Dorie warns us that “the drama is fleeting” with this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – cheese soufflé (pp 150 – 151). I know this about soufflés, I mean who doesn’t? As per my usual modus operandi, I down sized the recipe to what I thought would make two tiny soufflés – one for my lunch one day and one to reheat (they’re not that great reheated – they look ugly – but not bad either – they taste ok) for the next day. Well the recipe made three 6oz soufflés and two tiny (I think 3oz) ones – they burned on the bottom because I was too afraid to take them out when I thought they were ready – so obviously Dorie’s serves are more generous than my serving dishes.
I didn’t take a photo of the soufflés in the oven because my oven door is really dirty (ahem!) but they rose pretty high. The fleeting drama. Because about 2 seconds after I had my oven mitt on the tray, they deflated. At first, a little…
Then when I got them outside, a lot….
Ok so they were deflated… But the taste?
This was great – fluffy and cheese and nicely browned on top. Kind of unevenly risen but I like the rustic look. I’d make these again. I’d just make sure that the guests were in the kitchen to witness the fleeting drama 😉
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50 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie: Cheese soufflé”
I like the “poof” in action.
I think rustic is going to be the word of the week 🙂 Have a great weekend.
I love the word rustic. It covers a multitude of sins!
Oh, I love your minis!!!! Mine almost looks scorched on the top…and yours are just perfect (hidden flaws don’t count ;))!
Hidden flaws definitely do not count!
Looks really good! I love cheese souffles and this recipe sounds fantastic! I need to get this book… Thanks for sharing!
The book is so good – only a couple recipes so far that either have not worked or that I didn’t like.
I think a perfect drinks match for this is a nice bottle of Champagne. Okay, I’ll let you pick a sparkler from another region or country…but stick to something ncie and crisp, preferably traditional method.
I have always wanted to make cheese soufflé, it looks great!!
I love the minis! And your cute little fromage plate!
Thanks! I love my fromages plate too!
They look gorgeous. I always worry about the souffle deflating on me that’s why I am hesitant to make it, but one day I will bite the bullet and go for it. Your cheese souffle sounds delicious.
You know it doesn’t matter at the end of the day – they still taste great!
These are adorable and perfect for the rain today.
Yeah, a great rainy day lunch!
For some reason souffles ALWAYS make more than you think they’re going to, and so no matter the recipe I make sure to have extra containers at the ready. Yours are very cute!
Yeah I was surprised how many this made – so much!
your minis are beautiful! I re-heated mine for lunch as well – not pretty but still tasty:)
Indeed, not pretty but tasted good, huh?
Such beautiful mini souffles! Nicely done! I also re-heated mine for lunch and they were still very good!
Yes I was surprised that they tasted good the next day too!
Deflated or not, I think that your souffles look wonderful and at least you made them. It will most likely take me as long to try these as it did macarons!
No Paula, they really are easy!
Souffle looks fantastic. I’m dying to try making some I just haven’t got to it yet…. but with al the post today you all are certainly inspiring me. 🙂
It’s not that difficult actually – they get a bad rap!
Beautifully done. Deflated or not, the flavor is great. Makes me think of cheesecake.
Hubby and I enjoyed ours with a lovely side salad.
Yes it’s a great meal with a salad!
I like the “rustic” look myself, and really liked your square souffle dishes. As usual, fun to see all the different takes on one recipe.
Thanks – I like the square ones too !
Your souffles look ADORABLE!!! Yum.
Thank you so much!
This is on my bucket list, I am nervous to make them….and excited:-) I still think your souffles look wonderful even if they deflated:-) Take care, Terra
Just go for it. Even if they don’t rise properly they will taste great!
I think they look beautiful!
Fleeting indeed. I had my husband take these out of the oven while I had the camera in my hand the whole time so that I could try to capture a picture before the moment was over. You had great color on yours, they look just perfect.
Thanks! I was making them alone so no choice. I knew they would sink, glad they still seem to look tasty to everyone!
I love all your differing sized souffles. Wish I’d done that!
Well now I know the dishes to use in future – those teeny ones were too small!
I didn’t do it this time but I think minis are the way to go so you get more of that very tasty, nutty, browned crusts and bits. My favorite part of the soufflé. Looks quite yummy!
My favourite part of the soufflé 😉
I wish I’d made little ones. They are so much cuter than one big one. Also, the little ones seem to yield more browned topping, which was my favorite part.
Yes I liked the crunchy part on top too!
This cheese souffle looks so beautiful and delicious! I love that these are small, individual treats too!
Everything looks better when it’s mini-sized!
Beautiful individually-sized clouds of yumminess. Yours are so nicely browned!
Thanks so much!
I’ve been thinking after seeing a couple of Dorie souffles this week that I’ve NEVER made souffle despite my general adoration for cheesy and eggy things.
Great plan to bake individual portions of stuff for your lunch – hope my husband doesn’t read this, he’ll never agree to sandwiches ever again!!
Oh I would never send this along to work with Neil – I’d start getting orders!
YUM! I’ve never had a cheese souffle but that looks delicious enough to give it a try!