After baking chocolate soufflé twice, I decided to bake Gordon Ramsay’s passion fruit and banana soufflé for christmas 2012 in Edinburgh. It turned out pretty well.
To think of it, I have never baked soufflé in Glasgow before. This was because I was so attached to Edinburgh for the first 6 months of moving up north that I was travelling to Edinburgh soooo frequently. Each time I travel down, I take my car filled to the brim with my baking and cooking utensils and equipment.
I have fallen in love with soufflé so much that I will definitely order soufflé everytime I step into a michelin star restaurant or any restaurant.
After baking souffles a couple of times, I finally get the hang of making the creme patisserie with the correct consistency. The creme patisserie is extremely crucial as it determines whether your soufflé is likely to fail or succeed. Especially for this particular soufflé, if your creme patisserie is not thick enough, your end result will be quite liquid-y and your soufflé will most probably collapse during baking.
I love how light this soufflé is compared to the chocolate soufflé. Also you won’t get tired of eating it, where as you get very ‘jelak’ (satiated) when you eat the chocolate soufflé.
Recipe for passion fruit and banana soufflé by Gordon Ramsay at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12554/
Unsalted butter, softened (but not liquid) for brushing
8 tbsp grated plain chocolate
6 passion fruits (make sure they are really ripe)
1 banana, mashed with a little lemon juice
1 egg, separated
50g caster sugar
1/2 lemon (use the other 1/2 for the banana)
icing sugar, for dusting
100ml double cream
50g caster sugar
3 large eggs, separated (keep the whites for later)
15g plain flour
- To make the crème patisserie, bring the milk and cream to the boil in a saucepan then take it off the heat. Whisk the sugar and egg yolks together, sift the flours onto the mixture and whisk. To stop the sauce ending up lumpy, whisk a splash of the milk mix in first then pour in the rest, whisking as you go. Put the pan on the heat and stir with a wooden spoon for a couple of minutes, then take it off the heat and whisk it. Keep taking the pan on and off the heat, whisking as you go, until the crème patisserie thickens. Cook it for a reasonable amount of time so the flour flavour cooks out but don’t overdo it or the mixture may split. Five minutes should be enough. You should end up with a thickish, smooth sauce. Chill until you need it, it’ll keep for a day or so.
- Now prep the moulds. You’ll need 4 soufflé moulds or large ramekins about 250ml. To butter moulds properly start by putting a little butter in the base of each mould and then brush upwards around the mould using vertical strokes. You brush upwards to encourage the soufflé to rise evenly. If your mould has a rim, make sure the butter covers the inside of the rim as well. Now chill the ramekins to set the butter for 2 minutes and then brush on another layer in the same way. Don’t be tempted to chill the first layer for any longer or you’ll end up with 2 separate layers rather than 1 thick one. Spoon the chocolate into the first mould and turn it around, tipping the chocolate so it covers the inside completely, do this over a dish to catch any that falls out. Tip the excess into the next mould and repeat until you have covered all of them. Chill the moulds until you need them.
- Scrape the passion fruit seeds and pulp into a sieve and rub the pulp and juice through to leave all the seeds behind. Add the mashed banana and mix it in well. This will make the base flavour so it should be quite strong.
- Put the egg whites from the crème patisserie plus the extra egg white in a bowl and start to whisk them, you need to get a bit of momentum going before you add the sugar so make sure they get quite thick first. Add a few drops of lemon juice to help strengthen the bond between the whites, whisk this in and then add the sugar, whisking all the time. I use a table top mixer for this but a hand whisk will do the job as well. Keep whisking until you have a very thick, shiny mixture.
- You can now start putting together the soufflé. When you use a base flavour that is quite acidic like this one, you need to be careful that it doesn’t curdle the base or the egg whites. Put the crème patisserie in a bowl, add the passion fruit mixture and whisk the lot together.
- Add 2/3 of the egg white to start with and really beat it in with a whisk. This will make sure that the flavouring is equally distributed and will make the mixture loose enough to fold in the rest of the white. Keep beating until the mixture is quite smooth and there are no lumps – you are not trying to end up with a stiff mixture so don’t worry if it gets quite floppy. Now add the remaining egg white to the bowl and fold it in very gently, this is the only stage at which you have to be gentle. You might be surprised at how soft the mixture is at this point, but don’t worry, it shouldn’t be too stiff. If you get the mixture right at this point, it will hold in the fridge for up to 1 1/2 hours so you can make it before your guests arrive and then just cook the soufflés when you need them.
- Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Fill each mould 3/4 full then tap on the work surface to get rid of any air bubbles. Fill right up to the top. Flatten off the top of each by scraping across the surface with the blade of a knife. Clean the mould then run the tip of your finger around the inside edge of the mould to separate the mixture from the dish, this will stop the soufflé flopping over the edge of the dish as it rises. Put the soufflés on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes or until risen. Don’t open the oven door completely, you can have a little look but keep the temperature even. As long as the soufflés are cooked properly they won’t sink straight away, give them a shake to make sure they are not too wobbly and check the top looks cooked. Dust with icing sugar straight away and serve.