A classic soufflé. The secret is to cook it so that it is ready when guests sit down as it sinks almost immediately. Serve as a casual lunch together with a simple mixed leaf salad. Alternatively serve as a starter in individual ramekins, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. gflvd_overnightcheesesouffle

1 cup milk
40g butter
1/4 cup flour
3 egg yolks
1T crème fraîche
Freshly ground pepper and salt
Freshly ground nutmeg
4 egg whites
100g Emmenthaler cheese, finely grated

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease a 16cm ovenproof soufflé dish.
  2. Place the milk in a small saucepan and bring to the boil and set aside.
  3. Make a white sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and stir in over low heat. Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the milk, whisking continuously. Return to a low heat and simmer, stirring continuously, until it is the consistency of heavy cream.
  4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks one at a time. Add the crème fraîche, pepper, salt and nutmeg, and stir in. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Beat the egg whites, with a good pinch of salt until firm, taking care not to over beat.
  6. Beat 1T of egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, and then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites, together with the grated cheese.
  7. Immediately pour the mixture into the prepared soufflé dish (it should be approximately 3/4 full).
  8. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the soufflé has risen and is golden on top.
  9. Transfer immediately to the table and serve from the dish.

Serves 4

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