soufflés are a wonderful treat that the whole family will enjoy. Serve as a delicious starter at a dinner party or as part of a full meal with a sprinkling of salad. You can even mix and match your favourite cheeses too. If you need some general souffle tips, have a look at our classic video below. 

50Total Time
15Prep Time
35Bake Time
4Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4). Liberally grease four ramekins.

  2. Step 2:

    In a saucepan heat the milk, onion, nutmeg and bay leaf until simmering. Season to taste.

  3. Step 3:

    Drain into a jug to remove the onion and bay leaf.

  4. Step 4:

    In a clean saucepan, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring for a minute until it creates a glossy paste consistency.

  5. Step 5:

    Gradually pour in the milk mixture, continually stirring and heat on a low heat until it begins to thicken.

  6. Step 6:

    After a couple of minutes, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.

  7. Step 7:

    Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks into this mixture. Then add 85g of the cheese and mix until incorporated.

  8. Step 8:

    In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they reach a soft peak. Add this gradually spoon by spoon to the cheese mix, being careful not to beat the air out.

  9. Step 9:

    Divide the mixture into 4 ramekins and place them in a roasting tin. Fill the base of the tin with boiling water about 1cm in height.

  10. Step 10:

    Bake the soufflés on a high shelf for 10-12 minutes until set and springy in the middle.

  11. Step 11:

    Once removed from the oven, place the soufflés immediately into the fridge to cool. Or if you are making them in advance, you could even freeze them. If freezing, make sure that the soufflés are fully defrosted before baking a second time.

  12. Step 12:

    When you are ready to serve them, remove from the fridge.

  13. Step 13:

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6)

  14. Step 14:

    Place the ramekins on to a baking sheet, sprinkling the remaining cheese over the top, bake for 20-25 until puffy and golden.

  15. Step 15:

    Serve immediately with a shaving of cheese for decoration.

Ingredients

    • 225ml Milk (whole)
    • 1 Onion(s) (halved)
    • 1 Bay leaf
    • 1 tsp Nutmeg
    • 25g Butter (unsalted)
    • 25g Self-raising white flour
    • 2 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 110g Cheddar cheese (grated)

Utensils

  • 4x Ramekins
  • Saucepan
  • Jug
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Baking sheet

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