This light and fluffy strawberry soufflé is surprisingly easy to make and makes for a beautiful dessert any time of the year.
There are some recipes which sound too intimidating to try. And when I do try them and see how easy it actually is, I am left wondering what took me so long.
Soufflés are one such recipe. A soufflé is basically a sort of baked egg pudding made with stiffly beaten egg whites. It can be either sweet or savory depending on what you mix in with the egg whites. Sugar, chocolate, fruit, cheese, vegetables or even ham are all acceptable soufflé add-ins.
I am on a strawberry kick of late. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see all the different things I’ve been making with berries and other summer fruits.
Ever since I shared my first soufflé making endeavor on Instagram, I’ve been asked by several folks for the recipe. I had originally followed a recipe that I found in the great Mary Berry’s recipe book. Doesn’t she have an adorable name, by the way?!
There were a couple of things that didn’t work for me the first time. The eggs work best when separated while cold, but beaten at room temperature. This helps them to really bulk up and get stiff and shiny like we want them for a soufflé. I found the original recipe too sweet for my liking. A few alterations and adjustments later, I finally have a strawberry soufflé recipe fit to share with you. Though the original recipe doesn’t call for it, I have added a pinch of cream of tartar while whisking the egg whites. Cream of tartar is acidic and helps stabilize the air molecules you are whipping into the egg whites, but you can leave it out if you don’t have it.
Once I figured out the basic steps, I set out to make these strawberry soufflé cups again and really adapted it to suit my taste in terms of sweetness, strawberry flavor and color.
A soufflé is best enjoyed immediately because even though it rises beautifully and magnificently, it can deflate pretty quickly too.
But not to worry, it tastes just as delicious even if it looks deflated. So let that little detail not stop you. Soufflés are great desserts to make with kids. The way the soufflé rises in the oven is simply mesmerizing to watch!
Can you imagine just a couple of pantry staples coming together to make something as pretty and superbly delicious as this dessert? If you are still apprehensive, fear not. If I can make soufflés, any one can. Take a deep breath and read on for the super easy soufflé recipe. You can do it!
This recipe has been inspired by the Summer Berry Soufflés recipe from Baking With Mary Berry cookbook.
- Fresh strawberries - 12 oz, hulled and chopped
- Cornstarch - 2 tsp
- Sugar - 6 tbsp, divided
- Egg whites - 3, large
- Cream of tartar - a pinch
- Powdered sugar - for dusting
- Butter - 1 tbsp, melted, for greasing the ramekins
- Take the strawberries in a saucepan and start heating gently to soften it.
- Mix cornstarch in a tablespoon of water and add to the berries along with 2 tbsp sugar. Cook till strawberries are soft and sauce is thick, 2-3 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve pressing on the berries to make a smooth puree. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350 deg.F. Lightly brush melted butter to coat the insides of four 6-oz ramekins. If you want to, you can lightly dust the ramekins with fine, granulated sugar as well.
- In a large mixing bowl, start beating the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed. Initially it will be frothy, but in a couple of minutes, the egg whites will start to become stiff and opaque.
- Add ¼ cup sugar, a teaspoon at a time, and keep beating the egg whites till stiff and shiny.
- Gently fold in ¼ cup of strawberry puree. The mixture will be a pale pink now.
- Gently spoon the soufflé mixture into the prepared ramekins. Level the tops and run a knife or the tip of your finger around the rims. This will help the soufflés to rise properly.
- Place ramekins on a baking pan and bake in the center of the oven for 15-16 minutes. Soufflés should be puffed and tops should be a light golden color.
- Remove from oven, dust with powdered sugar and serve soufflés immediately with any leftover strawberry puree on the side.
Enjoy this light and airy cloud-like homemade strawberry soufflé with your family and friends. It takes very little time to put together, you can also make soufflés for an intimate dinner party. Way to impress your friends!!
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Do you like soufflé? Have you tried making soufflé at home? Do try this pretty pink soufflé with fresh summer strawberries for a delicious treat.
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