Gruyère soufflé


Gruyère soufflé

Sophie Dahl
Serves 6
Prepare 20 minutes
Cook 15 minutes

* 30g unsalted butter, plus another 10g, softened
* 230g gruyère, grated
* 20g plain flour
* 250ml semi-skimmed milk
* 6 eggs, separated
* A pinch of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6; grease 6 x 250ml ramekins with the softened butter, then coat with 30g grated cheese. Place the ramekins on a baking tray and chill.

2. Melt the remaining 30g butter in a pan over a medium heat and add the flour, stirring constantly to make a roux, for about 1 minute. Gently add the milk; stir constantly to incorporate. Let the sauce bubble for a few minutes, then add the remaining gruyère; continue stirring until the cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes. Stir the egg yolks into the mixture; season to taste, then add the nutmeg.

3.  Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt till they form soft peaks; fold half into the sauce very gently, until combined; repeat with the other half, keeping the mix airy. Divide between the ramekins and level the tops with a spatula. Run the tip of your thumb around the inside of each dish to make a small gap between the soufflé and dish – this will help it rise.

4. Bake the soufflés on the baking tray for 15 minutes. They should be well risen and golden – but don’t open the oven to check! Serve immediately with the salad. And if the soufflés collapse, laugh…

Photography by Jan Baldwin

Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl began her career as a fashion model. In 2003 she wrote 'The Man With The Dancing Eyes', followed by a novel in 2007, 'Playing With The Grownups'. She has written for US Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Observer, The Guardian and The Times and served as a Orange Prize For Fiction judge. A devoted home cook, she wrote 'Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights', in 2009 before writing/presenting 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' for BBC2. In 2011 she wrote and presented a BBC2 documentary about Isabella Beeton, shortly after 'From Season To Season' was published. In 2013 Dahl designed and modelled a capsule collection for Brora. Dahl lives in the English countryside with her husband and two daughters.

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